Shared History, Divided Property: Ancestral Property in India Explored!

Ancestral property in India is property that is inherited by a person from their ancestors. It is also known as coparcenary property. Ancestral property is typically divided among the male members of the family, but daughters can also claim a share in the property under certain circumstances.

The legality of ancestral property in India is governed by the Hindu Succession Act, 1956. The Act defines ancestral property as property that has been passed down from father to son for three generations. Ancestral property can also be acquired by a person through inheritance from their mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother.

The division of ancestral property is governed by the rules of survivorship. This means that when a coparcener dies, their share in the property is divided among the surviving coparceners. Daughters are not considered coparceners under the Hindu Succession Act, but they can claim a share in the property if they are born before the commencement of the Act.

Daughters can also claim a share in the property if their father dies without a will. In this case, the daughters will share the property equally with the sons.

The division of ancestral property can be a complex and contentious issue. If you are involved in a dispute over ancestral property, it is important to seek legal advice.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about ancestral property in India:

  • Ancestral property can be sold or mortgaged by the coparceners. However, if a coparcener sells or mortgages their share in the property without the consent of the other coparceners, the other coparceners can challenge the sale or mortgage in court.
  • Ancestral property can be partitioned by the coparceners. Partition is the process of dividing the property into separate shares for the coparceners. Partition can be done by agreement or by court order.
  • If a coparcener dies without a will, their share in the ancestral property will be inherited by their heirs according to the rules of succession. The heirs can be either male or female.

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are for informational purposes only based on industry reports and related news stories. PropertyPistol does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information and shall not be held responsible for any action taken based on the published information.


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