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300 Hot Springs Rd
Montecito, CA, 93108
United States

(805) 969-8011

Casa Dorinda offers independence without worry, healthcare without hassle, and a lifestyle tailored to you.  From fine dining to private medical services, our all-inclusive approach to retirement living will leave you thinking: Life is good, but retirement is even better.


About Casa Dorinda

Life Estate Reserved

You may desire to leave your home or farm to Casa Dorinda at your death but would also like to receive a current charitable income tax deduction. A life estate reserved might offer the solution you need!


How a life estate works

  1. You deed your home or farm to Casa Dorinda. The deed will include a provision that gives you the right to use your home or farm for the rest of your life and that of any other life estate party named in the deed.
  2. You and Casa Dorinda sign a maintenance, insurance and taxes (MIT) agreement to explain that you will do your best to keep the property in good condition and that you will maintain property insurance and pay the property taxes.
  3. When the owners of the life estate have passed away, your home or farm will belong to Casa Dorinda. We will use or sell the property to further our charitable work.

Benefits of life estate reserved

  • Use the full value of your unused retirement account to provide income to your surviving spouse and to provide income to children or other loved ones for a specified period of time
  • Create an estate tax deduction and savings from the charitable gift
  • Support the important charitable work of Casa Dorinda

More on life estate reserved

  • Life Estates Work for Spouses Too - The life estate can last for your life or based on your life and that of another person, such as a spouse or loved one.
  • Mortgage Debt - It is possible for you to make a gift of your property even though there is a mortgage upon the residence.
  • Maintenance Issues - You will be responsible for the maintenance, insurance and taxes on the property, just as you were prior to creating the life estate.
  • Life Estates Are Flexible - If, at some point in the future, you are no longer able to live independently in your home, we may be able to help you use your life estate to create a lump sum cash payment (with a joint sale) or create an income stream (using the life estate to fund a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity).


Contact Us

To learn more about a life estate, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer your questions.