La Mesa, CA asked in Estate Planning for California

Q: Do I need to write a will to let my nephews get my Mobil home after I pass.? What kind of from do I have to full out?

My mobile home is small & not a new one.... Thanks

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Howard E. Kane
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Howard E. Kane
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Oakland, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, Mobile Homes are registered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. You should contact If there is a transfer on death beneficiary designated on the title of the Mobile Home, you can use the Department's internal form to transfer title.

Howard E. Kane
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Howard E. Kane
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Oakland, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The California Department of Housing and Community Development is where mobile homes are registered. Their website should lead you to the documentation on adding your nephews as beneficiaries to the title and registering that directive. Of course, restating that in your Will is a good idea too. The HCD's webpage for mobile homes is:

https://www.hcd.ca.gov/manufactured-mobile-home/index.shtml

Julie King
Julie King
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Monterey, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Interestingly, mobile homes attached to the ground are classified as real estate (real property), but mobile homes that are not attached to the ground are classified as vehicles (personal property.) If you add up the value of ALL your assets except retirement and your car, and the assets are valued at $166,250 or more, you likely need a Trust (not a Will), so your nephew and others do not have to go through a year-long court process called probate BEFORE they can inherit your assets. Talk to an estate planning attorney for advice tailored to your specific situation.

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