A few months ago, I was in the perfect situation to refinanced my mortgage only to find out that I could not refinance because my home is in a Trust. I put my home in a Trust over 6 years ago and at the time had no idea this would prevent me from refinancing my home. My question is...how do I get my house out of the Trust. Do I need an attorney to do this for me or is this something I can do myself?
Estate Planning Attorney
If you have the right to remove property from the trust you need to deed the property from the trust to yourself with a fiduicary deed. This is very typical when you refinance. It is best to have an attorney prepare the deed and any related documents.
After you refinance remember to put the house back into trust to acheive the full benefits of the trust.
Estate Planning Attorney
If your property is in a Trust it should not prevent you from being able to refinance. The only exception is if your property is Registered Land.
In that case, there are additional issues which must be resolved before and after the refinancing of your home. These changes will avoid the same issue happening again should you decide to refinance at some future date.
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It is not uncommon for banks to require you to take the property out of the trust before they will refinance it. This does not require an attorney, only a deed (executed by you as trustee) conveying the property to you (as an invidual). Of course, the trust must be a revocable trust with you named as the trustee (if you're not the trustee, you would have to revoke the trust as to the house and follow the terms of the trust for doing this). If this was an irrevocable trust, court action may be needed.
HOWEVER, REMEMBER TO DEED THE HOME BACK TO THE TRUST WHEN THE REFINANCE IS OVER! If you don't then your home will not be a trust asset and may end up costing your estate a lot of money at your death.
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