Qualified Personal Residence Trusts and Divorce

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce is a challenging time, especially when it comes to dividing assets and real estate. One way to safeguard your residence during a divorce is by using a Qualified Personal Residence Trust.

This legal tool allows you to transfer ownership of your home while still maintaining some control over it.

Understanding Qualified Personal Residence Trusts

A Qualified Personal Residence Trust is a legal arrangement that allows you to transfer ownership of your home to beneficiaries while retaining the right to live in it for a specified period. By transferring ownership, you may be able to protect your home from asset division in a divorce settlement.

Benefits of using a QPRT in divorce

Transferring your home to a QPRT can shield it from processes that would typically apply to marital assets in a divorce. QPRTs can also offer tax benefits, such as reducing the value of your estate for estate tax purposes.

Despite transferring ownership, you can still live in the home for a predetermined period. This allows you to maintain control over your living situation while preserving inheritance for your beneficiaries.

Considerations before establishing a QPRT

While QPRTs offer several benefits, there are important considerations to keep in mind:

  • Legal Requirements
  • Transfer timing that might affect Medicaid eligibility
  • Potential conflicts with existing marital agreements

Circumstances may change after establishing a QPRT, so it is also important to review and potentially update your estate plan as needed.

Qualified Personal Residence Trusts can be valuable tools for protecting your home in divorce proceedings. However, be sure to carefully consider the legal and financial implications before establishing a QPRT to ensure it aligns with your long-term goals.