A transfer-on-death (TOD) deed is an effortless way to transfer real estate to a loved one upon your death. Through a TOD deed, you’ll name a beneficiary to inherit the property upon your passing; most importantly without the need for probate court proceedings. A TOD deed must be signed, notarized, and filed in the county’s land records office. For an overview of TOD deeds, please review “Transfer-on-Death Deed for Real Estate.” As always, HereToday recommends you consult an attorney when creating any legal document.
Not all U.S. states recognize TOD deeds as an option. If you own real estate in any of the states listed below, you can use a TOD deed to leave property to a beneficiary. However, if your real estate is not located within one of these states, you can still help your loved ones avoid probate by transferring property to a living trust. Upon creating a TOD deed, we suggest you upload a copy of the document to your HereToday Vault.
District of Columbia
Michigan (This state uses a similar document called a Lady Bird deed)
Ohio (This state has replaced a TOD deed with a TOD affidavit)
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