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Thanks, Phil. I knew we needed an attorney before proceeding to construction but it sounds even worse than I feared.

Thinking on the fly, suppose I sell her half the house, which in the current market would give me a relatively small gain, way under the tax exclusion for profits on a sale. Then she's on the title as half owner and I use what she paid me to pay for half the addition and she pays the other half?

Works in my logical mind but we're talking about the IRS here. (No offense to former employees intended.)
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