Ancestral property disputes take the crown as far as reasons for disputes between blood relations are concerned. Most of the times, people move court because they are unaware of their rights and the legal implications. Here are 11 material facts about ancestral property that one must know:

  1. Property inheritance of up to four generations of male bloodline, which means father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather is known as ancestral property. It should have stayed without division till the fourth generation upwards.
  2. Contrary to other categories of inheritance, where the legacy unfolds only when the owner is no more, any right to a share in such a property is born along with the birth of a child.
  3. Self-acquired property can also be considered part of ancestral property. This is a matter that is firm and resolute as per the facts and ins and outs of a case.
  4. Any property segregated by way of a dissociation deed, family theme and variations, etc., has to pay the price by giving up its ancestral character.
  5. To establish the rights to ancestral property the share of every generation is first ascertained and the succeeding generations’ quota is subsequently split further.
  6. Inheritance of property from mother, grandmother, uncle and even brother is not considered ancestral property.
  7. Properties, inheritance of which comes by way of Will and Gift are not ancestral properties.
  8. Self-acquired property can be bracketed as ancestral property if it is included within the pool of ancestral properties and availed in common.
  9. Property that a father gifts to his son is not considered ancestral property simply because he got it as a gift from his father.
  10. Supreme Court ruled out a daughter’s right to ancestral property in case the father died before amendment of the Hindu law was implemented in 2005.
  11. Concerning property law, a son might be taken off the inheritance of the self-acquired property of his father, but he will continue to have equal rights on the ancestral or the coparcenary property of the Hindu Undivided Family.

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