Chained to the Title: Why the UPC Should Allow Real Property to Transfer by Small Estate Affidavit

46 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2014

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Faith Alvarez

Valparaiso University Law School

Date Written: September 26, 2014

Abstract

This Note questions whether the Uniform Probate Code must necessarily exclude real property from small estates, and proposes that the UPC adopt a change, similar to Indiana’s deviation, that allows real property to be considered an asset for small estates. This Note also discusses the background of the UPC, the probate process, and the housing market. This note additionally provides an analysis of transferring the title of low-value real property upon death. Finally, this Note provides the contribution of revising the UPC to allow low-value real property to transfer by small estate affidavit.

Keywords: real property, real estate, property, Uniform Probate Code, probate code, Indiana, UPC, low-value, probate, small estate, decedent, home, estate, nonprobate, transfer on death, deed, title

Suggested Citation

Alvarez, Faith, Chained to the Title: Why the UPC Should Allow Real Property to Transfer by Small Estate Affidavit (September 26, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2502243

Faith Alvarez (Contact Author)

Valparaiso University Law School ( email )

656 S. Greenwich St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493
United States

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