From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Avoiding Probate Through Revocable Living Trusts in Bucks County, PA
Most Recently Updated July 8, 2018.
“I have a Revocable Living Trust, but still own my Bucks County land in my own name. Do I need to transfer the deed into the Revocable Living Trust to avoid probate?”
Avoiding Probate Through Revocable Living Trusts in Bucks County
Pennsylvania allows you to form a Revocable Living Trust. These trusts can own almost any asset including bank accounts, autos, stocks, gold, and Bucks County real estate. While Revocable Trusts can serve many purposes, the primary goal is to avoid probating the will with the Bucks County Register of Wills.
Avoiding probate is possible only because, during your lifetime, you have transferred all of your property into the Revocable Living Trust, or the property pours into the trust at your death.
Therefore, because you still own your Bucks County land in your own name, you have failed in your goal to avoid probate.
Pour Over Will
If the attorney who assisted you with your Revocable Living Trust was doing a good job, you also have a “pour over will”. This will say, in short, that whatever is still in your name should be placed into the Revocable Living Trust at your death. If your estate is properly prepared, the pour over will is never filed. The pour over will is for things that you forgot about, like a CD you opened at the bank but failed to put into the trust.
In your case, to get the deed into the trust at your death your executor will have to file the pour over will with the Bucks County Register of Wills. Your goal of avoiding probate will not be met.
To avoid probate, this land needs be placed into the Revocable Living Trust before you die. The Trust will own this land during your lifetime, but because the trust is “revocable”, you can sell it or take it out whenever you wish.
But There is More to Know
Your plan is only half done, take it to the finish line! If you need help with your Bucks County deed, feel free to contact me.
More Planning Questions?
Avoiding probate is only a piece of the Estate Planning process. By all means, if you want to learn more, please read my more detailed article, Estate Planning Everything You Need to Know.
In Conclusion: Avoiding Probate Through Revocable Living Trusts in Bucks County
I hope that this article was helpful in explaining how you can potentially avoid probate through trusts. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website so you can learn more. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!
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