Yahoo Life’s recent article entitled “Why You Should Put Your House in a Living Trust” explains some of the biggest errors people make with trusts.
Remember that a trust is a fiduciary relationship in which one party (trustor) gives another party (trustee) the right to hold title to property or assets for the benefit of a third party (beneficiary).
Trusts are created for these reasons:
To provide legal protection for the trustor’s assets
To be certain that those assets are distributed according to the trustor’s wishes
To save time and reduce paperwork; and
In some instances, to avoid or reduce inheritance or estate taxes.
Also remember that although trusts are generally associated with the wealthy, they are highly versatile instruments that can be used for a variety of purposes to achieve specific goals.
Failing to retitle your home. If you don't retitle your home or transfer the deed into the name of the trust, you paid a lot of money for a piece of paper. The trust is empty because it hasn’t been transferred. Therefore, it is not covered.
Failing to notify tenants of the ownership change. If you're retitling a two- (or multi-) family home into the trust, and the property has rent-paying tenants, you need to inform must them of this change in landlord for rent payment purposes. You’ll also need to set up a bank account in the name of the trust for rent deposits.
Failing to tell the insurance company of ownership change. Be sure to tell your home insurance company about retitling to a trust. If not, the insurance company may deny your claim in an event because the actual property owner—your trust—wasn’t insured.
Failing to tell the bank holding the mortgage of the intended transfer. See if your mortgage has a "due on transfer" clause. That means you'd have to pay the mortgage balance, if you transfer the home from yourself to the trust.
Don’t make these mistakes. Work with an experienced estate planning attorney.
Reference: Yahoo Life (Jan. 10, 2022) “Why You Should Put Your House in a Living Trust”