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Arizona Correction Deed

What happens when there is an error in your deed? What can you do to fix it? One option may be filing a corrective deed.

A corrective deed is an instrument used to correct a small error in a deed that has been recorded at an earlier date. Corrections can only be made to non-material errors, causing no actual change in the substance of the deed. Common mistakes include typographical errors in the legal description, misspelled names, accidentally omitted suffixes or middle initials, etc.

Major, or material, changes to the substance of the deed have a legal effect in how property is titled, and therefore require a new deed. Adding or removing a grantee, for example, or significant changes to the legal description, may all require a new deed of conveyance. When in doubt about the gravity of an error and whether a correction deed is the appropriate vehicle to address it, consult with a lawyer.

On the corrective deed, give the recording information from the previously filed document, then identify which section contains the error. Provide the correct details in the body of the deed. The corrective deed states the nature of the error and recites the date and recording information of the erroneous deed.

For the corrective deed to be valid, all parties who signed the erroneous deed must sign the corrective deed in the presence of a notarial official. If the grantor is married, Arizona requires that both spouses sign the deed (A.R.S. 33-452). Finally, the form must meet all state and local standards for recorded documents. Submit the completed corrective deed to the local recording office.

Most transfers of real property are subject to a transfer tax and must be accompanied by an Affidavit of Property Value. However, corrective deeds are exempt from both because the property has already been transferred (A.R.S. 11-1133, 11-1134).

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice. Contact an attorney with questions about corrective deeds or any other issues related to real property in Arizona.

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Chris H. said: Fast and Easy. Did not have to leave my office to get this done.

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RUSSELL E. said: The process sure was easy and fast. Not sure why a rep would question why I am requesting an exhibit page on the Deed when that's a common practice here in AZ. They recorded it the way I sent it so all good.

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Rebecca H. said: I thought the forms were reasonably priced, the instructions included in the packet were thorough, and the examples helpful. Thank you for the additional CDR forms too. I contacted the Recorder's office via email with a question and Jennifer Bowser answered promptly. Job well done! However, when I delivered the deed and Real Property Transfer Declaration to the Clerk's office in Lafayette, the clerk was unfamiliar with the Declaration document being submitted and it took some time to convince her to submit the form without charging the recording fee. She even tried to phone the recorder's office for clarification, but no one answered. There then was an additional form at that office that I had to complete called Recording Request/Transmittal Form. I would suggest including that form with instructions in your on-line packet to speed up the process when a Deed is delivered to the County Clerk's satellite office. I do not expect every clerk to know all the particulars of recording requirements but a little knowledge wouldn't hurt.

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Arizona Correction Deed Form