I would like to add my wife to the deed on the house using a quit claim deed. Is that considered a change of ownership? I do not want my taxes to rise.
The type of deed you use has nothing to do with whether the ownership changes for computing property taxes. If you convey part of your property to your wife, however, this would probably not be considered a change of ownership. However, the fact that you can convey the property to your wife does not mean that it is the smart thing to do.. Choosing the best way to make sure your wife takes the property after your death depends on several factors, including whether you and your wife are planning to have children, whether either or both of you have children from previous marriages, and whether you want to plan for the possibility of divorce. In any event it is not something you should do yourself with a deed form you find online. You should consult an experienced real estate lawyer in your area. Your lawyer can advise you on the best way to accomplish your purpose.
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