How to Add Names to a Property Deed

by Kristine Tucker ; Updated September 11, 2015
You can add names to a property deed.

Adding names to a property deed can be achieved by completing and submitting a quit claim deed. A quit claim deed legally transfers the ownership of property to another individual. The person who is giving away the property is called the grantor, and the individual who is accepting the property is called the grantee. The grantor may remain on the property deed, but the terms of ownership, warranties and liens on the property are not guaranteed or defined on a quit claim deed.

Hire an attorney to prepare a quit claim deed. Complete the form and have both the grantor and grantee sign it. Download a free quit claim deed at RocketLawyer.com if you do not want to hire a layer. Register with the website and create a free quit claim deed.

Take the completed quit claim deed to a notary public. Have the grantor and grantee sign the quit claim deed in front of the notary. Provide personal picture identification and the original property deed for the notary public to examine.

Ask a witness to sign the quit deed claim if your state requires you to do so. According to MortgageFit.com, a few states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina and Vermont, require the deed to be signed by witnesses other than the notary public to make the quit claim valid.

Send the deed to the land records office in the county where your property is. As MortgageFit.com states, this government office is often called a County Recorder's Office, a County Clerk's Office, a Register of Deeds, or a Land Registry Office depending upon the state where you own the property. The land records office will legally and officially record the quit claim deed.

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As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.

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