Florida Enhanced Life Estate Deed (Lady Bird Deed)

Florida Lady Bird Deed

We offer a complete, affordable, flat fee solution, for the preparation, notarization, and electronic recording of your Lady Bird deed.  Bundle our services and save:

  • Online Notarization of your Lady Bird Deed without leaving home.
  • Electronic Recording (e-Recording) with most Florida counties saves you a trip to the courthouse and waiting in line.

Florida Lady Bird Deed

What is a Lady Bird Deed?

A Florida Enhanced Life Estate Deed, more commonly referred to as a Lady Bird Deed or Ladybird Deed, is a special type of life estate deed that you can use to automatically transfer ownership of your home or property to others upon the death of the owner(s).   Lady Bird deeds are most often used to avoid probate of their home.  This provides peace-of-mind and can ease the burden and stress of your loved ones.

Just as importantly, recording an Enhanced Life Estate Deed does not interfere with the owners’ control over their home or property during their lifetime.  For example, the owner(s) retains the freedom to sell or mortgage the property without involving the remainder beneficiaries.   This, “retained control” means that your remainder beneficiaries have no decision-making authority over your property while the owners are still living.  Also, the owner(s) of the property are free to change their remainder beneficiaries and record a new Lady Bird Deed without the consent of the current remainder beneficiaries.

Lady Bird deeds are only authorized in Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Vermont, and Michigan, at this time.   You may find more helpful information on this popular website .  We are not affiliated with this company.

How much does a Lady Bird Deed cost to prepare?

We charge a flat fee of $95.  This includes email delivery and postal mail delivery at no extra cost.  (See below for value-added services)

If you are able to come to our Daytona Beach office, this price also includes execution with our notary public and two witnesses. (By appointment)

Can you electronically record (e-Record) my Florida Lady Bird Deed with my county?

Yes!  We can e-Record Lady Bird deeds in most Florida counties.

Is there a way to notarize my Florida Lady Bird Deed without leaving home?

Yes.  Remote Online Notarization, or “RON” as it’s commonly called,  is a 100% online video notary system where documents are signed and notarized over the Internet using your webcam and microphone.  Florida Document Specialists is a certified remote notary provider for the State of Florida.   If you bundle RON and our e-Recording service, you can prepare, sign, notarize, and record your Enhanced Life Estate Deed without ever leaving home.  This may be a healthy option given the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Visit our page on remote online notarization to learn more about how remote online notarization works.

If you are unable to visit our Daytona Beach office, and you’re not interested in RON or e-Recording, we’ll deliver your completed deed by email and USPS postal mail along with instructions on how to execute and record your Lady Bird Deed.

Is there a way to save more money by bundling Lady Bird deed preparation with online notarization and e-Recording?

You bet.  Here’s how you’ll save:

Prepare Lady Bird Deed$95
Prepare Lady Bird Deed + Online Notarization$140
Prepare Lady Bird Deed + Online Notarization + e-Recording$160*

*Our eRecording fee does not include the recording fee charged by the clerk of court, which is typically $27.70.

Can I change my mind after I record a Lady Bird deed?

Yes.  Because the life estate retained by the original owner(s) (the life tenant(s)) is “enhanced”, the owner(s) can make changes without the consent or involvement of the remainder beneficiaries.

How does the title to my property pass to the remainder beneficiaries when the last owner dies?

The property passes automatically, outside of probate, to your remainder beneficiaries by operation of law.  In other words, “it just happens.”  A Lady Bird Deed eliminates the need to probate the property described in the deed just to transfer title.  This benefit alone is probably why a Florida Enhanced Life Estate Deed is so popular.  It allows you to transfer title of your home or property to your loved ones without burdening them with the hassles of probate.

I have legal questions about Lady Bird deeds.  Can you help?

Unfortunately, no.  We are a nonlawyer document preparation company, not a law firm.  None of us are lawyers, and we’re not qualified to give you legal advice about your decision to execute an Enhanced Life Estate (Lady Bird) deed.  If you have questions about Lady Bird deeds that cannot be answered with the publicly available information presented here, you are encouraged to consult with an attorney with experience in probate and estate planning matters.  After you have done your research and due diligence, and you’ve decided that an Enhanced Life Estate Deed is right for you, we’d be happy to prepare it for you and assist with its execution and e-recording.  You may also find useful information by visiting this popular website.

There’s lots of websites advertising deeds.  Why is your company better?

There are many of out-of-state websites offering automated deed preparation and downloads.  These sites also offer downloadable forms for wills, trusts, divorces, and most everything else you could imagine.  You should know that we help dozens of customers each month who have chosen that route only to hire us to retype useless the mess that they received.  Most of these websites don’t even have a phone number with a human on the other end. Remember Benjamin Franklin’s words:  The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.  Read more about why we’re a different kind of company.

Can I bundle other documents with the purchase of a Lady Bird deed for greater value?

Yes.  Here is our most popular bundle for $350
(Online Notarization and e-Recording Not Included)

How Do I Get Started?

It’s simple.  Click the Lady Bird deed questionnaire button below, and you’ll be on your way.  After you answer a few easy questions, click “submit”, and we’ll be notified immediately of your order.  If you’re interested in bundling documents and services, please give us a call or use the contact form below.

Florida Lady Bird Deed