California Transfer-on-Death (Beneficiary) Deed

California Transfer-on-Death (Beneficiary) Deed

Use this form to leave your California real estate without probate. You retain ownership, responsibility, and control over the property during your life. After your death, ownership transfers to the beneficiary you name. We take you through all the steps, including:

  • naming your beneficiaries
  • writing a description of the property
  • checking over your completed deed, and
  • signing the deed and having it notarized.

You can create, save, and edit the form before you buy -- just set up a Nolo.com account. It's easy, free, and there's no obligation to purchase anything. If you buy the form, you'll be able to print, send, or download it at any time during your one-year subscription.

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Avoid probate and pass on your California real estate with a simple transfer-on-death deed

If you own certain types of real estate in California and want to make sure that it passes to your heirs without the hassle of probate court, you can use Nolo's transfer-on-death (TOD) deed. This deed transfers ownership of your property just like a regular deed you might use to transfer real estate, but with a crucial difference: It doesn't take effect until after your death.

In California, you may transfer any of the following types of real estate with a TOD deed:

  • property that contains one to four residential units
  • a condominium unit, or
  • a parcel of agricultural land of 40 or fewer acres that includes a single-family residence.

It's easy to make a TOD deed.  You'll simply complete the following steps:

  • fill in information about you and the property
  • name your beneficiaries
  • review the completed deed
  • sign the deed and have it notarized, and
  • record the deed at the recorder's office in the county where the property is located, within 60 days after signing the deed.

Take care of your beneficiaries and help them to avoid probate with this plain-English eForm from Nolo.

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