Knox County Grant Deed Form (Maine)

All Knox County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Grant Deed Form

Knox County Grant Deed Form

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included Knox County compliant document last validated/updated 3/11/2024

Grant Deed Guide

Knox County Grant Deed Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Knox County compliant document last validated/updated 4/15/2024

Completed Example of the Grant Deed Document

Knox County Completed Example of the Grant Deed Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Knox County compliant document last validated/updated 5/16/2024

When using these Grant Deed forms, the subject real estate should be physically located in Knox County, and the executed documents recorded in one of the following offices:

Knox County Registry of Deeds

Courthouse - 62 Union St, 1st floor, Rockland, Maine 04841

Hours: 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday

Phone: (207) 594-0422

Local jurisdictions located in Knox County include:

  • Camden
  • Cushing
  • Friendship
  • Glen Cove
  • Hope
  • Isle Au Haut
  • Matinicus
  • North Haven
  • Owls Head
  • Port Clyde
  • Rockland
  • Rockport
  • South Thomaston
  • Spruce Head
  • Tenants Harbor
  • Thomaston
  • Union
  • Vinalhaven
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • West Rockport

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Forms are NOT emailed to you. Immediately after you submit payment, the Knox County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be sent to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Knox County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Knox County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Knox County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Grant Deed 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 Knox County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Knox County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Maine or Knox County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Knox County Grant Deed forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

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.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Real property transfers are governed by Title 33 of the Maine Revised Statutes, but the statutes do not specifically address grant deeds.

A grant deed is a legal document used to transfer, or convey, rights in real property from a grantor (seller) to a grantee (buyer). It contains covenants, or guarantees, that the grantor has not previously sold the real property interest now being conveyed to the grantee, and that the property is being conveyed to the grantee without any liens or encumbrances, except for those specifically disclosed in the deed. Grant deeds do not generally require the grantor to defend title claims.

A lawful grant deed identifies the names and addresses of each grantor and grantee. In addition, it states how the grantee will vest (hold) title. For Maine residential property, the primary methods for holding title are tenancy in common and joint tenancy. An estate conveyed to two or more persons is considered a tenancy in common unless a joint tenancy is clearly expressed (33 M.R.S. 159).

Include the source of title and a complete legal description of the property; without these two things, the document does not constitute notice to third parties (33 M.R.S. 201-A(2)). The deed must be signed by the grantor and notarized and acknowledged before any of the officials listed in 33 M.R.S. 203. If applicable, the grantor's spouse must sign the deed to release his or her interest in the property (33 M.R.S. 772-A-1).

A Transfer Tax Form (or Declaration of Value) must be filed at the County Register of Deeds' office at the same time as the recording of the deed (36 M.R.S 4641-4641N). If the sale is exempt from the transfer tax, state the exemption clearly on the deed. The transfer tax is collected based on the consideration paid for each transfer of property. Find a list of transfers exempt from this tax at 36 M.R.S. 4641-C.

In addition to the content requirements set forth by statute, the form must meet all state and local standards for recorded documents. These may vary from county to county, so contact the local recording office with questions.

Record the deed at the Register of Deeds' office in which the property is located. If the property is located in more than one county, record the deed in both counties (33 M.R.S. 201). All recorded real estate deeds, leases, or other written instruments pertaining to real estate in Maine will take precedence over unrecorded documents (33 M.R.S. 201).

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice. Contact a lawyer with questions about grant deeds or transfers of real property in Maine.

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