After you submit your order form, we will email you an invoice for the upfront payment of $200. Once this is paid in full, we begin preparing your deed. This processes typically takes between one and two weeks.
Deeds prepared via free templates or without an attorney involved are prone to mistakes that have costly consequences later. Deeds are complex legal documents that require expertise to ensure the title is handled accurately and successfully. It is recommended that an attorney is involved in any property transfer.
Recorded deeds are public record; therefore, anyone can request a hard or digital copy for a fee. You can access your deed by contacting the county recording office in which the property is located. Most counties provide an online records database that you can use to search and obtain copies of documents. You can also use a private deed retrieval service, local title company, or an abstractor to locate a copy. Fees can range from a couple of dollars if through government websites up to twenty/thirty dollars if using a private website.
Minor mistakes such as incomplete names, the omission of marital status or name misspellings can often be fixed with a scrivener’s affidavit or corrective deed. However, some states require you to record a new deed for more significant issues such as incorrect legal descriptions or other material errors. Reach out to your title company or a real estate attorney to determine the proper way to address any mistakes.
All changes to a deed require the recording of a new deed to reflect the changes. Once a deed has been recorded, it cannot be edited or changed. Most commonly, a quitclaim deed is used in situations where name changes, removals or additions are needed.
You can obtain a hard or digital copy of your deed from your local county records office for a fee. This certified copy will hold the same legal clout as the original deed. (see FAQ ‘How do I obtain a copy of my deed or other relevant documents about my property?’ for more info)
It is common practice to remove a deceased spouse or owner from the title. Removing the name from the deed clears the title and allows new owners to handle the property. The steps to remove the name vary depending on the type of title held by the past owner. It is recommended that the surviving owner contact a real estate attorney or title company to determine what is required.
Failure to record a property deed comes with legal risks and is not recommended. A completed and notarized deed does not need to be recorded to transfer title to the new owner legally. However, recording the deed is a requirement in all states and offers both old and new owner(s) legal protections. Without a properly recorded deed, the new owner may have issues selling the property again, refinancing a mortgage or proving ownership of the property.