Real Estate Deeds

Kentucky Grant Deed

A grant deed can be used in Kentucky to convey real property from one living person to another. Grant deeds contain the assurance that the grantor has not already conveyed the title to another person. The grantor to a grant deed also warrants that he or she is in lawful possession of the title being transferred.

No grant deed conveying a legal or equitable title to real property in Kentucky should be lodged for record and thus, valid against a purchaser for a valuable consideration, without notice thereof, or against creditors, until the deed is acknowledged or proved according to law (382.270). The grantor to a grant deed must sign the instrument and have his or her signature duly acknowledged. A deed may be admitted to record in Kentucky when it has been proved or acknowledged in one of the following ways: (A) an acknowledgment by the county clerk by the party making the deed (the grantor); (B) proved by two subscribing witnesses, or by one subscribing witness, who also proves the attestation of the other; (C) by a certificate of a county clerk of Kentucky, or any notary public, stating that the deed has been acknowledged before him by the party making the deed or proved before him in the manner provided by statute. Other methods of proving a deed are stated in the Kentucky Annotated Statutes (382.130). A deed executed in a state other than Kentucky can be admitted to record when it is certified, under the seal of the office or court by a judge, clerk, or deputy clerk, or by a notary public, city mayor, secretary of state, commissioner authorized to take acknowledgments of deeds, or justice of the peace, to have been acknowledged or proved before him or her in the manner required by KRS 382.130 (KRS 382.140). In addition, a grant deed should contain a statement of consideration when it is submitted for recordation (382.135).

All grant deeds, mortgages, and other instruments required by law to be recorded in order to be effectual against purchasers without notice, or creditors, should be recorded in the county clerk's office of the county where the property, or the greater part of the property, is located (382.110). Grant deeds and mortgages in Kentucky will take effect in the order that they are legally acknowledged or proved and lodged for record with the county clerk (382.280). Kentucky Grant Deed Forms Have Been Updated as Recently as Wednesday April 18, 2018