To remove a life tenancy upon the death of the life tenant you must record an affidavit of death of life tenant with the county recorder
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I suggest that your father consult a elder law trust and estate counsel BEFORE taking such an action.
We do not have Lady Bird deeds in CA. There are many other issues which need to be considered, other than the one you mention. Taking a wrong step in the process could be VERY expensive.
Your father, and his estate, would be better served with a living trust where all issues concerning his life estate can be spelled out and potential problems associated with such a transfer avoided.
Transferring real property in this fashion may require your father to file a gift tax return and could result in a loss of beneficial property tax treatment as well as a loss of potential valuable government benefits.
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Both answers you have received are good advice, especially in relation to seeking legal counsel. Creating a life estate has several ramifications that must be considered before you move forward. It would be "Penny Wise and Pound Foolish" to proceed down this track without fully understanding all ramifications and seeking competent legal counsel to effectuate your decisions.