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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.

When would a lady bird deed be useful?


A Lady Bird Deed, also known as an Enhanced Life Estate Deed, can be a useful tool in estate planning for individuals who want to achieve specific goals related to the transfer of their real property while retaining control and flexibility during their lifetime. Here are some situations in which a Lady Bird Deed may be useful:

  1. Avoiding Probate: One of the primary benefits of a Lady Bird Deed is that it allows property to pass to beneficiaries outside of the probate process. Probate can be time-consuming, expensive, and subject to court oversight. A Lady Bird Deed can help expedite the transfer of real estate to heirs or beneficiaries without going through probate.
  2. Retaining Control: The grantor (the person creating the Lady Bird Deed) retains full control and use of the property during their lifetime. They can sell, mortgage, or otherwise deal with the property without needing the consent of the beneficiaries named in the deed.
  3. Medicaid Planning: In some situations, individuals may use a Lady Bird Deed as part of Medicaid planning. By transferring their primary residence into the deed, they can maintain Medicaid eligibility while ensuring the property passes to their chosen beneficiaries after their death.
  4. Preventing Forced Sales: A Lady Bird Deed can help prevent the forced sale of the property to satisfy Medicaid liens or creditors after the grantor’s death, allowing the beneficiaries to inherit the property.
  5. Protecting the Family Home: Individuals who want to ensure that their family home is passed down to specific family members, such as children or grandchildren, may use a Lady Bird Deed to achieve this goal.
  6. Keeping Property within the Family: If the grantor wants to ensure that the property remains within the family and is not sold to outside parties, a Lady Bird Deed can help facilitate this by specifying the intended beneficiaries.
  7. Simplicity and Flexibility: Lady Bird Deeds are relatively easy to create and can be modified or revoked by the grantor as needed during their lifetime, providing flexibility in estate planning.
  8. Minimizing Tax Implications: A Lady Bird Deed can be used as part of a strategy to minimize estate or inheritance taxes, as it allows the property to pass to beneficiaries at the grantor’s death with a stepped-up basis for capital gains tax purposes.

It’s important to note that the usefulness of a Lady Bird Deed depends on the individual’s specific goals and circumstances. Estate planning is a complex area of law, and the appropriateness of using a Lady Bird Deed should be determined in consultation with an experienced attorney who can provide personalized guidance based on the individual’s needs and objectives. Additionally, laws regarding Lady Bird Deeds may vary from state to state, so it’s crucial to work with an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction.

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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.