Rose Law Firm of Napa Valley, Inc.

Q: I created my trust 6 years ago and just purchased another piece of real estate. Do I need to do anything special to make sure the new property is part of my trust?

A: Yes you do! This is what we estate planning attorneys refer to as "trust funding". In this case, you will need to make sure you sign and record a new grant deed showing your trust as the owner of the property! And remember, if you forget to do this, your...

Q: My mom recently passed away with a paid off home (worth $500,000) but owning no cash assets. Unfortunately, she also had $20,000 of credit card debt. Will I be forced to sell her house to pay off the debt?

A: Potentially. The bottom-line is this: creditors have first priority BEFORE any heirs/beneficiaries receive estate assets. Therefore, since your mom’s estate is solvent, the credit card company is entitled to be paid back in full. However, since your mom’s estate...