LLCs versus Personal Trusts for Seasonal Homes

We have been seeing a lot of “personal” LLCs in Maine lately for vacation homes.  Some attorneys are recommending LLCs instead of Personal Trusts to clients for their seasonal, family-owned properties.

An LLC is a “commercial” (business) entity so you cannot place personal home insurance thus the way you can on a Trust entity.  Personal Liability Umbrellas do not respond to LLCs either – you need separate, commercial umbrellas for the LLC.  By choosing to place a seasonal home in an LLC, you will waste money and lose very broad coverage that comes with “personal” insurance (liability is worldwide on a basic homeowners policy – never on commercial forms [coverage needs to be specifically extended]).

LLCs are a very bad idea for seasonal homes

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