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What is a Real Estate Deed?

A deed is a legal instrument (document), almost always in writing, that passes an interest in real estate from one person to another person. Other frequently asked questions about real estate deeds.


Homestead Exemptions and Living Trusts: a Look at California, Florida, and Texas
The information presented in this article is not all-encompassing, nor is it meant to be construed as professional legal advice. Because homestead exemption laws are complicated, consult a qualified attorney with questions regarding homestead exempti...

Gifts of Real Property
A gift deed, or deed of gift, is a legal document voluntarily transferring title to real property from one party (the grantor or donor) to another (the grantee or donee), typically between family members or close friends. Gift deeds are also used to ...

Quitclaim Deeds and Divorce
Quitclaim deeds are documents used to transfer the owner's interest (if any) in real property to someone else, with no warranties of title. The transfer may or may not include consideration (something of value, usually money). They are generally used...

Why should I record my real estate deed?
Real estate deeds transfer a grantor's (owner) property rights to a grantee (buyer/recipient). Recording the deed provides an official record of the change in ownership. Details about this transfer are available to the general public through the loca...

Guide to Mechanic Liens for Real Estate in Ohio
Mechanic's liens protect the interests of contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and laborers on construction jobs when work goes unpaid. In Ohio, a mechanic's lien is a right provided under the state Constitution. Liens are available again...

Probate and Transferring a Decedent's Real Property in New Jersey
What happens to a person's property after death? The decedent's assets comprise his or her estate, and become subject to a legal process called probate. Titles 3A and 3B of the New Jersey Revised Statutes govern probate in the state. Probate is th...

The Mechanic Lien Process for Real Estate in Texas
A mechanic's lien is an encumbrance on an owner's title, used to guarantee payment to builders, contractors, and construction businesses which build or repair structures, by using the property where the work was completed as a form of collateral. Eli...

Probate Transfers of Real Property in Nevada
Probate is the legal process of settling a decedent's estate and transferring property to devisees or heirs entitled to receive it. In Nevada, probate proceedings are overseen by the district court of the county where the decedent resided at the time...

Distribution of a Decedent's Realty in New Hampshire
Probate is the legal process of settling a deceased person's estate and transferring the remaining assets to devisees or heirs. Title LVI of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes governs the probate process in New Hampshire. Property subject to proba...

Transferring a Decedents Real Property Interest in Nebraska
Probate is the legal process of distributing a person's assets after death according to the provisions of the decedent's will and the Nebraska Probate Code. Any part of the decedent's estate that does not transfer by will is distributed pursuant to N...

Devolution of Real Property After Death in Montana
When a Montanan dies, probate is required for any property he or she held individually or as a tenant in common; property held in a survivorship interest devolves to survivors by process of law; property held in trust or with a beneficiary designatio...

Transfers of Real Property from Decedents Estates in Missouri
Probate is the legal process of settling a decedent's estate and distributing his or her property to those entitled by the decedent's will or by laws of intestate succession to receive it. In Missouri, the laws governing probate proceedings are codif...

Oregon Construction Lien Waivers
Oregon's Construction Lien Law is codified at ORS 87.001 to 87.060 and 87.075 to 87.093. Liens are instruments, recorded with the land records for the locality where the relevant real property is situated, that document the agreement between the o...

Minnesota Probate: Transfers of Real Property
Probate is the legal process of settling a person's estate after he or she has died, including distributing the decedent's property to those entitled to receive it. Regardless of whether the decedent left a will, all property (real and personal) owne...

Making a Mechanic's Lien Claim in Virginia
In Virginia, a lien claimant may make a claim for a mechanic's lien by completing and recording a "Memorandum for Mechanic's Lien" document. There are separate versions of the Memorandum depending on whether the claimant is a contractor, su...

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