With a family-owned property, the rules can get complicated. Here’s what you need to know. Q: Eight members, cousins and siblings, currently share ownership in a summer cottage in Maine. Our current rules have worked fine for over 80 years but as the family ownership expands, things will ultimately get more difficult. We are considering [...]
A will, living trust and power of attorney are all useful documents to have in your estate plan. Which documents are right for you can depend on your situation and the size of your estate. Q: I would like to express my appreciation to you for your reply and guidance to a previous question some [...]
In most states, estranged spouses are entitled to a portion of their spouse's estate. Protecting your assets, as in this reader's case, can be complicated but an estate attorney can help. Q: I was married in 2010. My husband left me in 2014. In 2015, I purchased a house. I have four daughters, none with [...]
When transferring rental property to your child, is it better to sell it to them or leave it to them in a will? Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages. Q: First, I always enjoy reading your advice column in the Torrance CA Daily Breeze home guide magazine. Your article today, "Selling a rental property [...]
What is a successor trustee? And, can she live abroad? We get questions like these fairly frequently, as immigrants to the United States often try to buy a home as quickly as possible. But, they may not have anyone living in the United States who they trust to take care of their wishes. Q: My [...]
When deciding how to pass on property to loved ones, there are many choices. You can transfer property now using a quit claim deed. You can transfer property later using a will. Or, you can place your property in a living trust now and set forth your wishes for the disposition of your property in the trust. The living trust can then dispose of your assets upon your death avoiding probate court requirements and you can control the property you own while you are living.