As a homeowner, you undoubtedly work hard to take good care of your property. This includes things like regular maintenance and repairs. But an often overlooked part of being a responsible homeowner is planning for the future of your property after your death. This includes estate planning.
Fortunately, unlike home maintenance and repairs, planning for the future of your home after your death can often be accomplished in a one-and-done fashion. One legal instrument available to Colorado property owners is the transfer on death (TOD) deed. As its name suggests, the TOD deed is a tool that lets someone designate one or more beneficiaries—often a relative or close friend—to obtain the title to their property immediately upon their death.
Importantly, the TOD deed allows the future owner to skip the probate process entirely. In addition, the passing of title to the new homeowner is not considered a gift, meaning that the gift tax should not apply to the transaction.