Estate Planning And Business Law In Napa Valley And Beyond

Q: My mom recently died without a will and had a vacant parcel of land in Modoc County worth about $10,000. Can my sister and I transfer title to ourselves without a probate?

A: Yes! Assuming your mother didn't have any other probatable assets, you and your sister can file with the court a Form DE-305 in the County where the land is located to have the property title transferred without probate.

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Q: I transferred title to my current home to my trust when my trust was created. I am now selling my home and and am purchasing a new one. How should I take title to my new home?

A: You should take title to your new home in the same way that you hold title to your current home - as trustee of your trust. This will ensure that your new home is a trust asset and that it is not at risk of going through probate to be administered after your death....

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Q: My husband and I completed our trust 10 years ago when we only owned our primary residence. In the next 6-12 months we are planning on making an offer on a rental property. Will we need to make any changes or updates to the trust once we complete that purchase?

A: Yes and no. First, let’s clarify the difference between a trust amendment and trust funding. An amendment is when you actually change the terms of the trust itself; this may be removing a particular successor trustee, or adding a new beneficiary, for example....

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