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How to Transfer your Real Estate into a Trust

Transferring your property into a Living Trust can be a smart move for estate planning. It allows you to maintain control over your assets while alive and ensures a smooth transfer to your beneficiaries upon your passing, bypassing the often lengthy and costly probate process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process, and how GetDynasty can assist you as part of your subscription.

Step 1: Find Your Property Deed

The first step in transferring your property into a Living Trust is to locate your property deed. This document proves your ownership of the property and is essential for the transfer process. If you can’t find your deed, you can request a copy from your county’s land records office.

Step 2: Prepare a Quitclaim Deed

Next, you’ll need to prepare a quitclaim deed. This legal document transfers your interest in the property to the Living Trust. It’s important to fill out the quitclaim deed accurately, including the legal description of the property, the name of the trust, and the date of the transfer. It’s advisable to consult with an attorney or a professional service like GetDynasty to ensure the deed is correctly prepared.

Step 3: Notarize the Quitclaim Deed

Once the quitclaim deed is completed, it must be notarized. This involves signing the deed in the presence of a notary public, who will verify your identity and witness your signature. Notarization is a crucial step to ensure the legality of the document.

Step 4: File the Quitclaim Deed with the County Recorder’s Office

After notarization, the quitclaim deed must be filed with the county recorder’s office where the property is located. This officially records the transfer of the property into the Living Trust. When filing the deed, you’ll need to pay a recording fee, which varies by county. It’s essential to find out the exact fee required by your county recorder’s office to avoid any delays.

Step 5: Update Your Trust Documentation

Finally, ensure that your Living Trust documentation reflects the addition of the property. This may involve updating the schedule of assets or other relevant sections of your trust documents.

How GetDynasty Can Help

If you’re a subscriber to GetDynasty, you’re in luck! As part of your subscription, GetDynasty can help prepare the necessary documentation for transferring your property into your Living Trust. Our team of experts can assist you in preparing the quitclaim deed, ensuring that it’s correctly filled out and notarized, and guide you through the process of filing it with the county recorder’s office. With GetDynasty, you can have peace of mind knowing that your estate planning needs are being handled professionally and efficiently.

Transferring your property into a Living Trust is a straightforward process that can provide significant benefits for your estate planning. By following these steps and utilizing the services of GetDynasty, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free transfer of your property into your Living Trust.

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What is a Trust?

A Living Trust is a financial tool that lets you plan, organize, and protect your life. It’s a personal entity that allows you to add assets and plan out your inheritance. Eliminating legal battles, cost, and time spent by your loved ones. 

Think of it like a personal LLC that you put everything you own in. Except it doesn’t protect you from liability like an LLC does, it protects you from probate and conservatorship. 

Probate is the complicated court process (12-18 months) where a judge decides what happens to your assets after you die, become incapacitated, or are “deemed” incapable. Creating a living trust allows your assets to completely circumvent probate and immediately transfer to your loved ones. 

In addition to being able to name heirs (your beneficiaries), a Trust also allows you to assign someone to manage it (your successor trustee). Instead of going through probate, your Successor Trustee takes control of the Trust, handles your affairs, and distributes your assets according to your instructions. The person you select as Successor Trustee should be your most trusted person. Like a best friend or closest family member.

At Dynasty, we believe everyone should have a Living Trust. If you have children, assets, or plan to acquire assets in the future, you should create a Trust. That way when you buy your next home, open a bank or brokerage account, get startup shares, etc. – you can immediately title them in your trust.