How does an 82 year mom sign her house over to her daughter?

Asked over 1 year ago - West Palm Beach, FL

my mom has a house in florida and new jersey so we are just wondering how to go about signing them over to my sister and myself. my sister will get the house in new jersey and i would get the house in florida.

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  1. Marshall C Deason Jr.

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    Answered . Your mother can deed the houses to you and your sister. To deed the house in New Jersey, you should consult a lawyer there. On the Florida property, you should consult a Florida lawyer. Among the questions your lawyer will need to answer are: Is your mother competent to execute a deed? Does your mother want to maintain control of the property or live in it during her lifetime? Is the property homestead? Is your mother married.

    The answers to these questions will determine how your lawyer prepares the deeds you need.

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  2. Carol Anne Johnson

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    Answered . Technically, since the homes belong to your mother, SHE needs to contact an elder law, wills and trusts attorney where she lives to draft a proper agreement that will effectuate HER intentions as to the homes. As Attorney Deason mentions, there are many questions that need sorting out to ensure that the result is one that is best for HER - not necessarily you and your sister! Have your Mom see a good attorney if this is something that she wishes to do.

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  3. Gregory Herman-Giddens

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    Answered . New deeds will need to be prepared, but this is not something that should not be done without consulting with an attorney. There are income and gift tax issues, as well other potential issues, such as Medicaid, that need to be considered.

  4. Lawrence Jay Davis

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    Answered . Each of the other attorneys has raised valid points to consider. Your mother should be obtaining independent legal advice about the proposed transfers, both here and with a New Jersey attorney. Her attorneys should not only be familiar with real estate law but elder law as well.

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  5. Jacqueline Alicia Salcines

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    Answered . Your mom would need to deed over the property via quit claim deed but you will have to pay doc stamps. Happy to assist

  6. Laurence I Levinson

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    Answered . In most cases, "signing over" real estate may not be a good idea. The first problem is that "signing over" property is a gift, both for IRS and Medicaid qualification purposes. Gift tax is usually no problem since there is currently a $5,000,000 exclusion for life time gifts. However, it the mother has to apply for Medicaid in the next five years, a penalty will be imposed for the transfer.

    Also, if the house is her residence and it has to be sold, there will be no capital gain exclusion unless the buyer has lived in it for two out of the last five years when it is sold.

    Also, you will lose step up in basis. If the house is gifted, the person receiving the gift also receives the donor's cost basis. That means if the house is sold there could be more capital gain tax that if the house were inherited.

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