Beneficiary Deed Can Only be Used by a Natural Person

Question: My mother is the trustee of her revocable living trust (“RLT”), with me as the sole beneficiary.  The only asset in the RLT is my mother’s Sun City home.  My mother wants to simplify things and record a beneficiary deed to me for her home, which beneficiary deed will not be effective until her…

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Title Passes to the Widow

  Question: My husband and I purchased our home in Phoenix 12 years ago as community property with right of survivorship. My husband recently died. The home has increased in value to $186,000, and I am worried about paying taxes. Should I have the title transferred to my name only? I am in my late…

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Inheritor of Home Owes no Estate Tax

  Question:  You frequently mention the benefits of recording a beneficiary deed now for simple inheritance of a home or other real estate.  I know that a beneficiary deed is not effective until death and can be revoked at any time prior to death.  For example, if after recording a beneficiary deed I get angry…

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