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Minonk State Bank v. Grassman

Supreme Court of Illinois
447 N.E.2d 822 (1983)


Property was conveyed to Agnes, Gustav, Ida, and Frieda Grassman as joint tenants. Gustav and Frieda died, after which Ida Grassman (defendant) conveyed her interest to herself for the purpose of dissolving the rights of survivorship that was created in the original conveyance. Agnes died next, leaving Ida the only remaining tenant. Minonk State Bank (plaintiff), administrator of Agnes’s estate, sought a declaratory judgment to determine what interest Agnes’s estate had in the subject property and to force a sale. The trial court declared Ida the sole surviving joint tenant, and therefore the sole owner of the entire estate and dismissed the other claims. The appellate court reversed, holding that Ida’s conveyance to herself terminated the joint tenancy, giving her only an undivided one-half interest in the property. Ida Grassman was granted the current appeal.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Goldenhersh, J.)

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