It is in my name only, and I have paid all maintenance from my personal checking account. I want the house to go to my children, and my husband agrees with that plan. Do I need a trust, or can I stipulate in a will what I want to happen, assuming he also signs in some manner to indicate his agreement?
Without knowing all your family's information it would be irresponsible to offer an opinion. Any time you have an estate that is large enough to include a paid-for house, it is in your best interest to have your estate planned by a knowledgeable attorney.
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Estate Planning Attorney
Attorney Elder is correct. Based on your statement of information, you would be wise to consult with a local estate planning attorney to be sure that you are able to achieve your wishes. If you need a referral to an attorney, try the local bar association or the Avvo Find a Lawyer tool.
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Landlord / Tenant Lawyer
A trust in WA is more of a tax planning instrument, but if you are intent that you want this house to go to your children, I agree that it is worth it to make an appointment and go discuss this with a knowledgeable local estate planning attorney. Irv Sonkin and Theresa Schrempp in Bellevue are very good at this. I wholeheartedly recommend their work. Elizabeth Powell
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Criminal Defense Attorney
While I agree with the other answers that you benefit from meeting with an attorney, I would like to add a Will is certainly an appropriate tool to dispose of your property at the time of your passing.
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