In 2015, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that a warranty deed with the grantees listed as “Herbert Love and Gloria Love” vested the property in a tenancy by the entirety. There was no language in the deed designating the grantees as a married couple, such as “husband and wife” or “tenants by the entirety.” In fact, the only way someone reading the deed would know that the grantees were married was that the grantees were also the grantors, where it listed them as husband and wife. The court made its decision by looking to precedent case law which states that the words “husband and wife” or “tenants by the entirety” are not necessary to the creation of a tenancy by the entirety.
Hutcheson, J. (2019). Say What You Mean! How Arkansas Courts Are Contradicting the Default Rule of Tenancy in Common. Arkansas Law Notes. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/arlnlaw/2