162 Cal. Rptr. 530 (1980)
Testator unilaterally terminated a joint tenancy held with plaintiff spouse by reconveying her joint tenancy interest to herself as tenant in common in order to dispose of her interest in the property by will. The trial court quieted title to plaintiff on summary judgment, and defendant executrix appealed.
- The court held that one joint tenant could unilaterally sever the joint tenancy without the use of an intermediary device.
- The court found no reason to perpetuate the archaic rule that one could not transfer property to himself and concluded that a contrary holding would defeat the intention of the grantor.
The court reversed summary judgment, holding that one joint tenant could unilaterally sever the joint tenancy without the use of an intermediary device.
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