Transfer on Death Deeds Legal Forms Software
Easily transfer ownership in real estate to another person or entity after the owner(s) of a property dies — all without Probate! Also known as a Beneficiary Deed, this method of property transfer is valid in 26 states plus the District of Columbia. Create a state-specific Transfer on Death Deed document from this easy-to-use software package from Standard Legal!
CREATE A STATE-SPECIFIC TRANSFER ON DEATH DEED DOCUMENT
A Transfer on Death Deed allows for the transfer of ownership in certain types of real property (i.e. vacant land, a house, a condo, etc.) to a named party or parties immediately after the owner(s) of that property dies, all without going through the Probate process.
But the option to use a Transfer on Death Deed is legal and valid only for properties located in the following states:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
This software package provides separate state-specific Transfer on Death Deeds for each of the above-named states, along with an introductory overview of the laws and limitations for using a TOD Deed in that state.
WHO CAN USE A TRANSFER ON DEATH DEED
An owner with a property located in one of the above listed states can create and file a Transfer on Death Deed.
There are almost no limits on who can be named as a Beneficiary of a TOD deed: a family member, friend, charitable organization, business, even a Living Trust. In most states, the Owner can name one Beneficiary or multiple Beneficiaries to own the property after the Owner’s death. The Owner can even name contingent (or alternate) Beneficiaries in case the initial Beneficiary predeceases the Owner.
TRANSFER ON DEATH DEED DOCUMENT SOFTWARE EXAMPLES
SINGLE VS. MULTIPLE OWNERS & BENEFICIARIES
A TOD deed can be used if there is one Owner of a property or multiple Owners. Where there is one Owner, that Owner simply names the Beneficiaries who will receive the property upon the Owner’s death, and properly identifies the property to be transferred.
Different rules apply when there are multiple Owners of a property based on how those multiple Owners hold title to the property, i.e. Tenants in Common, Joint Tenants, or Community Property.
The Owners can choose to name one person as a Beneficiary or name multiple Beneficiaries. In some states, each named Beneficiary need not receive equal ownership interest. In some states, Beneficiaries can inherit property with survivorship rights. Many states also allow for contingent or alternate Beneficiaries to be named in the TOD Deed.
As such, it is very important to review the introduction provided about your state’s laws to determine if contingent Beneficiaries can be named and to what extent such contingent Beneficiaries can be transferred the property should the initial Beneficiaries predecease the Owners.
Finally, to be effective the TOD deed must be completed, signed by the owner(s) and notarized with witnesses. Then, the TOD deed must be recorded with the office of the County Recorder or Register of Deeds while the current owners are alive.
After the death of the Owner (or the death of the last Owner for multiple owners), a TOD affidavit and a death certificate must be presented to the county recorder so that a new Deed can be recorded. The affidavit or other change of ownership document will indicate that the Owner or Owners have died and that the Beneficiaries named in the TOD deed are now the owners of the property.
While a properly signed and recorded TOD Deed can work to avoid the time, effort and cost associated with the probate process, a TOD Deed is not the proper choice for every individual in all cases. Other estate planning options may be more appropriate for a specific individual facing a specific circumstance. As such, Standard Legal strongly recommends that the Owner review federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as consider tax ramifications prior to using a TOD deed.
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SYSTEM, SOFTWARE AND FILE USE REQUIREMENTS:
Standard Legal software works on virtually all Windows, Apple, Macintosh, Android and Linux-based PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
The legal forms are provided as Adobe PDF files with fillable form fields.
Use the FREE Adobe Reader to complete and print the PDF document files. It is best to use the most up-to-date version of Reader; see ‘Help > Check for Updates’ in the program’s menu to get the latest version. It is CRITICAL that Reader ALWAYS be used as a stand-alone program or mobile app and NEVER within a web browser.
Links to a downloadable .zip file are presented immediately upon the completion of your order. This .zip must be expanded to access the PDF files. Most computers have an expansion program like WinZip pre-installed; if your computer does not we recommend StuffIt Expander (it’s FREE!). Once the file is downloaded, all documents within can be completed offline, no internet connection required. Read the START-HERE.txt file included in the initial download for more instructions.
Access links to the downloadable .zip file and/or the online forms server for this title are available for one (1) year after the date of purchase, upon request. Files downloaded and saved to a device may be used without time limit, but new downloads are no longer accessible one year after the date of purchase. A discount code is available to past customers by email to make a new or updated purchase.
Is Standard Legal Software Right for You?
To use any type of software requires a basic understanding of how a computer device operates. To use Standard Legal software, you must be able to complete these basic computer tasks: download a software file; expand a .zip file; enter a username and password to access a protected website; navigate a menu; install and launch a program; and open, save then print a completed document. If you do not fully understand how to complete any of these common steps, we recommend you use our Document Preparation Service or find a local attorney to create documents for you.
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