What Does Estate Planning Have To Do With Real Estate?

If you own real estate, chances are you have unique needs when it comes to estate planning. Here’s the breakdown !Estate Planning is a plan that you put in place to make sure your assets transfer to your loved ones without Probate Court. If you have proper Estate Planning, there is no need for Probate Court. Some Questions to consider are, Will your loved ones encounter debt when settling your affairs? What about property tax payments on the Estate you pass down? How will your assets transfer to your loved ones?

Estate Planning is an important part of planning for the future, no matter who you are, but real estate owners have unique needs. There are a vast amount of Estate Planning tools that clients can use to accomplish there Estate Planning goals. Every family is unique so, not all Estate Plans are the same.

Estate Planning For Real Estate Owners

An Estate Plan can be tailor-made, legally binding series of documents that outlines your last wishes for yourself and your assets after death. An Estate Plan helps your properties and possessions are safe during life and that they get to where you intend them to after death.

With Real Estate, we have to know how the property is titled. There are various ways someone can hold title to the property. Once we know how the property is titled, we need to know if there are any mortgages or liens on the property. My office also likes to gather as much information as possible on our clients to know their family dynamics and what is most important to them, and draft an Estate Planning that meets their needs.

Asset Protection

Many real estate owners will accumulate one-of-a-kind properties. A Trust-Based Estate Plan is a comprehensive way to protect your assets in life and after death. For real estate owners, a Trust can also provide legal protections for the Trustees. With proper Estate Planning, you can maintain your real estate assets for future generations, or if you have minor children.

You can place just about anything in a Trust for safekeeping. Typically, when you fund a Trust with real estate, you are transferring the ownership of that property from yourself to your Trust. That is what keeps it safe for your Beneficiaries after death.

There are numerous types of Trust so, it’s important to know which type of Trust is right for you and your family. If there is debt enumerated on the property, that must be addressed before the property can be transferred to the Trust.

Avoiding Probate

Probate Court is a specific Court which handles transferring of assets when there isn’t a proper Estate Plan in place. It can also come with its own set of fees, long waits, and lots of forms and paperwork. If there is no Executor named in an Estate Plan, it can sometimes take the Probate Court weeks or even months to appoint an Executor and get the process started. And that wait may cost you, even if it’s not contested.

When a Will gets stuck in the Probate process, the Estate is responsible for paying the fees and taxes related to it. Depending on the size of the Estate, Probate could end up eating into an inheritance. It may even require you to sell off assets to pay off the debts of the Estate. You lose a lot of control, time, money and resources with Probate Court.

To avoid Probate, real estate owners have many Estate Planning options. They can put their properties into a Trust or they may also set up Joint Tenancy or Transfer on Death Deeds in states that permit it, which would transfer ownership of a property to the co-owner (or owners) immediately after death without Probate Court. This isn’t an automatic transfer, but it does avoid Probate Court.

By avoiding Probate, your assets, including all your real estate properties and investments, would pass to your Beneficiaries without wasting time and money.

Your Estate Plan

An Estate Plan allows real estate owners to pass their legacy onto their families without compromise. There are many Estate Planning tools that can help out any type of assets that clients have.