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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.


Real Estate Deed Fraud

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.


All I Deed is the Air that I Breathe

(With apologies to the Hollies) How far do one's private property rights extend? For most property owners, the common understanding of property rights is limited to what they can find written on their deed. Deeds, or the documents evidencing ti...


Virginia Probate Process for Real Estate

Probate is the legal process of settling a decedent's estate and distributing his property to devisees according to the provisions of a will or to heirs at law. Probate procedures are codified at Title 64.2 of the Code of Virginia. The Circuit Cou...


Probate and Sale of Real Property in West Virginia

Probate is the legal process of settling a decedent's estate and distributing property to those entitled to receive it. This involves authenticating a testator's will upon his or her death and transferring property to the named beneficiaries, or, if ...


Transferring Real Property from a Probate Estate in Vermont

When a person dies, her debts and assets become part of her estate and are subject to a legal process called probate. "Probate" means to prove the validity of a will, but the primary objectives of probating an estate are settling the estate...


Transfers of Real Property from an Estate: Utah

When a person dies, his or her assets become part of their estate. Probate is the process of settling and distributing the decedent's estate to the people entitled to receive it. The Utah Uniform Probate Code, which sets forth the state's rules for t...


Eminent domain: An eminence front?

A simple Google image search of "eminent domain" returns countless cartoon depictions of the giant arm of Uncle Sam hovering above a modest home, while a defenseless figure guards the front door, powerless to stop the inevitable seizure of ...


Transfers of Probate Realty in South Carolina

Probate is the legal process of proving the validity of a testator's will and settling his or her estate after death, including distributing property to those entitled to receive it. The procedures for probate are codified at title 62 of the South Ca...


Transferring a Decedent's Real Property in South Dakota

What happens to your assets when you die? Depending on how your property is titled, they become part of your estate, and are subject to administration in probate. Probate is the legal process of settling a decedent's estate and distributing assets to...


Transferring Probate Realty in Tennessee

Probate is the legal process of proving a decedent's will and transferring his or her assets to devisees or heirs. The probate process is codified at Titles 30-32, 35 of the Tennessee Code. When a decedent dies, his or her assets become part of th...


Transfers of Condominium Units in Arizona

The Arizona Condominium Act is codified at ARS 33-1201, et seq. A condominium is a piece of real estate, portions (units) of which are reserved for separate ownership, with the remainder designated for common ownership, solely by owners of the se...


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