Estate Planning Red Flag – Your child is on the title to your home or other assets
Abstract: One of the most common, and costly, estate planning mistakes is to own property jointly with one’s child. Many people hold property — such as homes, bank accounts, investments or automobiles — with their children as joint tenants with right of survivorship. Their goal is to avoid probate and to ensure that when they die the property is transferred to their children automatically without the need for a trust or other estate planning vehicle. But there are many problems with this approach. Fortunately, they can be avoided with properly drafted trusts.