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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.
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E-Recording, or electronic document recording, is the process of transmitting real property documents electronically to the local government entity charged with recording and maintaining public records. The process is similar to traditional recording methods except that documents are submitted within minutes without ever leaving your house or office, and recorded documents are returned electronically immediately after recording.
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A recorder, sometimes called the registrar of deeds or clerk of courts, is a government official responsible for maintaining public records and documents, especially records relating to real estate ownership such as real estate deeds and mortgages. Find your local recorder.
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Deed fraud happens everyday, learn how to protect yourself and your property. Information about real estate deed fraud and how recording officials, notaries, and property owners can fight it.
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Conveying Real Property from a Living Trust in Louisiana
Under R.S. 9:1732, trusts under the Louisiana Trust Code are either testamentary (to take effect upon the settlor’s death) or inter vivos (to take effect upon the trust instrument’s execution). Find the laws governing trusts and trust administrat...

Conveying Trust Real Estate in Kentucky
In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, trustees use the same deed forms applicable to regular transfers to convey real property out of a trust. The type of deed required depends on the type of warranty of title the trustee wishes to convey. According to...

Transferring Real Property from an Illinois Estate
Find the Illinois laws for dealing with a decedent’s real property at 755 ILCS 5/20. Probate is a court-supervised, lawful distribution of a deceased individual’s assets. The nature of the probate case depends on whether the decedent died tes...

Iowa Trustee’s Affidavits – Who Needs ‘Em?
Turns out, everyone! Everyone who records a trustee’s deed, anyway. For any transfer of real property from a trust, Iowa requires a recorded trustee’s affidavit under Iowa Code § 614.14, to be recorded and delivered to the purchaser alongsid...

Idaho Has Two Trustee’s Deeds – What’s the Difference?
When choosing a trustee’s deed in the State of Idaho, it is important to understand the difference between the two very different types of conveyances the term can refer to: the trustee’s deed as used in estate planning, and the trustee’s deed ...

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Real Estate Deed History
In the United States, land ownership began with land grants from England that formed the basis for the 13 original colonies. After the American Revolutionary War, new federal government owned the land in the 13 colonies. Learn More
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