Using an unrecorded pocket deed to avoid probate is almost always a bad idea. There are always better alternatives, such as a Lady Bird deed, living trust, our recorded conveyance.
Dad dies. Stepchildren claim that stepmother is taking dad’s assets and not communicating with them. Stepmother claims that all of the marital assets passed to her as surviving spouse and the children are just bugging her. There’s conflict and confusion. Each side accuses the other of greed and ill will. Neither side understands its rights. Who gets what? Here’s a step by step guide.