Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. Joint tenancy is a form of legal ownership where the property passes automatically at the death of one of the owners to the remaining joint tenants. Typically, there are two joint tenants, though there could be three or more joint tenants. While this form of ownership may be convenient, especially for couples, it can be disastrous when it is used with others. Let’s … [Read more...] about Joint Tenancy Pros and Cons
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. TOD (Transfer on Death) designations, POD (Pay on Death) designations, and beneficiary designations can be useful in the right circumstances. Each of these tools allows for an automatic transfer to the named beneficiary at the death of the owner. But these tools can have a few shortfalls. First, if the named person predeceases the owner, typically it will not be … [Read more...] about Beneficiary Designations, etc., Aren’t a True Substitute for a Trust
Joint tenancy is the condition of co-ownership of property. Joint tenancy with right of survivorship allows the surviving joint tenant to inherit the entirety of the property that was held in joint tenancy. The transfer takes place outside of probate. This can seem like a viable estate planning solution. Let's say that you want to leave your home to your son after you die. You could add your son to the deed of your home, making him a joint tenant. After you die, he would assume ownership of the … [Read more...] about Should I Create a Joint Tenancy With My Child?
Before we examine Medi-Cal recovery and joint tenancy in California, we would like to provide some background information. The Medi-Cal program is theoretically intended to provide health insurance to people who have significant financial need. It is a program that is jointly administered by the state of California along with the federal government. Medicare doesn't pay for long-term care, so many seniors who were never really impoverished use Medi-Cal to pay for living … [Read more...] about Medi-Cal Recovery in Campbell California, Joint Tenancy, and Your Home