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Insurance Question from Cherry Brook, MA

Asked on 11/29/2011

House in Trust can i get homeowners insurance in my name? house i live in is held by a trust - i am a beneficiary and trustee. i will inherit the house upon my parents death. for the home owners policy. is there any reason i couldn't get the policy in my name to cover the structure, contents and liability? or do i need the policy for the trust and then a separate renters insurance policy? i need the contents and liability, but it seems like a waste of money to duplicate with a renters policy

Answer given on December 01, 2011

If you are owner of the property as part of the trust, and are on the deed and/or loan for the home, you can purchase a homeowner policy in your name that will include coverage on the home, contents and liability. The trust should be added as an additional insured on the policy since it too is on title.If the title of the home is in your parents’ name, then the policy should be written in their name with, again, the trust as additional insured. The policy may have to be written as a rental property and then you would need to get a renters policy for your personal property and liability protection.I recommend that you speak with your agent about the issues. Some insurance companies are less stringent on writing a homeowner policy, if you are a family member and beneficiary of a trust and would be willing to do a homeowner policy.You can also discuss everything with your parents and see if you can be added to the title so you can purchase a homeowner policy.


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