Asbestos is a four letter word in the world today. If you have the asbestos legally removed, it will be bagged and tagged with your name on it, and put in a environmental dump. If at anytime that dump is closed, condemned, etc... You still own it and you will be contacted by the government to find a new home for it. Bottom line, you own it for life. As the homeowner, you are liable for the asbestos and all effects if causes on those who come into contact with it, such as neighbors who breath it while it is being removed, thus I encourage you not to remove it with a contractor who says 'it's no big deal'. Removing asbestos is a major liability and I strongly recommend you speak to a licensed and qualified expert in your area about local and federal laws and then weigh the pros and cons of removing it. Search for referrals and avoid inflated estimates by speaking to more than one company. It is a costly process because of the fact that several environmental agencies have to be involved. I've included the EPA link to get you started. After all the facts are considered, you might decide there is a better alternative rather than removing it, or you might proceed with the abatement either way you will be more informed.