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All Story County specific forms listed below are included in your immediate download:


Story County Court Officer Deed Form Page 1

Court Officer Deed Form - Story County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 5/6/2020


Story County Court Officer Deed Guide Page 1

Court Officer Deed Guide - Story County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 5/5/2020


Story County Completed Example of the Court Officer Deed Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Court Officer Deed Document - Story County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 4/16/2020


*The Following Iowa and Story 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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  • How long does it take to get my forms?
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  • What are supplemental forms?
    • Often when a deed is recorded additional documents are required by the state or local jurisdiction. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.
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  • Can the forms be re-used?
    • Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in a given county that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in that county.
  • Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Story County ?
    • Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Story County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.
  • Do I have to enter all of my property information online?
    • No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.
  • Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?
    • Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.
  • Do I need any special software to use these forms?
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  • Are there any recurring fees involved?
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Areas covered by these Court Officer Deed Forms:

  • Story County

Including:

  • Ames
  • Cambridge
  • Collins
  • Colo
  • Gilbert
  • Huxley
  • Kelley
  • Maxwell
  • Mc Callsburg
  • Nevada
  • Roland
  • Slater
  • Story City
  • Zearing

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What is the Iowa Court Officer Deed?

When a property owner dies in Iowa, title to his or her real property passes by means of the decedent's will, or, in the absence of a will, via the laws of intestate succession established in the probate code, codified at chapter 633 of the Iowa Code.

Probate is the court procedure through which a decedent's will is proved and his or her estate is settled. The probate process takes place in the county in which the decedent was domiciled at the time of his or her death.
Pursuant to designation in the decedent's will or priority to administer the decedent's estate, as established by Iowa Code 633.227, the court appoints a personal representative (PR) who will oversee the estate's administration. The PR is either called an executor, when named by a decedent's will, or an administrator, in the absence of a will or lack of designation in a will. Regardless, the fiduciary duties of the personal representative remain the same, including marshalling the decedent's assets, paying debts and valid claims on the estate, and distributing the remainder of the estate to beneficiaries.

Title to real property that does not transfer outside of the probate process by means of a survivorship interest or trust must pass by means of a deed. Depending on the situation, a PR may be directed by the terms of a will to sell real property, or might need to consolidate the estate by selling property. The PR will need to petition the court for an order of sale if a power of sale is not set forth in a will. In Iowa, PRs use a court officer deed to transfer property from a decedent's estate to a distributee or purchaser.

A court officer's deed must meet all state and local standards, and might also require additional supporting documentation. The completed deed is executed and signed by the PR of the decedent's estate and recorded in the office of the recorder of land records in the county where the subject real property is situated. Iowa requires additional documentation when recording land records, including a Ground Water Hazard Statement (GWHS) and a Declaration of Value (DOV), unless a revenue tax exemption is claimed on the face of the conveyancing document.

As always, consult a lawyer with any questions regarding estate administration and court officer deeds in Iowa.

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