What is a Life Estate?

“Chances are, your home is full to the brim with cherished memories of family and friends. But, as you get older, you may start wondering what exactly will happen to your home when you pass away. Fortunately, a life estate can take away the uncertainty of this thought by legally assigning an heir to receive your property without interference from court proceedings.”

Would a Life Estate Have an Impact on Taxes on an Inherited Home?

“My mother died this year, and when my sister and I went to sell her home, we found out that without our knowledge, our mom had put us on the title as joint owners, even though neither of us had put any money into the purchase of the home some 30 years ago. Are we now on the hook for taxes on the gain in house value?”

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