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Is Jointly Owned Property a good estate Plan?
It can be in certain circumstances, but it is not right for all situations. Jointly owned property as an estate plan:
What happens if you die without a will?
When someone dies without a will, which is known as dying intestate, the state is responsible for deciding all property that will be distributed. In community property states, this means the deceased’s property is given to his or her spouse. Property that is owned in joint tenancy is automatically distributed to the joint owner. Any property held in a trust goes to the trust beneficiaries. Dying without a will also means the probate process will likely take longer and be more complicated.
How long do you have to file probate after death?
Probate can generally begin immediately after someone dies, but must take place within the allotted time period following death, which varies from state to state. In most states the deadline is approximately three to five years. Most probate takes a few months, but can be longer in more complex situations with that are usually related to taxes or the sale of property in an estate. Smaller estates might not be eligible for probate until 30 days after death, but is complete upon filing.
Can An Estate Be Administered With A Missing Heir?
Yes. However, the probate process is more complicated if heirs are missing. Each state has its own laws regarding missing heirs, but in general, there must be a genuine effort made to find the heir. When the heir is unable to be located, property is held in trust for a length of time based on state laws and then passed to the next heir in line. If there is nobody next in line, legal ownership transfers to the state.
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