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Correcting an Error in a Recorded Instrument
Errors in a deed may create uncertainty about the title and cause problems when the current owner tries to transfer the property at a later point. Executing and recording a correction document is an easy way to prevent this. Once recorded, deeds ...

Quit Claim Deeds and Continuation of Title Insurance
The following is a guest post by Matthew A. Quick, Esq., an attorney licensed in the state of Illinois. Title insurance coverage is dictated by the terms of the policy issued by the title insurance company. In most, if not all, policies for title ...

Removing a Deceased Co-owner’s Name from a Real Estate Deed in Alaska
As of 2014, Alaska allows two forms of survivorship tenancy for real property: tenancy by the entirety and community property with right of survivorship (AS 34.15.140; AS 34.77.110). These options are only available to married couples. In general...

Georgia Bill Making the Filing of Fraudulent Real Estate Deeds a Felony
Georgia's House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill cracking down on people who steal houses by recording fraudulent real estate deeds. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Tom Kirby and co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Lindsey. House Bill 985 would pr...

Kentucky Quit Claim Deed Information
In Kentucky a quitclaim deed is defined as follows: A deed of conveyance operating by way of release; that is, intended to pass any title, interest, or claim which the grantor may have in the premises, but not professing that such title is valid, ...

Wisconsin Instruments of Conveyance
General information about Wisconsin instruments of conveyance. Legal instruments such as warranty deeds, quit claim deeds, etc., that convey title from one property owner to a new owner, are usua...

Dower, Joint Tenancy, and Ohio’s Transfer on Death Instruments
Transfer on death deeds (“TODs”) are used to convey property rights to one or more beneficiaries after the owner dies. Unlike most other assets in an estate, property conveyed in a transfer upon death is not subject to probate distribution. In ad...

Recording Districts in Alaska
Alaska is divided into nineteen organized boroughs and one unorganized borough that encompasses more than half of Alaska’s territory and contains eleven census areas, which are Aleutians West, Bethel, Dillingham, Hoonah-Angoon, Nome, Petersburg, Pr...

Co-Ownership of Nevada Real Estate
The Nevada statutes identify three primary ways for two or more people to hold title to real property: tenancy in common, community property, and joint tenancy (NRS §§ 111.060, 111.063-065). Tenancy in common is the default form of vesti...

What is the difference between an Ohio survivorship deed and a transfer on death designation affidavit?
A survivorship deed conveys title rights to property upon execution and recording. As such, it is appropriate for a situation where the owners are married or are otherwise willing to be connected by concurrent (joint) ownership. If one of the co-owne...

Avoiding Delays in Real Estate Transaction Closings
If you have faced delays in closing, it might be good news then to hear that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is curious about addressing common problems that can be fixed. The CFPB, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, wan...

Searching for a Recorded Document
Searching for recorded documents can be intimidating, but a few minutes of planning can save time and simplify the process. The method and availability of retrieving recorded deeds, mortgages, or other documents varies depending on the agency respons...

Quitclaim Deeds after Divorce or Dissolution
Quitclaim deeds convey the current owner’s rights in real property, if any, to new owners. The transfer may or may not include consideration (something of value, usually money). They are generally used to clear clouded titles, to settle boundary di...

The Myth of Adverse Possession - Gaining title to property through adverse possession
It’s not rare to read about people using—or trying to use—squatter’s rights and the property doctrine of adverse possession in order to legally take title to and possession of an abandoned home. Some of these attempts have even been successfu...

Private seller financing and Dodd Frank regulations
The Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was initially passed in 2010 in response to the mortgage crisis and the late-2000s recession. This Act has brought significant changes to financial regulations, and with new regulations ta...

Transfer on Death Deeds and Joint Tenancy
Transfer on death deeds (TODDs), sometimes also called ladybird deeds, enhanced life estate deeds, or beneficiary deeds, can be useful components of a comprehensive estate plan. Still relatively new, they are gaining acceptance across the US; as of 2...

Charitable Donations of Real Estate
A charitable bequest involves giving part or all of a deceased person’s assets to one or more designated charities, by using specific instructions in a will. Technically, bequests relate to personal property and devises relate to real property, but...

A Lifetime of Real Estate Deeds
If you’ve never wondered about real estate deeds and what role they play (or will play) in your life, you’re probably not alone. However, a real estate deed is such an integral part of many transactions, especially the home-buying process: Withou...

Real Estate Purchase Overview for First Time Home Buyers
Buying a home, especially for first-time home buyers, can be exhilarating and exhausting. This is the largest financial investment many people will ever make, so it’s no wonder that the experience can feel daunting. It might be reassuring then to r...

Florida Documentary Stamp Tax Information
Which Documents Require Documentary Stamp Tax? Documentary stamp tax is levied on documents as provided under Chapter 201, Florida Statutes (F.S.). Documents subject to the tax include: • Deeds • Bonds • Notes and written obligatio...

Real Estate Taxes in New Hampshire
There are several taxes that apply to real estate in NH. When you purchase property, you and the seller share equally in paying the NH Transfer Tax of 1.5 percent of the sales price. Buyers of new homes sometimes buy the land and then enter into a co...

What is a Grant Deed? A Form to Know in California
You’ve probably already had a chance to read through our entries outlining the general characteristics of different deed types, and maybe you’ve also had a chance to look at our articles on specific situations and how to handle the procedure of, ...

Removing a Minor from a Real Estate Title
Sharing title to real estate with a minor, while generally lawful, can lead to legal complications. Each state defines the basic rules for conveying ownership of real property in its statues, but those rules apply to dealings between adults. When min...

Zombie Titles and Foreclosures
The housing bust and foreclosure crisis in America has left many homeowners facing some serious financial and housing issues, but it has also introduced another scary situation for homeowners who have defaulted on their mortgages: Zombie Titles. It m...

New York Bargain and Sale Deed Statutory Outline and Concept
In New York, a bargain and sale deed with covenants against the grantor’s acts is a customary form for a conveyance of real property. A bargain and sale deed ca...

How to Correct a Recorded Real Estate Deed in Oregon
A previously recorded deed can be corrected by attaching a new cover sheet that contains the re-recording statement required by Oregon statutes. If your instrument is recorded and later found to have missing, incomplete, or incorrect information, ...

Correcting a Real Estate Deed in Alabama with a Correction Deed
In order to correct a prior deed on record, use a correction deed, which must be notarized and recorded at the same county agency as the earlier deed. The Alabama correction deed makes...

Removing a Deceased Community Property Owner’s Name from an Arizona Real Estate Deed
Arizona law allows married couples to hold title to real estate as community property with right of survivorship (A.R.S. § 33-431). With this type of ownership, the property becomes a shared marital asset; if one spouse dies, the other gains full ri...

How to Remove a Deceased Joint Tenant from an Arizona Real Estate Deed
The process of removing a deceased joint tenant from an Arizona deed is fairly simple. When two or more property owners hold title as joint tenants with right of survivorship, and one of those co-owners dies, the surviving owners share the decede...

Property Transfers using a Beneficiary Deed in Arizona
The Arizona Beneficiary Deed, governed by Arizona Revised Statutes § 33-405, is a useful estate planning tool. It gives owners/grantors of Arizona real estate the ability to initiate...

 
 
 
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