10. Protecting Co-op Apartments Require Special Handling
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Cooperative apartments require special handling. If you currently reside in a co-op and want to implement an asset protection strategy that involves transferring it to a trust, you will need the co-op board's approval. This is another good reason to retain an Elder Law firm experienced in addressing these matters. If the board says no, a knowledgeable attorney may still be able to persuade them to move ahead with the plan.
There are several approaches we've found have a track record of success with co-op boards:
- explaining the Elder Law plan and why it is important to change the title to the apartment
- proving ability to pay the co-op maintenance
- agreeing to put money in an escrow account to cover a certain amount of maintenance
- entering into an agreement that the trust will be responsible for the co-op’s collection expenses if there’s a dispute
- making a commitment as to who will or will not live in the apartment
- agreeing to specific conditions of sale after the owner dies
The goal is to convince the board that the transaction doesn't hurt the co-op, and can be consummated in a way that won't expose the building to any additional risk. While no firm can guarantee getting board approval every time, a competent Elder Law attorney should succeed in a large majority of cases.
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