I'm glad to hear you were able to save your mother's home.
The problem with transfers during life is as follows:
1. any gifts over $14,000 do not require the payment of gift tax but do require the filing of the return
2. upon death, if a heir receives property, they receive a "stepped up basis" so that the heir's tax basis is the fair market value of the property on the date of death, which is a huge tax benefit as it essentially wipes away any prior appreciation. That is not the case for gifts.
3. it exposes both parties to each other's debts in the event a creditor secures a lien.
If, knowing all that, one is still interested, then the owner can simply execute a quit claim deed, transferring 1/2 of the property to the desired person. That person can then put their ownership interest in a trust if they desire but it is not necessary.
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