Grays Harbor County Special Warranty Deed Form (Washington)

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

Special Warranty Deed Form

Grays Harbor County Special Warranty Deed Form

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included Grays Harbor County compliant document last validated/updated 5/16/2024

Special Warranty Deed Guide

Grays Harbor County Special Warranty Deed Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Grays Harbor County compliant document last validated/updated 3/25/2024

Completed Example of the Special Warranty Deed Document

Grays Harbor County Completed Example of the Special Warranty Deed Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Grays Harbor County compliant document last validated/updated 4/25/2024

When using these Special Warranty Deed forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Grays Harbor County. The executed documents should then be recorded in one of the following offices:

Grays Harbor County Auditor: Recording

100 W Broadway, Suite 2, Montesano, Washington 98563

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am - 12:00 & 12:30 - 4:30pm

Phone: (360) 964-1557

Local jurisdictions located in Grays Harbor County include:

  • Aberdeen
  • Amanda Park
  • Copalis Beach
  • Copalis Crossing
  • Cosmopolis
  • Elma
  • Grayland
  • Hoquiam
  • Humptulips
  • Malone
  • Mccleary
  • Moclips
  • Montesano
  • Neilton
  • Oakville
  • Ocean Shores
  • Pacific Beach
  • Quinault
  • Satsop
  • Taholah
  • Westport

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

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

Can the Special Warranty 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 Grays Harbor County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Grays Harbor County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Washington or Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor County Special Warranty 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 Washington State, title to real property can be transferred from one party to another using a special warranty deed. When recorded, a special warranty deed conveys an interest in real property to the named grantee with limited warranties of title.

Special warranty deeds convey real property in fee simple to the grantee typically with the covenants from the grantor that the property is free from encumbrances made by the grantor and that the grantor will defend the grantee's title against any lawful claim arising by, through, or under the grantor, but none other. This means that the deed will not protect the grantee against title issues that arose prior to the time the grantor acquired title. A special warranty deed is recognizable by the terms "convey and warrant specially."

In addition to meeting all state and local standards for recorded documents, a lawful special warranty deed includes the grantor's full name, mailing address, and marital status, the consideration given for the transfer, and the grantee's full name, marital status, vesting, and mailing address. Vesting describes how the grantee holds title to the property. Generally, real property is owned in either sole ownership or in co-ownership. For Washington residential property, the primary methods for holding title are tenancy in common, joint tenancy, and community property. A conveyance of real estate to two or more persons creates a tenancy in common, unless a joint tenancy is declared (RCW 64-28-010). A conveyance to a married couple is presumed to be community property, unless declared otherwise (RCW 64-28-020, 64-28-040).

As with any conveyance of realty, a special warranty deed requires a complete legal description of the parcel. In Washington, an abbreviated legal description of the property must appear on the first page of the instrument. If the full legal description appears elsewhere in the deed, its located should be indicated on the first page (RCW 65-04-045).

Recite the prior deed reference to maintain a clear chain of title, and detail any restrictions associated with the property. The finished copy of the deed must be signed by the grantor (and his or her spouse, if applicable) and notarized. Record the original completed deed, along with any additional materials, at the recorder or auditor's office of the county where the property is located. Contact the same office to verify recording fees and accepted forms of payment.

In Washington, real estate excise tax is levied based on the amount of consideration. If the transfer is exempt from the excise tax, denote the reason for the exemption on the face of the deed. Find a list of exempt transfers at RCW 458-61A-200 through 217.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Contact a Washington lawyer with any questions related to the transfer of real property.

(Washington SWD Package includes form, guidelines, and completed example)

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