Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
I believe she can move in and out, but she must pay the taxes and upkeep on the home regardless of whether she's in the house or not. If she jeopardizes the house by not paying the taxes, she can lose her life estate. Speak to an estate attorney about this matter. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Burnham & Associates | Stephanie K. Burnham
A life estate is the legal right to live in a property for a persons life. Moving put does not necessarily negate the life estate, the life estate is usually only negated through death or by the person signing a deed transferring their life estate to the remainder men (the people entitled to the property after the life estate holder's death).
Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
A life estate does not depend on occupying the property. The person who has the life estate has all the rights of any property owner, but ends at the death of the identified life. She can live in it, let someone else live there, rent it, etc. Only if the life estate was granted with a condition of living there would she be required to live in the house.
Answer Applies to: California