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Washington County Grant Deed Form Page 1

Grant Deed Form - Washington County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 3/24/2020


Washington County Grant Deed Guide Page 1

Grant Deed Guide - Washington County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 3/27/2020


Washington County Completed Example of the Deed Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Deed Document - Washington County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 4/1/2020


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


Real Estate Transfer Tax

Real Estate Transfer Tax

The Transfer Tax Form (Declaration of Value) must be filed at the County Register of Deeds at the same time as the recording of the accompanying deed. A transfer tax will be collected by the Registry based on the amount of value. The tax is calculated at $2.20 per $500 of fractional value and is imposed half on the grantee and half on the grantor. This form comes with a separate instruction sheet. The supplemental sheet provides room for additional grantors or grantees as well as municipalities.


Transfer Tax Exemptions

Transfer Tax Exemptions

This list provides transfer tax exemptions for the State of Maine.


Transfer of Controlling Interest

Transfer of Controlling Interest

This form must be used for reporting transfer or acquisition of a controlling interest in an entity with a fee interest in real property.


Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption

The homestead exemption provides a reduction of up to $20,000 in the value of your home for property tax purposes. If you are a permanent resident of Maine you may qualify to 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 Grant Deed Forms:

  • Washington County

Including:

  • Addison
  • Baileyville
  • Beals
  • Brookton
  • Calais
  • Cherryfield
  • Columbia Falls
  • Cutler
  • Danforth
  • Dennysville
  • East Machias
  • Eastport
  • Grand Lake Stream
  • Harrington
  • Jonesboro
  • Jonesport
  • Lambert Lake
  • Lubec
  • Machias
  • Machiasport
  • Meddybemps
  • Milbridge
  • Pembroke
  • Perry
  • Princeton
  • Robbinston
  • Steuben
  • Topsfield
  • Vanceboro
  • Waite
  • Wesley
  • Whiting

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What is the Maine Grant Deed?

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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