My father owns a house outright in California. I am the only child, and the house is in trust to be inherited down to me. My mother passed 2 years ago. If I in turn sell the house after my dad passes, do I get hit with capital gains tax?
If mom died without a Will (called dying intestate) then the Probate Court has to approve the disposition of her assets. Someone has to go to the Probate Court where she died and start the proceedings. It won't matter where you live. Her assets will be divided per the law which generally...Read more »
My father still has a small mortgage on the home. He already has a Will and Durable POA. He is interested in creating a mechanism such as a living trust by which his home and minivan can be transferred to me as his sole heir without the necessity of the property going through probate. His Will... Read more »
The custodian of the Will is required by law to "lodge" it with the Probate Court and start the process. The court appoints an Admiistrator and then supervises the distribution of the assets. It is kind of a long, annoying process which is why we use Trusts to avoid it.
My parents, who are in their 80's still paying mortgage on house. What is involved for me to pay off the mortgage and putting the title under my name so my parents do not have to worry about this anymore?
If you move the house into your name while they are alive then you will give up a HUGE tax advantage. Right now if the house is sold, your parents have a big tax liability for all the profit they make on the sale (probably). If they GIVE the property to you then you carry the...Read more »
My boyfriend is a co-trustee and beneficiary of a family trust. The entire family consists of my boyfriend, his mother and brother (the three co-trustees). They do not have any other family members, extended or otherwise. However, last year my boyfriend and I had a daughter together, but she is not... Read more »
You have to look at the Trust to see how it is written. When I write one I make it so you never have to worry about this problem and don't have to update your Trust every time anyone has a baby. I bet this Trust is written that way too, BUT a Trust can be written any way the client wants so...Read more »
Yes. The Statutory Will is designed to be foolproof, but if you have any special circumstances or want to get tricky then get some help. A professional will make sure you avoid Probate, plan for long term nursing care and avoid serious tax mistakes.
My father owns his house outright, and wants to put the house in my name now. First, is this a good idea? The house is in a trust to me in case he passes. Second, if and when I become the owner of the house, can I resume the prop 13 taxes? If I can resume those prop 13 taxes, if I were to sell... Read more »
If you inherit the house instead of having it gifted, you save a ton of money on taxes. If you inherit then your tax basis is stepped up to the current value; if dad gifts it then you also get his tax basis. That means a huge difference in the taxable gain when you sell....Read more »
To get a deed changed you need an order from the Probate Court, unless the property was in a Trust.
The Probate Court will look at the Will and hold hearings to make sure there are no problems, and then give an order for authority to distribute the assets. If there was no Will then you do...Read more »
If you are specifically named as getting nothing, then all you can do is challenge the mental capacity of your father to make that decision. If he was in his full senses, then he has the right to exclude you if he wants to.
I am a 50 year old woman living in California. I never married, have no kids and minimal assets (I own my car and have about $1000 in the bank). Both of my parents and my siblings all live in Pennsylvania. I'm starting the process of "getting my affairs in order" and think the first... Read more »
In 2001 I married xxx, and she took my name. She died of leukemia in 2005. She had no will, but also no significant property so whatever she had just came to me. From time to time over the years I’ve received mail addressed to xxx from the IBEW (she had been an electrician at one time before I... Read more »
First of all, tell Fidelity that she passed away. If it was a retirmenet account then there is a beneficiary named by her and Fidelity will want to send that person the money; no fuss, no muss. If that person is NOT YOU then you might want to get angry if the money was earned during your...Read more »
My grandmother left her home to her five children in a living trust, and my mother and uncle are requesting to leave their shares to me. The property cannot be sold unless all five children agree to sell it, and currently my mother and uncle are living at the property with myself. They would like... Read more »
If i am adding a beneficiary to my trust and wish to assure them I will not remove them as beneficiary ever, is there a legal agreement that can be signed stating they and I must mutually agree before they can be removed?
So you want to protect them from you ever changing your mind?
They only way I can think of doing that would be to have a new irrevocable trust (I am assuming your current one is a Living/Revocable Trust). As long as you are alive you can always change your Living Trust.
I am afraid that if her name is on the asset, then it belongs to her and the Will had no control over it (unless the deceased's name is on the asset too, in which case it gets harder and depends on exactly how the names are on the paperwork).
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