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My mom is in advanced stages of cancer (approx 1 month to live), still coherent but not expected to stay coherent much longer.

Venice, FL |

Does not have substantial assets ; just the family home valued around 70000 and an RV valued at 22000 both have liens and basically no equity . Family in agreement ; daughter getting house with mtg and son getting RV w / loan . Is there a simple form we can complete to assure ownership transfers or would we need an elder care attorney . All of her other property has been divided and accounted for . Nothing is being contested . Thank you in advance for your help .

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    When you say "family in agreement," it sounds like everyone - your mother included - agree with this distribution of the property. If this is the case, there are at least three options:

    1) surrender the property to the lien holders. If you're "upside down" on the loans and don't want to keep the property, this is a good option.
    2) If you want to keep the RV and the house, then you may want to either create a trust to manage these assets or,
    3) Make a will devising the house and RV; but you may need to discuss transferring the financing with the lenders.

    The difficulty here is the financing, not the transfer of the property.


  2. The family has no righto be I agreement at this stage. The assets are the property of your mother and she has the right to distribute those assets in any manner she sees fit. Absent a will, the items will then be distributed per intestate succession. At that point, your family can agree on whatever they want.

    Hiring an estate planner to talk to her, explain her rights, and allow her to make her own decision is a good way to go.

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  3. Your mother needs to meet with an estate planning attorney. He or she can draft and execute estate planning documents that distribute your mother's property the way she desires. Without a Will in place, the property will pass pursuant to the intestacy statutes.


  4. I agree with my colleagues. You would be best served to have your mother consult with an estate planning attorney. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed, possibly including a durable power of attorney for your mother, in case she DOES become incapacitated. You also want to try to arrange things to avoid the need for probate, upon your mother's death. There are a number of ways to do this. You need a qualified attorney to help you determine which way is best to achieve your mother's objectives.

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  5. First, the liens take priority over any transfer you would do at this date. Why would you and your brother want to assume liability that can and would be erased when your mom passes? I don't know what state you are in, but I would call the banks and tell them your mother is deceased and where would they like the keys delivered. Take the heirlooms that have no value to the banks and put them in your house before your mom dies as gifts. If you want to KEEP the house, then consult with an estate planning attorney and put the house into a trust. Change the title on the home to your mom's trust while she is alive. Keep the payments current. Make sure the daughter is the beneficiary of the house/trust. Keep payments current and the bank will likely not know the difference. When you want to sell, then you will have the power over the transactions as the successor Trustee. Like the other attorneys here are saying, this can get complicated. Go see a certified elder law specialist or an estate planning attorney who has practiced for about twenty years. My sense, however, is that you should let the property go and keep the memories.


  6. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I know this is gut-wrenching for all of you.

    I often use what I call a Probate Avoidance deed to keep real property out of probate. It is an enhanced life estate that allows the owner to name beneficiaries right on the deed. Your mother can speak to the finance company about the RV and let them know what she wants to do with it. If they agree to transfer the financing, then they might allow her to add the new owner's name to the title.

    dennis@411financial.com

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