Harville-Stein Law Offices, LLC

 

HARVILLE-STEIN LAW OFFICES, LLC
2159 S. MCKENZIE STREET, #250
FOLEY, AL 36535
Phone: 251.979.6641


 

SERVING BALDWIN COUNTY, ALABAMA


 

Inclusion of Child in Deed

Question: Should my dad include a child on the deed to avoid a lengthy probate?

Question Detail: My dad owns a house and 6 acres and has 5 children.

He was told he should include a child on the deed to avoid lengthy probate.

is this okay, and how is it done?

 

Answer: Certain problems can arise from putting an adult child on a deed. One of the most concerning, is the way the question was worded, it seems

like he would put "one" of his five children, not all. That could create obvious problems of that child not later deeding to the others "their" share, or that child subsequently dying  and his/her family having claim to the property.  Also, depending on how it is done, it may impact your dad's ability to qualify for Medicaid if needed, or even create a current gift to the child(ren) whose name(s) are on the deed. You need to consult an attorney to fully explore all the issues before you have your father make this decision. 

 

Dean D. Stein, CMA

 

Nov 19th 2011

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