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I have a life estate in a trust written with my partner in

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I have a life estate in a trust written with my partner in 2006. At gathering time, the trust was valued at 70%. My partner passed away in Oct., 2014. I have a lawyer who informed me that the federal govt devalued life estate to 26% this past Feb. After 1 1/2 years of waiting for my partners family to clean out the house, we sold the house this June. Is the life estate value retroactive to the date the trust was written or the date my partner died, or is it valued at the Feb. devaluation established by the fed. Gov??
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 10 months ago.

Good afternoon Sandra,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

The value of a life estate is determined at or very near the time of sale of that life estate. So the most accurate estimate of value of the life estate would be as of February if the property sold in June. The date of valuation is not based on the date the trust war prepared, or even as of the date of death of your partner.

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Expert:  LawTalk replied 10 months ago.

Hi Sandra,

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