A Florida Ladybird deed has become one of the increasingly most used estate planning tools by the some of best Jacksonville estate planning attorneys. One common questions we receive at our Jacksonville estate planning law firm is how the Ladybird deed works under Florida’s current homestead protections.
In Florida, a Ladybird deed is also known as an enhanced life estate deed. This type of deed permits a person or family that owns real estate, most often a home, to transfer a future interest in the property while keeping a present interest. This type of transfer permits the person to live on the property until he or she dies. A Ladybird deed is special because it allows the enhanced life estate holder more power than a standard life estate holder. Unlike the standard life estate deed, the ladybird deed allows the life tenant (typically the original owner) to sell, convey, or mortgage the property and the holder is not liable to the future interest holders for misuse of the property.