How’s Your Property Vested? It Matters as Much as Your Will or Trust

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In estate planning, wills and trusts aren’t everything.

Homeowners who want to be sure the home passes to the desired beneficiary must be sure the property is correctly vested.

Consider a common example. If you co-own property with a right of survivorship, your interest cannot be willed to any other party. The person who survives automatically acquires rights in your interest.

Here, we review this and other consequences of the vesting of real estate.   

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Types of Vesting Related to Real Estate Ownership

Title vesting is the way an owner (or owners) of property takes title to their real estate. The way that title is held will affect what the owner (or owners) can do with the property during his or her lifetime, and will also determine whether or not the property has to go through probate proceedings upon the owner’s death.

When a deed is written for real property, the ownership is described using the owner’s name and a descriptive phrase for the legal relationship between multiple owners or married people. Vesting decisions will vary from state to state.

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