Let’s face it, no one looks forward to dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. This can be even
more stressful when coupled with the loss of a loved one. We frequently receive questions on transferring title to vehicles (this includes boats, RV’s, etc.) that are part of an estate. In some instances this may or may not include a mobile home.
Here is some information to help you along:
In August 2011, the Department of Motor Vehicles changed its procedures. Previously a form called an Affidavit of Inheritance was required to transfer title to a vehicle. Under the current procedure, you will need the original title, along with DMV Form 400, and the appropriate fee. Other documents you need to complete this transaction will depend on (a) how the vehicle is titled and (b) the value of the estate/other assets. Determining these up front will make sure you have what you need to have before you head to the DMV.
A. HOW IS THE VEHICLE TITLED? There a three (3) options for how a vehicle can be titled:
B. VALUE OF THE ESTATE?
If you have specific questions regarding how to handle a vehicle or mobile home, consultation with an experienced probate attorney may be helpful. These guidelines are also important to keep in mind when acquiring a new vehicle or creating an estate plan.