A Bad Deed

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Cate Berenato answers her client’s questions.

Dan Choyce helped a retired cafeteria worker who wanted a will to leave her house to her only daughter.  The only problem was that the house was still in the names of both the client and her husband, though they had been separated for over twenty years!

Because of how the deed was written, the client’s will could not control who got the house.  Instead, the deed would control it if the husband was alive when the client died and the husband would inherit the house.  Dan suggested that the client offer the husband some money to deed the house to her.

The husband refused her offer.  Because the client did not want to file for divorce, Dan prepared a will and the client understood that her daughter would not inherit the house if the husband was still alive when she died.

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