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Minnesota - Cass County Transfer on Death Deed Form

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


Cass County Transfer on Death Deed Form Page 1

Transfer on Death Deed Form - Cass County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 9/16/2020


Cass County Transfer on Death Deed Guide Page 1

Transfer on Death Deed Guide - Cass County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 9/17/2020


Cass County Completed Example of the Transfer on Death Deed Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Transfer on Death Deed Document - Cass County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 9/23/2020


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


Certificate of Real Estate Value

Certificate of Real Estate Value

Buyers of real property must file this form if its sale price (or other consideration) is more than $3,000. Effective October 1, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will no longer accept the paper Certificate of Real Estate Value (CRV). Instead, the e-CRV is being implemented as an electronic replacement to the four-part paper CRV form. Transfer documents almost all require the electronic CRV and, if submitted with a paper CRV, will be rejected and required to be resubmitted with an e-CRV. Please consult the guidelines posted here for a specific list of documents. To submit the e-CRV, visit this url: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/electronic-certificate-real-estate-value-ecrv


Deed Tax

Deed Tax

Form 1 may be used to document your claim for an exempt or minimum tax transfer. This form lists 27 transfer tax exemptions. Form 2 is used if transfer tax is due and must be submitted within 30 days. Note: In the absence of a qualifying reason, deed tax must be based on at least the fair market value of the property being conveyed. The “full” deed tax rate is .0033 (.0034 for Hennepin and Ramsey counties).


Mortgage Registry Tax

Mortgage Registry Tax

Form MRT1 may be used to document your claim for an exemption from mortgage tax or the basis of your tax. The mortgage registry tax rate is .0023 of the amount of the debt being secured (.0024 for Hennepin and Ramsey counties).


Well Disclosure Certificate

Well Disclosure Certificate

Prior to signing an agreement to sell or transfer real property, the seller must always disclose in writing the location and status of all wells on the property to the buyer, along with the legal description and county of the property, and a sketch map showing the location of each well or indicate there are no wells on the property. This form comes with instructions. If there is no well, this form does not need to be completed.


Well Disclosure of Grantee in Deed

Well Disclosure of Grantee in Deed

A form for the grantee (buyer) to acknowledge if there is a well on the property. This form can only be recorded as attachment to the deed.


Affidavit Regarding Seller by Individual(s)

Affidavit Regarding Seller by Individual(s)

This affidavit must be signed and notarized and may be needed if the seller(s) must declare certain facts about the property that is being conveyed.


Affidavit Regarding Purchaser by Individual(s)

Affidavit Regarding Purchaser by Individual(s)

This affidavit must be signed and notarized and may be needed for the purchaser to state knowledge of certain facts regarding the property.


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 Transfer on Death Deed Forms:

  • Cass County

Including:

  • Ah Gwah Ching
  • Backus
  • Bena
  • Cass Lake
  • Federal Dam
  • Hackensack
  • Longville
  • Outing
  • Pillager
  • Pine River
  • Remer
  • Swatara
  • Walker

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What is the Minnesota Transfer on Death Deed?

Minnesota's transfer on death deeds are governed by Minn. Stat. 507.071.

Transfer on death deeds are useful estate planning tools for owners of Minnesota real estate. In most cases, when a land owner dies, his/her real property enters the probate system along with the rest of the estate. Some people avoid probate by owning property as joint tenants. The nature of joint tenancy includes the right of survivorship, which, by function of law, automatically distributes a deceased joint tenant's title rights to the surviving tenants. Joint tenants, however, share a current interest in the real property, and all owners must execute any changes or reconveyances. By executing and recording a transfer on death deed instead, owners still avoid the need for probate distribution of that portion of their assets. Transfer on death deeds do NOT pass a current or future interest in the property, so the owner's interests are fully protected while he/she remains alive.

Unlike most other real estate deeds, transfer on death deeds do not convey any rights or interests to the beneficiaries until the grantor owner's death. But, under Minn. Stat. 524.2-702, named beneficiaries must outlive the grantor owners by at least 120 hours to become eligible for the property. The owner retains absolute title to and control over the real property until death. He/she may rent, use, sell or reconvey the land at will, and with no obligation to the beneficiary (Minn. Stat. 507.071, subd. 10). As a result, the beneficiary has no guarantee of any present or future interest in the property. In addition, a "transfer on death deed that is executed, acknowledged, and recorded in accordance with this section is not revoked by the provisions of a will" (subd. 19).

Transfer on death deeds allow flexibility -- in addition to individuals, the grantor owner may "transfer an interest in real property to the trustee of an inter vivos trust even if the trust is revocable, to the trustee of a testamentary trust or to any other entity legally qualified to hold title to real property under the laws of this state" (subd. 9).

Under Minn. Stat. 507.071, transfer on death deeds must:

- convey or assign an interest in real property (subd. 2)

- name one or more grantee beneficiaries (subds. 2 and 4)

- explicitly state that it takes effect at the death of the named grantor owner(s)

- comply with other Minnesota deed requirements including joinder of spouse in conveying homestead (507.02, subd. 2)

- standard recording requirements regarding legibility, recordability, notarization, and original signature (507.24)

- Notice recording statutes (507.34, 508.48, 508A.48)

Ultimately, transfer on death deeds offer a useful alternative for Minnesota land owners who wish to pass property to specific beneficiaries without probate intervention.

NOTE: All actions related to executing, revoking, or otherwise changing a Minnesota transfer on death deed must be submitted for recording in the county where at least part of the land is located, while the grantor owner is alive. (507.071, subd. 8).

Important terms:

Grantor owner: "means an owner named as a grantor in a transfer on death deed upon whose death the conveyance or transfer of the described real property is conditioned" (subd. 1c).

Owner: "means a person having an ownership or other interest in all or part of the real property to be conveyed or transferred by a transfer on death deed" (subd. 1d).

Beneficiary or grantee beneficiary: "means a person or entity named as a grantee beneficiary in a transfer on death deed, including a successor grantee beneficiary" (subd. 1a).

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