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    From a425couple@21:1/5 to All on Sun Feb 4 06:40:54 2018
    Will I automatically inherit my husband’s house?

    Published: Sept 23, 2017 8:13 a.m. ET

    This wife happens upon another reason for smart estate planning



    Dear Moneyologist,

    When I married my husband, my children and I moved into a home that he
    already owned outright. In the event that he should die before me, am I entitled to the home, or must we do a “quit claim” to put me on the deed
    or make a will for this to happen? He doesn’t seem to think that
    anything needs to be done. Since we are married he feels that anything
    he owns including his bank accounts will automatically be mine.

    Is this true?

    Erica, Marion County, Fla.

    Dear Erica,

    It’s (slightly) more complicated than that.

    It all depends on whether your husband has children, too. If he has
    children and dies without a will and only his name is on the deed of the
    house, you will receive “life estate” — that is, you will have the right to live in the home for the rest of your life and, after you pass away,
    your husband’s children would inherit the property. With a life estate, however, you would not be able to sell the home if it became too
    expensive to maintain.

    If he has children, you are correct that something needs to be done. A
    “quit claim” would add you to the deed of the home and would ensure that you would inherit the property. Similarly, your husband could make you a beneficiary of the marital home (given that he owns it outright). “This
    area is ripe for litigation,” says Brandon Bellew, a lawyer in
    Clearwater, Fla. “It’s very tricky.” (Your children would not have any inheritance rights.)

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    So you are right to have this conversation now, especially about such a
    complex topic. This graph — “Kelley’s Homestead Paradigm” — is well-known among estate lawyers and shows all the different scenarios
    and outcomes for the marital home in the event that one spouse dies. Too
    many times, a surviving wife is left in the dark when it comes to
    finances and is left grappling with savings accounts (which she may not
    even have known exist).

    Sorting these issues out now will bring you peace of mind and prevent
    any unnecessary stress should your husband pre-decease you.

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