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What language should be in a deed to create the actual life

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What language should be in a deed to create the actual life estate, remainder to my son.
Can I state:...... I grant to myself, Ann ************, individually, of ************ Mass, a life estate and remainder to my son, ***********, with quitclaim covenants ... [followed by the property description].......
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Ely replied 5 months ago.

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There is no mandatory language, per se. The more standard language reads:

This deed, made this _______________ day of _________________, in the year ______________, by me ____________________, of _________________, witnesseth, that in consideration of ___________, I, the said _____________, do grant unto ___________________, of ___________________, all that:

[legal description of property]

to hold during his life and no longer.

The verbiage of "to hold during his life and no longer" is widely recognized to be the standard for "life estate."

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