My father purchased a house with his own income. He died intestate. My mother had predeceased my father. Being his only child, I inherited this house. Can my children claim any rights in this inherited property?
Rajesh Bhutala As the property inherited by you was purchased by your father through his own income, the property is your individual property and your children cannot claim any right. You may deal with the property at your discretion. I am the original allottee of a flat in an under-construction project. I have already paid a significant amount by way of deposits and charges to the developer. I now want to transfer my allotment to another individual. Will these deposits and charges be refunded?
—Nandan Chawla Once the developer approves the transfer of allotment in favour of your nominee, generally and as per prevailing market practices, deposits and charges which are paid by you up to the date of transfer of allotment, shall stand transferred into the account of the nominee instead of being refunded to you. This is so because the nominee shall step into your shoes as the intending buyer. Hence, you may take this amount into account when determining the price payable to you by the nominee. I and my siblings jointly inherited a property from my mother. Due to certain differences, I now wish to separate. As our inheritance of property was over a decade ago, will my suit for partition be time-barred?
—Smita Sharma As a co-owner, your right to sue for partition is continuing in nature (ie it is not time-barred). Hence, you may demand identification and separation of your share in the property, at any time.