Saving the Family Cottage: A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home

Saving the Family Cottage: A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home

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Estate planning for family cottages and cabins

When family members inherit a vacation home together, problems are often unavoidable, given that the new co-owners may have different financial circumstances or emotional attachments to the family cottage or cabin.

But you can head off damaging family squabbles by developing a legal structure (typically an LLC) to take care of the business of ownership. Whether you’re planning to pass on a cottage to your children, or you’ve inherited a cabin with your siblings, Saving the Family Cottage provides practical, legal solutions for preserving a beloved family property for generations to come. You’ll learn how to:

  • keep the peace (and avoid fights) among siblings over jointly-owned property
  • prevent a family member from forcing a sale of the cottage or cabin
  • keep your vacation home out of the hands of in-laws and creditors, and
  • make a smooth transition from one generation’s ownership to the next.

The fifth edition is updated to reflect current tax laws, including state property tax laws which affect choice of legal entity. It also includes an expanded discussion of legal issues when renting a family cottage or cabin on Airbnb, VRBO, or similar rental services.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413323498
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 03/27/2017
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 103,499
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

The late Stuart Hollander was a lawyer with more than 20 years' experience helping families plan for succession of their vacation cottages.

Rose Hollander has spent more than 20 years working and living in the heart of Michigan cottage country. She was the legal assistant/paralegal in a law practice with her husband, Stuart Hollander, whose practice centered on estate planning to help families concerned about passing on vacation homes. Rose met with families, helped draft documents, and helped families administer the estate after a death. Rose graduated from Ithaca College.

David S. Fry is a Michigan attorney whose practice also focuses on real estate and estate planning, particularly succession planning for second homes. He is a fourth-generation cottage owner and regularly presents seminars around Michigan on how to keep a cottage in the family. You can visit his website at

Table of Contents

Part I: Cottages at Risk

1. Trouble in Paradise

2. Avoid the Worst: A Partition Parable

3. Plan for the Best: Cottage Succession Goals

4. How a Plan Helps Save the Family Cottage

5. No Plan? Then 600-Year-Old Law Controls the Cottage

6. Other Animals in the Property Law Zoo

7. Short-Term Solutions

Part III: Cottage Plans in Action

8. Choose the Right Legal Entity for Your Cottage

9. Welcome to the Club

10. When and How to Organize the Cottage LLC

11. The Cottage Safety Valve

12. Cottage Democracy

13. Scheduling and Use

14. Renting the Cottage

Part IV: Creating a Cottage Legacy

15. Minimizing the Federal Tax Bite

16. The Ultimate Gift: A Cottage Endowment

G. Glossary

B. Bibliography

A. Appendix: Table of Contents for Cottage

Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement


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Saving the Family Cottage: A Guide to Succession Planning for your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The content of this book really should just be a longish article on the pitfalls of trying to pass a family cabin down through the generations, and solutions to those problems. By excessive redundancy, a large typeface, the use of meaningless diagrams and an extensive bibliography, that article has been turned into something long enough that it can be published as a book.Cynicism aside about the profit motives, this really does lay out the problems with trying to establish a family cottage once the founding generation has died. Anyone who is, or expects to be, in that situation absolutely, positively should read least Chapters 9 and 10. It's likely to be of little interest to anyone not in those categories.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You were gong to leave the cottage to your children in shares? What a way to end family harmony! This terrific book explains why you should put the cottage in an LLC and set up the arrangements so those children who want to use it will be able to do so harmoniously!