What is a transfer on death deed in Georgia?
And how do you use one?
This article is going to cover things like:
Let’s dig in.
Georgia transfer on death deeds only work for stocks and bonds.
They do not allow you to pass down real estate.
Or if married couples own the property in joint tenancy.
And the surviving spouse automatically gets full ownership of the property.
In this article, “property” will refer to stocks and bonds.
A transfer on death deed allows you to transfer property to a beneficiary.
And the TOD allows those assets to avoid the probate process.
TODs are very similar to payable on death (POD) accounts.
Payable on death accounts are things like:
Georgia transfer on death deeds work for brokerage accounts with stocks and bonds.
Georgia’s transfer on death deeds don’t go into effect until the owner dies.
Once you pass away, the ownership of the property transfers to the new owner.
And it skips time-consuming probate court proceedings.
Something to note…
TODs in Georgia are also called beneficiary deeds.
These two terms are interchangeable.
A transfer on death deed works the same as a payable on death bank account.
When the grantor dies, the property automatically transfers to the named beneficiary.
This allows the property to avoid probate in Georgia.
You will keep complete ownership of the property while you’re alive.
The deed looks like other quit claim deeds in Georgia.
The difference is an additional clause that these have.
The clause states that the deed does not go into effect until your death.
To make a transfer on death deed valid in Georgia, you have to:
When you die, ownership of the property immediately and automatically transfers.
Again, TODs only work for stocks and bonds in Georgia.
They cannot get used to pass down real estate and avoid those probate proceedings.
You can also change your beneficiary designations at any time.
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Transfer on death deeds are advantageous if you:
There is a problem with transfer on death deeds in Georgia.
You lose control over the property and how it gets passed down.
Compare that to a living trust where you can:
These things can be important if you have beneficiaries who are:
These TODs can also get hazy when it comes time to pass down the property.
Joint ownership of a property overrides a transfer on death deed.
The surviving spouse, that they hold it jointly with, would still own the property.
Even though the grantor has passed away already and triggered the TOD.
It’s important for BOTH spouses to create a transfer on death deed.
An estate planning attorney should create this for you.
You probably want pass down “real property” and avoid probate.
Real property is any land or real estate (investments or primary residence).
To avoid probate this way, you’ll need to set up a trust.
The trust will take ownership of your property.
And can get passed down to loved ones without going through probate.
Many people use this estate planning tool to pass assets to family members.
Fill out the form on this page to set up a trust for your property.
You can’t use a transfer on death deed in Georgia for real estate.
But you still need to transfer the house deed after death.
The property cannot stay in the deceased person’s name.
It has to get transferred from the decedent’s estate into the name of the beneficiary.
There are two scenarios for needing to transfer the house deed after death.
Property held in joint ownership can be for married couples or business partners.
Surviving spouses will have “rights of survivorship” under Georgia law.
To get the property 100% in your name:
Let’s look at property NOT held in joint tenancy.
When the owner dies, the house goes into probate estate.
Meaning the probate estate owns it now and it has to get distributed.
To transfer the house deed after death, you have to:
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There are a couple of ways to go about transferring assets before death.
You’re wondering how long do you have to transfer property after death.
In Georgia, the probate time limit is 5 years.
But, remember that the estate is responsible for managing the property.
And the estate has to have enough funds to float the property.
If the estate runs out of money, then you could lose the house.
You could lose the property to:
It’s best to transfer property as quickly as possible after death.
When recording a quit claim deed after death, you need to:
To change a name on a deed after death, you need to:
We know we can’t use transfer on death deeds in Georgia for real estate.
So, let’s talk about how to transfer the deed of a house in Georgia.
How do you transfer property after the death of a parent when there is a will?
The house will be able to get passed to the designated beneficiary.
The courts will validate the will (this is easy if they have a self-proving affidavit).
The executor will probate the will and make sure the property gets transferred per the will.
Executors have a fiduciary responsibility to follow the will when settling an estate.
But how do you transfer property if the parent doesn’t have a will?
In this case, the property gets transferred per Georgia’s inheritance laws.
But, the executor will also handle transferring the property when there is no will.
The executor just transfers the property per those intestate succession laws.
They will gather all the appropriate documents and file them with the county recorder.
This will transfer property after the death of a parent.
To change a deed on a house after the death of a spouse, you’ll need to gather:
But this is only if you don’t have joint ownership with the deceased person.
What if you bought the house while you were married?
Married couples should own real estate as joint tenants with rights of survivorship.
With joint tenancy, you automatically take over 100% ownership of the property.
You will not have to change the deed on the house after the death of a spouse.
This will not mess up your estate planning in the state of Georgia, either.
Surviving spouses can still distribute the real estate to the designated beneficiaries.
You can fill out the form on this page and get a transfer on death deed.
Yes, a transfer on death deed supersedes a will.
Even if someone is named a beneficiary, the TOD designation will receive the property.
Yes, you can contest a transfer on death deed.
You’ll need to work with an estate planning lawyer to contest a TOD.
Georgia does recognize transfer on death deeds for stocks and bonds.
Georiga does not recognize transfer on death deeds for real estate.
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