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Protecting The Family Vacation Home for Generations

Posted by Jason Johnson | Apr 23, 2024

A family vacation home is more than bricks and mortar; it's a repository of memories, an emblem of family history, and, often, a treasured asset. 

However, without adequate planning, this sanctuary can become a family contention point.

Here are a few steps you can take to prevent this:

  • Ownership Structure: The simplest way to pass on a family home is through a will, which can bring about unwanted complications like probate. Other options, like forming a family LLC or placing the home in a trust, offer more control.
  • Family Input: Before making any decisions, sit down with family members to understand their wishes and concerns. This inclusive approach ensures everyone's perspectives are considered.
  • Create a Trust or LLC: A well-structured trust or LLC can offer both tax benefits and an orderly transition of the property's ownership and management.
  • Maintenance Fund: Set up a dedicated fund for the ongoing maintenance of the property, ensuring that future generations won't be burdened with unmanageable costs. 

Careful planning can protect this valuable asset from legal pitfalls and family disputes.

We specialize in educating and helping you protect what you have for the people you love the most. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.

About the Author

Jason Johnson

Principal Attorney Jason C. Johnson received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to practice law in Maryland in 2005. Jason started the practice in Annapolis after many years of law enforcement service. He was motivated to limit the pract...

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