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    Default How Do I Have My Name Added to a Deed

    My question involves real estate located in the State of: California

    Spouse purchased our home before we met.

    He recently paid off the mortgage, rec'd the payoff statement from the bank, and is waiting for the title paperwork to arrive in the mail.

    I am to be added as co-owner with right of survivorship, but am unsure of what the procedure is.

    Do we go through an atty, or is legal counsel unnecessary & we go to the County Recorder?


    Also, is it true that if a spouse is not on the deed, & the owner spouse passes away...the owner spouse's blood relatives inherit the house?

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    Default Re: How Do I Have My Name Added to the Deed

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    My question involves real estate located in the State of: California

    Spouse purchased our home before we met.

    He recently paid off the mortgage, rec'd the payoff statement from the bank, and is waiting for the title paperwork to arrive in the mail.

    I am to be added as co-owner with right of survivorship, but am unsure of what the procedure is.

    Do we go through an atty, or is legal counsel unnecessary & we go to the County Recorder?


    Also, is it true that if a spouse is not on the deed, & the owner spouse passes away...the owner spouse's blood relatives inherit the house?
    It would be best to use an attorney. It would make fewer things likely to go wrong.

    Your husband could write a will and leave you the house. However, if there is no will, then the state's intestate rules apply. In CA a surviving spouse would more or less get half of all assets...with some exceptions and provisos.

    Here is a link to the probate code:

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/di...file=6400-6414

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