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  • On Oct 19, 2021
    Kristin from PA Asked

    If my mother wants to add me to the title of her DVC membership, do we both retain membership priviledges? She is in the process of estate planning and we just wanted to make sure it wouldn't affect the benefits received (discounts, etc). Thanks!

    Hi Kristin!

    Welcome home, and welcome to planDisney! As a Disney Vacation Club Member myself, I’m here with planDisney to answer your trip planning questions with my expert tips and tricks! As a Member for more than a decade, I can share information about how Membership works, but as I am a nurse in real life, while I am really good at delivering babies, you should seek the expert advice of an estate planner or lawyer before you make any final decisions in this area.

    Your mother can add you to the title of her Disney Vacation Club Membership. Because Membership is a real estate interest, adding you to the title is a legal process, just like adding you to the title of a home. There are costs involved, so make sure you anticipate and plan for that. If you move forward with adding you to the title, you would both be considered Members, and you would both be entitled to Member perks and discounts. Hers would not be taken away, but yours should be added.

    There are a few ways to set up joint ownership of a Membership and this is one of the things you would want to discuss with a lawyer. You would want it set up so that should something happen to mom, the Membership automatically belongs to you. If you decide not to add you to the title, speak with your lawyer or estate planner about what to expect. Disney Vacation Club Membership is something that can be passed down, but there are different legal processes should you go that route.

    Kristin, for more specific legal and estate planning questions, I recommend your mom contact Member Services and speak with Member Administration. Member Administration is available Monday through Friday from 9 AM Eastern to 5 PM Eastern and can assist with specific questions about title changes, deeds, and other legal matters. You can also send a request by email to wdw.dvc.member.administration@disney.com.

    Wishing you and mom many years of Membership Magic!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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