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When you should consider a transfer on death deed

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2023 | Estate Planning

Estate planning is an important step in ensuring that your assets get distributed according to your wishes after you pass away.

A transfer on death deed is an effective tool in your estate planning strategy.

Real estate ownership

If you own real estate property, a TODD could be a valuable addition to your estate plan. It simplifies the process of passing on property to your chosen beneficiaries without the need for probate court involvement.

Multiple beneficiaries

A TODD is a practical option when you want to leave your property to multiple people. You can designate multiple beneficiaries and specify their respective shares, reducing the potential for conflicts.

In addition, life is unpredictable, and your circumstances may evolve over time. A TODD allows you to make beneficiary updates easily. These deeds are simple to create and manage.

Avoiding probate and maintaining privacy

Not even half (46%) of Americans have a will, and those that do need to go through a costly, lengthy probate process. However, a TODD can help bypass this process altogether. Unlike wills, which become public records upon your death, TODDs offer a degree of privacy.

Potential health issues

If you have health concerns or anticipate health-related challenges in the future, planning your property transfer through a TODD can offer you peace of mind. Knowing that your arrangements are in place can alleviate stress during difficult times.

Family dynamics

Estate disputes among family members can be emotionally draining and financially burdensome. By using a TODD to specify your beneficiaries and their shares, you can reduce the likelihood of such conflicts arising.

A TODD empowers you to retain control over your real estate assets during your lifetime while ensuring a seamless transfer to your chosen heirs upon your passing. It is a valuable addition to your overall estate planning strategy.