Are you a homeowner or aspiring property owner? Do you want to safeguard your investments and ensure long-term ownership of your assets? Then, understanding deeds of trust is crucial to achieving these goals. Deeds of trust are legal documents that secure the ownership rights of a property and protect it from potential financial risks. In this blog post, we’ll take an in-depth look at what deeds of trust are, how they work, and why they’re essential for securing your property ownership. So buckle up and get ready to embark on a comprehensive guide to understanding deeds of trust!


What is a Deed of Trust

A Deed of Trust, also known as a “Trust Deed” or “Declaration of Trust”, is a legal document that establishes the ownership of a property where there is more than one person involved. It is commonly used by unmarried couples or business partners who have contributed differing amounts upon purchase of a property. Once the Declaration of Trust is in place, all parties will know exactly where they stand if the property is sold, or one person wants to be bought out in the future.

Setting out these financial arrangements from the outset in a Deed of Trust removes any uncertainty as to what will happen to each person’s financial investment in the property and will hopefully reduce any future disagreements.


Establishing Ownership with a Deed of Trust

A Deed of Trust is used to remove any uncertainty as to what will happen to each person’s financial investment in the property. The deed is used on a future sale or transfer of the property to confirm how the net sale proceeds are to be distributed or shares to be transferred. It also helps to ascertain details of the ownership and shares passing to an estate if one or more of the owners has passed away.

Additionally, it can outline the day-to-day management of property ownership, such as payment of mortgages, bills, renovations and other utilities.

This is why they are often considered by unmarried couples or where multiple people purchase or have an interest in a property.


Common Misconceptions about Deeds of Trust

  1. Deeds of Trust are only for rich people.
  2. Deeds of Trust are only for big properties.
  3. Deeds of Trust are only for commercial properties.
  4. Deeds of Trust are complicated and difficult to understand.



We hope that this article has provided you with a more comprehensive understanding of deeds of trust and how they can help secure your property ownership. With the right legal documents in place, such as a Deed of Trust, you can rest assured knowing that your assets are safe and sound.

It is important to remember that every situation is different and therefore these types of planning often require bespoke, and nuanced advice to ensure you understand the potential advantages and disadvantages.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us.