Lady Bird Deed Law and Legal Definition
A "Lady Bird" deed is a nickname for an enhanced life state deed. It is named after Lady Bird Johnson, because allegedly President Johnson once used this type of deed to convey some land to Lady Bird. An enhanced life estate deed is a variation of a quitclaim deed that currently enables an individual to retain their homestead creditor and tax exemption, have the home be exempt from Medicaid claims during their lifetime, while at the same time enable named persons to receive the home upon death, free of Medicaid claims and liens. It is a specially designed instrument that is only available in a few states, including Florida. Generally, it works like a traditional Life Estate Deed, and there is often no capital gains tax if the property is sold shortly after your death. It goes beyond a life estate deed, because not only does the life tenant get to live there for life, that former owner also reserves more than just a life estate. Also reserved are the rights to sell, commit waste, and almost everything else, except the transfer on death to the "remainderman".