Is it necessary to legally transfer ownership of a car after the owner dies?
My mother-in-law passed away. Her grandaughter borrowed the the car and is still driving it. The car is registered and insured in my mother-in-law's name. Is this a liability issue?
There could indeed be a messy liability issue if the car is involved in an accident or other mishap.
Unless your mother-in-law directed that the car pass immediately to a new owner through a transfer-on-death arrangement, it now legally belongs to her estate.
Until the ownership issue is settled"”there is also a chance that she named a new owner for the car in a will or trust"”it is safer for the car to be left parked. The new owner will then have to transfer title and attend to registering and insuring the vehicle.
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