If My Ex-Husband’s Name is On the Mortgage But Not the Deed and He Files Bankruptcy, Can I Lose My House?

It depends what steps you take in advance of his bankruptcy filing, and what the mortgage company chooses to do.

Generally, going through the refinancing process for any mortgage on a home when a quitclaim deed has been filed is the safest avenue for a homeowner to pursue. When a quitclaim deed is filed, the obligation within the mortgage documents changes essentially: from the couple jointly owning the property, to just one of the original individuals named in the deed. So the mortgage holder has one less person from which to collect payment, thus increasing their exposure.

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How is a Mortgage Handled when a Quitclaim Deed is Used to Transfer Property Ownership?

Property can be transferred by way of Quitclaim Deed to another person, regardless of whether one or more mortgages exist on the property.  However, there are several issues of which the both the Grantor (the person selling or transferring the property) and the Grantee (the buyer or person taking title to the property) must be aware.

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Can I Create a “Life Estate” Using a Last Will and Testament?

A Last Will & Testament cannot create a binding “Life Estate” in real property, as it is not a deed.

Life Estates are created by transferring certain interests in a real property via a deed (i.e. a deed to a third party which retains a life estate in the grantor).

While a Last Will and Testament can certainly provide notice of the deceased person’s desires or intentions

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