A family settlement agreement offers a hassle-free solution

We’re two brothers and one sister. Within the occasion of our mum or dad’s demise, we brothers stand to inherit some immovable property and we plan to pay some quantity to our sister in settlement. What’s the proper approach to execute this?

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We assume that the immovable property in query is self-acquired and never coparcenary property/Hindu undivided household (HUF) property. We assume that the relations are in alignment along with your proposal. In that case, the household might think about a household settlement for the asset(s). The construction of the household settlement settlement (FSA) might envisage both a switch of the property to the brothers throughout your dad and mom’ lifetime (which might be optimum), or upon their demise (vide their respective Wills). The primary possibility will entice stamp obligation and registration costs, whereas the second possibility doesn’t. The second possibility solely comes into impact upon the mum or dad(s)’s demise, whereas the primary could be undertaken instantly. However the second possibility does crystalize the rights amongst all of you. It’s value exploring this along with your legal professional.

In both case, your sister can be supplied a financial settlement quantity as consideration below the FSA and for renouncing her potential rights within the property. To make sure alignment with the FSA, your dad and mom should additionally concurrently execute their respective Wills to document their intention to bequeath the property in favour of you and your brother solely, and the fee of the money quantity to your sister in lieu of the property. Registering the executed Wills with the registrar could also be helpful. On condition that the method of amending a registered Will can usually be procedurally tedious, it could dissuade your dad and mom to change their Wills on an impulse later. Within the occasion their Wills document a opposite bequest in respect of the property, the executed FSA (and the consideration transferred thereunder) will present you robust grounds to problem the validity of the bequest.

Rishabh Shroff is accomplice, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

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