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Iowa - Decatur County Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Form

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Decatur County Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Form Page 1

Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Form - Decatur County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 4/30/2019


Decatur County Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Guide Page 1

Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Guide - Decatur County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 5/1/2019


Decatur County Completed Example of the Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Document - Decatur County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 5/14/2019


*The Following Iowa and Decatur County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Real Estate Transfer Declaration of Value

Real Estate Transfer Declaration of Value

According to Iowa law, a Declaration of Value, stating the full consideration paid in certain non-exempt real estate conveyances, must be submitted to the county recorder at the time a deed, contract, instrument, or other writing is presented for recording. A version to be filled in online as well as a print version of the form are available. Both include instructions, but make sure to consult the Detailed Filing Instructions as well.


Real Estate Transfer Groundwater Hazard Statement

Real Estate Transfer Groundwater Hazard Statement

This form must be presented to the county recorder when the document to be recorded is filed. The recorder shall forward the original to the transferee when the recorded instrument is returned.


Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax

This tax table lists transfer tax rates by amount of consideration.


Iowa Homestead Exemption

Iowa Homestead Exemption

If you are an Iowa resident property owner and live in the property for 6 months or longer each year, you may qualify for a Homestead exempition. This can reduce your property taxes.


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by notaries in the state.


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Areas covered by these Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant Forms:

  • Decatur County

Including:

  • Davis City
  • Decatur
  • Garden Grove
  • Grand River
  • Lamoni
  • Leon
  • Van Wert
  • Weldon

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What is the Iowa Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant?

Transferring Title to Iowa Real Estate after a Joint Tenant Dies

Joint tenancy is a form of ownership where two or more people share title rights to a specific parcel of real property. If one joint tenant dies, his/her portion of property rights transfers to the remaining owners by function of law. If there are multiple surviving co-owners, they each receive an equal share of the rights. Property held in joint tenancy does not pass to the owners' estates in a will. Therefore, it avoids distribution via the probate process.

Iowa Code 558.66 (2013) governs the different requirements for completing the transfer of title rights under joint tenancy. Specifically, the living joint tenant may execute and record an affidavit of surviving joint tenant, which the recorder attaches to the previously recorded deed. An affidavit is a document containing statements, made under oath, which identify the person presenting the material (affiant); the name of the surviving co-owner (often the affiant); details about the deceased owner; the legal description of the property being transferred; recording information from the deed granting joint tenancy; and a request to update the records with the county auditor ( 558.66(3)(b)). In addition, many people include an official copy of the deceased owner's death certificate.

Completing this process is an essential step in preserving a clear chain of title to the property, meaning that there is an unbroken history of owners, which reduces the likelihood of unexpected claims of rights to the real estate. A clear chain of title also makes the property easier to sell or mortgage because title agencies will provide the insurance that is usually required as part of the sale. In addition, because grantors (owners) must sign deeds when property is sold or otherwise conveyed, the recorded affidavit serves as evidence proving why one of the named owners cannot sign the transfer.

Real estate held in joint tenancy is often one aspect of an overall estate plan. Good practice dictates frequent updates of items such as wills, trusts, and other associated documents. As such, executing an affidavit of surviving joint tenant soon after a co-owner dies protects the rights and interests of everyone involved by ensuring that the relevant land records contain the most current information.

Each situation is unique, so for complex issues or with additional questions, please contact a local real estate attorney or other estate planning professional.

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