Lancaster County Grant Deed Form (Pennsylvania)

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

Grant Deed Form

Lancaster County Grant Deed Form

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included Lancaster County compliant document last validated/updated 5/23/2024

Grant Deed Guide

Lancaster County Grant Deed Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Lancaster County compliant document last validated/updated 1/25/2024

Completed Example of the Grant Deed Document

Lancaster County Completed Example of the Grant Deed Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Lancaster County compliant document last validated/updated 5/20/2024

When using these Grant Deed forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Lancaster County. The executed documents should then be recorded in the following office:

Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds

50 North Duke St / PO Box 1478, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17608-1478

Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday / Recording until 4:30pm

Phone: (717) 299-8238

Local jurisdictions located in Lancaster County include:

  • Adamstown
  • Akron
  • Bainbridge
  • Bart
  • Bausman
  • Bird In Hand
  • Blue Ball
  • Bowmansville
  • Brownstown
  • Christiana
  • Columbia
  • Conestoga
  • Denver
  • Drumore
  • East Earl
  • East Petersburg
  • Elizabethtown
  • Elm
  • Ephrata
  • Gap
  • Goodville
  • Gordonville
  • Holtwood
  • Hopeland
  • Intercourse
  • Kinzers
  • Kirkwood
  • Lampeter
  • Lancaster
  • Landisville
  • Leola
  • Lititz
  • Manheim
  • Marietta
  • Martindale
  • Maytown
  • Millersville
  • Mount Joy
  • Mountville
  • Narvon
  • New Holland
  • New Providence
  • Paradise
  • Peach Bottom
  • Penryn
  • Pequea
  • Quarryville
  • Reamstown
  • Refton
  • Reinholds
  • Rheems
  • Ronks
  • Silver Spring
  • Smoketown
  • Stevens
  • Strasburg
  • Talmage
  • Terre Hill
  • Washington Boro
  • West Willow
  • Willow Street
  • Witmer

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?

Immediately after you submit payment, the Lancaster 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 provided to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance. Forms are NOT emailed to you.

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 Lancaster County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Lancaster County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Lancaster 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 Lancaster County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Lancaster County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Pennsylvania or Lancaster 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 Lancaster 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.

In Pennsylvania, title to real property can be transferred from one party to another by executing a grant deed, but the state does not include an official form in the statutes. Use a grant deed to transfer a fee simple interest with covenants that the title is free of any encumbrances (except for those stated in the deed) and that the grantor holds an interest in the property and is free to convey it. The word "grant" in the conveyancing clause typically signifies a grant deed.

A lawful grant deed includes the grantor's full name, mailing address, and marital status; the consideration given for the transfer; and the grantee's full name, mailing address, marital status, and vesting. Vesting describes how the grantee holds title to the property. Generally, real property is owned in either sole ownership or in co-ownership. For Pennsylvania residential property, the primary methods for holding title are tenancy in common, joint tenancy, and tenancy by entirety. A conveyance of real estate to two or more persons creates a tenancy in common, unless otherwise stated (68 Pa.C.S. Section 110). A tenancy by entirety is available for spouses, and must be explicitly stated. In Pennsylvania, any property acquired by either spouse while married is presumed to be marital property "regardless of whether title is held individually or by the parties in some form of co-ownership" (23 Pa.C.S. Section 3501). Consult a lawyer for guidance on marital property implications.

As with any conveyance of realty, a grant deed requires a complete legal description of the parcel. Recite the prior deed reference to maintain a clear chain of title, and detail any restrictions associated with the property. Finally, the form must meet all state and local standards for recorded documents. The completed deed must be signed by the grantor (and his or her spouse, if applicable) in the presence of a notary.

All deeds in Pennsylvania require a certificate of residence. This certificate ensures the accuracy of the information used for updating the billing address for property tax bills and assessment notices, and should contain addresses recognized by the USPS. Enter the full name and mailing addresses of both the grantee and the tax bill recipient. The certificate must be signed by the grantee or the grantee's agent.

Any deed pertaining to an interest in real property for which a coal severance applies requires a notice pursuant to 52 Pa.C.S. 1551 (as part of the Conveyance Document Notice of Coal or Surface Support Severance Law). Any deed pertaining to an interest in real property situated in a Pennsylvania county in which bituminous coal has been found and separately assessed for taxation requires an additional notice signed by the grantee pursuant to 52 Pa.C.S. 1406.14 (as part of the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act). Note on the face of the deed whether the instrument requires either notice. Contact a lawyer to review the specific situation and ensure the deed contains all required notices.

Pennsylvania levies a Realty Transfer Tax based on the consideration paid, which is due upon recording. If the transfer is exempt from the tax, state the reason for the exemption on the face of the deed. See 61 Pa.C.S. 91.193(6) for a list of exemptions.

All deeds require a Statement of Value Form. Some counties require multiple copies. Contact the recorder for more information. Deeds falling under the jurisdiction of more than one municipality must stipulate the division of transfer taxes.

Some Pennsylvania counties require that deeds be submitted to the assessor prior to recording. Contact the local recording office to verify correct recording procedure. Record the original completed deed, along with any additional materials, at the Recorder of Deeds' office in the county where the property is located. (The City of Philadelphia handles recording for property in city limits.)

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Contact a lawyer with questions about grant deeds, or for any other issues related to the transfer of real property in Pennsylvania.

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