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The Complete Guide to Quit Claim Deeds

The quitclaim deed is a type of legal document used to transfer interest in real estate from one person or entity (grantor) to another (grantee). Unlike other real estate deeds, it conveys only the interest the grantor has at the time of the deed's execution and does not guarantee that the grantor actually owns the property or has good title.

Without warranties, it offers the grantee little or no recourse against the seller if a problem with the title arises in the future. This lack of protection makes a quitclaim deed unsuitable when purchasing real estate from an unknown party. It is, however, a useful instrument when conveying property from one family member or spouse to another, and it is commonly used in divorce proceedings or for estate planning purposes.

Title companies may require a quit claim deed in order to clear up what they consider to be a cloud on the title prior to issuing title insurance. Similarly, prior to funding a loan, lenders may ask someone who is not going to be on a loan, such as a spouse, to complete and record a deed quitclaiming their interest.

Common Uses For Quitclaim Deeds:

  • Real Estate Transfers Between Family Members. Quit claims are often used to transfer property to and from family members. Transfers between parents and children, between siblings, and between other closely related family members are easily done with this type of deed.
  • Adding Or Removing A Spouse From Title. Whether resulting from a divorce or a marriage, a real estate owner can use a quit claim deed to add a spouse to or remove a spouse from the title of the property.
  • Transferring Real Estate To An LLC Or Corporation. With holding of real estate in the protection of LLC's and Corporations becoming more common, so are quit claim deeds. Corporate transfers are usually done with this type of deed as it is generally a transfer between closely related entities.
  • Transferring Real Estate To A Trust. As with corporate transfers of real estate, transfers to a Trust are equally common. Family planning that deals with property meant to carry on through generations often involves an initial transfer from a family member into a trust.
  • Removing A Cloud On Title For Title Insurance. In the process of insuring title to real estate title companies may find a "cloud" in the title. Generally this means that there appears to be someone may or may not have an interest in a property that has not been accounted for and it is causing a break in the chain of title. It is common for the company insuring the title to require the person in question to quit claim their interest in the property prior to issuing the title insurance.

Creating a Quitclaim:

  • Preparing the document.
    • You can create the document from scratch
    • A fill in the blank type form can be used
    • An attorney can be hired to prepare the document for you
  • Signatures.
    • Almost every quitclaim deed will need to have the grantor sign
    • Some states require the grantee to sign
    • A few states require witnesses
    • In most cases the grantor's signature will need to be notarized
  • Delivery and acceptance.
    • In order for the quitclaim to be valid it will need to be delivered to AND accepted by the grantee. There is very little in the way of guidelines as to what constitutes delivery and acceptance. It is a good idea for the grantor to get something in writing from the grantee stating that they have received and accepted the quitclaim document.
    • Once the completed quit claim deed has been signed by all required signers, delivered to and accepted by the grantee, it is considered executed.
  • Recording.
    • The final step in the quitclaim process is generally the recording of the executed document by the grantee.
    • It is not always required for the document to be recorded in order to be valid however it is almost always required in order for the document to be binding on third parties.
    • The recording of the document is done at the recorder's office where the property is located.

Elements of a Quitclaim Form

While each County has specific formatting requirements for the recording of documents there are main elements that are common to all real estate deeds.

  • Title. The title of a legal document tells the world what type of document it is. In this case the title is "Quit Claim Deed"
  • Executed Date. This is the date that the legal document was completed, signed, and executed.
  • Grantor. This is the person or persons that is transferring their rights to the real estate to someone else. The term "person" can refer to a natural person, an LLC, a Partnership, a Corporation, a Trust or Trustee, or any other entity that can legally own real estate.
  • Grantee. This is the person that is receiving the rights to the real estate that are being transferred. Again here, the term "person" refers to any entity that can legally own real estate.
  • Habendum. This is the meat of the deed, the legal speak which actually transfers the rights to the property. Generally it is a phrase similar to: "...does hereby remise, release and quitclaim unto the said Grantee forever, all the right, title, interest and claim which the said Grantor has in and to the following described parcel of land, and improvements and appurtenances thereto..."
  • Consideration. This is what the Grantee gives to the Grantor in return for the rights to the property. While in some cases a deed may be enforceable without consideration it certainly muddies the water. It's a good idea to check with a tax accountant before transferring real estate with a "no consideration" or "gift" deed as there may be tax issues.
  • Legal Description. Here is where the description of the property being transferred is listed. The format of the legal description varies from state to state. The types of legal descriptions are: metes and bounds, rectangular survey, and lot and block. The "lot and block" legal description is the most common however it depends on your state. A typical lot and block description looks like: "QCD SUBDIVISION, 2ND AMD, LOT 112 BLOCK 3".
  • Signatures. Most states require only the Grantor to sign the deed and for it to be delivered to the Grantee for it to be valid. Grantor's signatures usually must be notarized and in some rare cases separate witnesses must also witness the Grantor signing.
  • Prepared By. This section lets the world know who prepared the deed. Generally this is the Grantor or an attorney.
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