(FEBRUARY 29, 2016) — State law protects and confers rights to husband and wife jointly owning timeshares in California, Florida, Hawaii and Nevada. In divorce or dissolution of marriage a timeshare is awarded to one spouse and the other spouse must be removed as owner. This Tip Sheet by Deed and Record explains how to add or remove a spouse as a timeshare owner.
Spouses are added as either a joint owner or as a trustee of a trust. The added spouse is protected from probate and inherits the real property. The added spouse obtains rights of ownership. Trusts are used to avoid probate on death of the second spouse. Joint ownership avoids probate on the death of the first spouse, but not on the death of the second spouse.
Joint ownership in California is as either joint tenants or as “community property with right of survivorship.” “Right of Survivorship” avoids probate on the death of the first spouse. The “community property” designation reduces or eliminates capital gains tax conveying to the surviving spouse a full step-up in basis on real property. In Hawaii joint ownership is “tenants-by-the-entirety.”
In divorce or dissolution of marriage a timeshare is awarded to one spouse. The spouse awarded real property must be the sole owner of record to access, sell or gift the timeshare. If the non-owning ex-spouse remains on title as owner he or she may has access to the timeshare and remains responsible for the maintenance fees. To remove the former spouse, the former spouse conveys his or her ownership interest by deed to the other spouse.
A deed is a document signed by the owner of the timeshare to transfer ownership. Deeds are either “warranty deeds” “grant deeds” or “quit claim deeds.” Grant deeds and warranty deeds by law have the owner’s promises he or she has not conveyed the property to someone else and the real property does not have any undisclosed taxes, loans, assessments or liens. Quit claim deeds convey ownership “as is,” including outstanding tax and debt.
The deed must be part of the public database maintained by each State. In California, Florida and Nevada deeds are “recorded” in the county where the real property is located. In Hawaii deeds are recorded with the Bureau of Conveyance. Recording puts the world on notice of who owns the real estate and is the final word on ownership.
The final step is to notify the resort management company of the ownership change. A copy of the recorded deed must be provided to the resort management to update their records. Until a copy is provided to the resort access and use of the timeshare does not change.
Spouses are added or removed as owners of timeshares by deed. The deeds are recorded with the counties in California, Florida and Nevada. In Hawaii deeds are recorded with the Bureau of Conveyances. Copies of the recorded deeds are provided to the resorts to update their records of who has access and use the timeshare.
Mark W. Bidwell markets timeshare and vacation title transfer services through websites, primarily DeedAndRecord.com. Deed and Record provides change in timeshare ownership in California, Hawaii, Florida and Nevada. Office is at 4952 Warner Avenue, Suite 235, Huntington Beach, California 92649. Phone is 714-846-2888.
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