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Imagine this: You’re retired, your only significant asset is your home, you’re very close to your child or children, and you don’t want the cost of creating an estate plan. You think to yourself, what’s the harm of simply putting your home in the name of your child to avoid probate and then be done with it?
We’ve gotten this question more than once at our office, and we almost always advise against it.
There are a number of reasons to keep your home in your own name, the biggest ones being property taxes and your child’s liabilities. These aren’t the only reasons to keep your home in your own name, however. Others include:
* Your relationship with your child may not be as great as you think it is. Once the home is in their name they have no obligation to continue to let you live in it one, two or ten years down the line.
* You have more than one child. Putting your home in one child’s name can cause a rift of bad feelings between siblings. The alternative, of putting the home in the names of all your children, only makes it more vulnerable to liabilities and paperwork errors.
* There are other, safer ways to avoid probate. One of those ways is with a Revocable Living Trust. A Revocable Living Trust is flexible, reliable, and doesn’t have to be expensive.
Don’t make a mistake that could end up causing you to lose your home.
Contact our office to discuss how we can help you protect your family and your assets from probate and liabilities.