Real Estate Deeds

Maryland Quit Claim Deed

In order to be valid in Maryland, quitclaim deeds are required to be executed and recorded (Annotated Code of Maryland 3-101). A specific set of prerequisites must be met before a quitclaim deed can be recorded. Specific requirements include: A clerk of the Circuit Court in Maryland may record a quitclaim deed if it is endorsed with a certificate from the collector of taxes in the county where the property is located and if it is accompanied by a completed Land Intake Sheet (Annotated Code of Maryland 3-104). Additional requirements, such as a certificate of preparation and formatting rules may also apply to the recordation of a quitclaim deed. Requirements may vary by county.

Once a quitclaim deed is recorded, it takes effect from its effective date as against the grantor, his personal representatives, all purchasers with notice of the deed, and every creditor of the grantor, with or without notice. The effective date is the date of delivery and is presumed to be the date of the last acknowledgment, if any, or the date stated on the deed, whichever is later (Annotated Code of Maryland 3-201). A recorded quit claim deed will take effect against the grantee of any deed executed and delivered subsequent to the effective date, unless the grantee of the subsequent deed has accepted delivery of the deed or other instrument in good faith, without constructive notice, and for a good and valuable consideration and has recorded the deed first (Annotated Code of Maryland 3-203). Maryland Quit Claim Deed Forms Have Been Updated as Recently as Monday April 23, 2018