Thursday, December 13, 2018
Gerry W. Beyer recently published an Article entitled, Lady Bird Deeds and Transfer on Death Deeds, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law eJournal (2018). Provided below is an abstract of the Article.
A carefully prepared estate plan often contains personal property which passes outside of the probate process such as beneficiary designations on bank accounts, life insurance, and retirement accounts. With regard to real property (often the family home), inter vivos trusts serve as the traditional non-probate transfer mechanism. Although this technique has many advantages, it adds complexity and cost to the estate planning process, especially for individuals with limited resources. Alternatively, estate planners may decide to use a life estate deed where the client retains a life estate and transfers the remainder interest to the desired recipient. A life estate deed, however, can not be changed after execution, creating problems if the client later wishes to undo the action or change the remainder beneficiary. Modern law now provides two alternatives to inter vivos trusts and life estate deeds: Lady Bird Deeds and Transfer on Death Deeds.