How Can I Make Sure My Home is Deeded to Me When the Owner Dies?

Full Question:

I have been living in a condo making all payments, improvements, keeping it up to value and I was led to believe that it would be named as my property in the trust. It is in my mothers name due to a divorce and legal problems, so it was never transferred to my name. The taxes were never included in payment so my mom made them. I now give her money every month for taxes and insurance. I am concerned about when my mom passes, she is now 85 and will not talk to me about transferring and what is going to happen to my home. I believe that she is just being difficult and controlling. I send her a check every month for taxes and put tax payment. Is this enough to protect me or what do I need to do?
04/26/2011   |   Category: Wills and Es... ยป Contract to ...   |   State: California   |   #24726

Answer:

A contract to make a will which contains a promise to leave property in a willl may be enforceable if the gift in the will is to be made in exchange for services or other value provided by the heir. By signing and recording a beneficiary deed, an owner of an interest in real property may cause the owner's interest in the real property to be conveyed to people or entities on the owner's death.
For further discussion, please see:

http://www.stimmel-law.com/articles/Contracts_to_make_wills.html