Is Probate required in First Dealings Exemptions?
One of the major benefits of the First Dealings Exemption is that it allows qualified real estate to skip probate. Instead, a property that falls under the First Dealings Exemption can be sold and/or transferred without probate.
However, there are some requirements alongside the property’s title for a First Dealings Exemption to kick in. In addition for the property in question to never have had a dealing before, the estate executor must prove that:
There is a valid will;
- Confirm that the deceased was over the age of 18 at the time the will was signed;
- There are no other assets of the estate that need to go through probate.
If there are other assets of the estate that need to go through probate, then the property also needs to be included in the probated estate, and eventually pay probate fees on the value of the property.
If a situation occurs where a First Dealings Exemption is applicable but there are still assets in the estate that require going through probate, then some good estate planning in advance can help avoid unnecessary fees.
Some strategies include setting up multiple wills, with one will covering the real estate that qualifies for the First Dealings Exemption, and another covering all assets that require going through probate. Another strategy is setting up your estate in a way that potentially allows you to skip probate altogether.
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