I am planning to buy a newly constructed property, the owner of which had earlier executed a registered agreement to sell with another buyer. However, the transaction between the owner and the previous buyer did not materialise into a sale deed. What precautions should I take before purchasing this property?
—Jatin Bhatia You may inspect the cancellation deed executed by the owner with the previous prospective buyer. The clauses of the cancellation deed must clearly and unambiguously state that the agreement to sell previously executed by the parties now stands cancelled. Also, you must ensure that this cancellation deed has been duly registered at the office of the sub-registrar in whose jurisdiction this property is situated. Can I appoint more than one person as an executor under my will? Can these executors also simultaneously be beneficiaries in the same will?
—Mehak Singla Yes, it is permissible for a testator (person making a will) to appoint more than one executor (that is, joint executors) under a will. Second, under the Indian Succession Act, a person who has been named as a beneficiary under a will can also be validly named as an executor/joint executor in the same will. Despite having purchased a large portion of a plot from its buyer (approximately 75% of the total plot area), the buyer is refusing to hand over the chain of previous title documents to me. Is he entitled to refuse?
—Chain Singh Even though you are now the owner of a larger portion of the plot, given that the seller continues to own the remaining portion of this plot, the seller is entitled to retain the chain of previous title documents of the entire plot.