This article was originally published in the Spring 2014 MIE Journal under the title “Who’ll Get the House?: Systemic Reform Utilizing Transfer on Death Statutes to Ensure Homeowner’s Wishes are Implemented” and is reprinted with permission.
Did you ever wonder whether that will you drafted for a client many years ago was ever probated? Many legal services programs and other entities funded under Title III (b) of the Older Americans Act have provided will-drafting services for clients over the years. Indeed, many programs utilize pro bono attorneys, reduced fee panels, legal clinics, or even in some cases staff attorneys to serve clients who wish to have a will drafted for them. As a legal services provider in the District of Columbia, we at the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) have certainly drafted our share of wills, although most of these requests are handled by pro bono or reduced-fee panel attorneys.