Giving a person life rights in a piece of real estate can be a good way to avoid some family conflicts and make sure that property stays in the family. However, it can also create conflicts, according to the Edinburg Review in "Designate rights and duties of life tenant in will's bequest."
The problem is that the life tenant might have different ideas about how the property should be maintained than the people who will inherit it after their death. For example, the ultimate inheritors might object if the life tenant wants to completely redo the interior of a home. Unless the parties can resolve the conflict, they could end up in a legal battle.
For this reason, it may be a good idea to include provisions regarding the life tenant’s responsibilities concerning maintenance and any limitations on how the life tenant can use the property.
An experienced estate planning attorney can advise you in creating an estate plan that fits your unique circumstances, including the possible granting of life rights in real estate.
Reference: Edinburg Review (Jan. 8, 2018) "Designate rights and duties of life tenant in will's bequest."