Michigan does not allow real estate to be transferred with transfer-on-death deeds. There is a type of deed available in Michigan known as an enhanced life estate deed, or “ Lady Bird” deed, that functions like a transfer-on-death deed. This type of deed is not common.

 

Lady Bird Deeds A "Lady Bird" deed offers a simple way to transfer real estate at your death, without probate. If you’re shopping around for a way to avoid probate for your house or other real estate, you may run across something called a “Lady Bird” deed. It offers a simple, inexpensive way to transfer real estate at your death, without probate.

 

A Lady Bird deed may be a good idea if you think you might need Medicaid, the joint statefederal program that helps many Americans with nursing home costs.

 

It may help preserve your eligibility for Medicaid and keep assets in the family that otherwise would be taken by the state to repay the cost of Medicaid benefits you receive during your life. These deeds have some drawbacks, however, and they are used only in a few states.

Michigan Transfer of Death Deed

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