At JD Legal Planning PLLC, we simplify the process of legal planning. Costs are clearly identified up front, so there are no surprises.

902 28th Street South, Suite 2
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

Phone: 701.364.9595
Toll Free: 855.299.9595
Fax: 701.364.9596

Please print out and fill in the following intake forms prior to your appointment:

Client Intake Form
Financial Statement Form

Life Estate


A life estate deed is commonly done to protect real estate or mineral rights from nursing home costs, and to avoid probate.  Once the life estate deed is recorded with the County Recorder’s office, it grants ownership of the parcel to two separate parties:  the life estate owner(s) and the remainder interest owner(s).

Life Estate Owner(s) – LIFE RIGHTS

  • Full use, benefit and enjoyment of the property for life
  • Earns rental income from property for life
  • Pays property taxes and expenses for life
  • Cannot sell or transfer the property without the signature of the remainder interest owner(s)

Remainder Interest Owner(s) – DEATH RIGHTS

  • Obtain full use of the property and right to income from the property when the life estate owner(s) die
  • Cannot sell or transfer the property without the signature of the life estate owner(s)

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