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Libon Masri

“I’m most passionate about helping the people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to fend for themselves,” says Masri as he sips his coffee, wearing a Jimi Hendrix tee-shirt.

Can anyone record a lady bird deed?


Recording a Lady Bird Deed typically involves following specific legal procedures, and not just anyone can record one. Here are the key steps involved in recording a Lady Bird Deed:

  1. Prepare the Deed: The Lady Bird Deed must be prepared in accordance with the laws of your state. It should accurately reflect your intentions regarding the transfer of property and the rights and responsibilities of the grantor and beneficiaries.
  2. Execute the Deed: The Lady Bird Deed must be signed and executed in accordance with state laws. This usually requires the grantor (property owner) to sign the deed in the presence of witnesses and a notary public.
  3. Notify Beneficiaries: While not always required, it is typically a good practice to notify the beneficiaries named in the deed that they have been designated as such. This can help avoid confusion or disputes later on.
  4. Record the Deed: To make the Lady Bird Deed legally effective and establish its priority, it must be recorded in the county where the property is located. This is usually done at the county recorder’s office or a similar government office responsible for maintaining property records.
  5. Pay Recording Fees: There are typically fees associated with recording a deed, and these fees must be paid at the time of recording. The amount of the fee can vary depending on your location and the length or complexity of the document.
  6. Comply with State Laws: Different states may have different requirements for Lady Bird Deeds, so it’s essential to ensure that you are complying with the specific laws and regulations in your state. Some states may also require additional documentation or forms to be filed alongside the Lady Bird Deed.
  7. Consult Legal Advice: While it’s possible for individuals to prepare and record Lady Bird Deeds themselves, it is often recommended to consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate or estate planning. An attorney can ensure that the deed is drafted correctly, meets all legal requirements, and aligns with your overall estate planning goals.

Remember that Lady Bird Deeds may have different names or be subject to different regulations in various states, so it’s crucial to consult with a local attorney who understands the specific laws and requirements in your jurisdiction. Additionally, the laws and regulations related to Lady Bird Deeds may change over time, so it’s essential to stay informed about any updates or amendments to the law that may affect your estate planning decisions.

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During this consultation, you'll have the opportunity to:

  1. Discuss Your Goals: Share your specific goals and objectives for your estate planning, including how you envision using a Ladybird deed to achieve them.

  2. Learn About Ladybird Deeds: Our experienced attorneys will provide you with a comprehensive overview of what Ladybird deeds are, how they work, and their potential advantages in your unique situation.

  3. Assess Your Eligibility: We’ll assess your eligibility for using a Ladybird deed based on your circumstances, property ownership, and estate planning needs.

  4. Address Your Questions: You can ask any questions or seek clarification on any aspects of Ladybird deeds or estate planning in Florida.

  5. Receive Personalized Guidance: Our team will provide you with personalized recommendations and guidance tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

  6. Discuss Next Steps: If you decide that a Ladybird deed is the right choice for you, we can discuss the next steps in the process and provide information on how we can assist you in creating and executing the deed.