“I am 45 years old, I have lived in my mother’s house for 15 years, it is paid for. She wants to quick deed it to me. How do we do this, do we need a lawyer?”
A deed is a lot like a contract. In theory, anybody can draft one, and you are not legally required to have a lawyer do it for you. But in practice, for anything important, it’s a good idea to get a lawyer involved. In addition to making sure that the document itself is in proper form and appropriately recorded, a lawyer can and should advise you regarding some of the aspects of the transaction that you might not have thought about, such as the tax implications of a lifetime transfer versus leaving the property to you via will or trust.