Deed Forms in the real estate world deal with the ownership and proprietary rights of any “real property” – meaning fixed property like land, buildings, etc.
The two types of deed forms you’ll be seeing most often are the warranty deeds and the quitclaim deed. While the warranty deeds guarantee the good state of the property, quitclaim deeds do no such thing. Instead, they assume ownership of interests and then formally transfer those interests to a grantee.
It’s the quickest way to legally shift ownership of a house, for example, to a family member. Not sure where to start? These free samples can help. Click to download any of them as free Word documents or PDF files.
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How to Use These Samples (Understanding Deeds)
As you can see from the first sample form, a quitclaim deed can be used to add the name of your spouse to the title you own. They are most common in real estate transactions that don’t involve money.
Quitclaim forms are often used to transfer property rights among family members, specifically in the following cases:
- to hand down property from parent to adult child
- to transfer property rights as a gift from one sibling to another
- to add a spouse to the deed title rights, when newly married
- to shift claims to either spouse if property is jointly owned in marriage but then divorced
But it can also be used in other ways:
- to “cure” a wrong detail in an earlier version of the deed, perhaps a misspelling
- to change the “tenancy” (how the property is owned) between joint owners
- after marriage, to clarify whether a property is now community property or separate property
- and even to buy or sell real estate
Warning (and an Alternative to Quitclaim)
Quitclaims do not contain warranties. If you receive a quitclaim deed from someone who does not actually own legal interest in the property, you acquire basically no value, nor can you have any warranty rights against them.
So if you want to deal in real estate, don’t go with quitclaim. If you are buying, make sure there are Warranty Deed Forms to sign.
Another great option is to use Grant Deed Forms instead. A grant deed functions the same way as a quitclaim – but it also implies some promises, such as if the deed was not granted to anyone else.
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Quitclaim deeds are the fastest way to formally and legally transfer property among people. This is because it does nothing but change the name and ownership on the deed. Thanks to this, quitclaim deeds are also sometimes jokingly referred to as “Quick Claim Deed Forms.”
As long as you understand how it works, and make sure all the details are in place . . .
- address and description of property
- date of transfer
- parties involved
- payment (sometimes)
- tax information and exemptions
- mineral rights
. . . you should have no problem.
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