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Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions

If a Property Was Quitclaimed Years Ago to One Child, Can a Will Give Shares to Other Children?

If a real estate property has been properly assigned via Quitclaim Deed to any other person, that property is no longer an asset of the person who gave it away. [ Read More... →]

Last Will and Testament Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  April 1st, 2014

Do I Use a Quitclaim Deed to Transfer a Car Into My Living Trust?

A Quitclaim Deed cannot be used for a vehicle, only real estate property. A vehicle is transferred by vehicle title through the BMV. [ Read More... →]

Living Trust Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  March 24th, 2014

If My Spouse Had a Home and Child Prior to our Marriage, Do I Get the Home If He Dies?

The answer to this question would depend on a number of factors: [ Read More... →]

Last Will and Testament Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  March 17th, 2014

Can an Will’s Executor Use a Quitclaim Deed to Transfer Listed Property?

An Executor has no authority to sign a Quitclaim Deed on behalf of a deceased person. [ Read More... →]

Last Will and Testament Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  March 16th, 2014

If a Home is Owned Jointly and One Person Takes Out a Mortgage That Goes Unpaid, Can the Lender Foreclose on the Entire House?

If payments are missed on a loan that is secured by a mortgage, the lender secured for the mortgage can file a foreclosure action. But the language of the title and the mortgage documents are critical to how the lender may proceed. [ Read More... →]

For Sale by Owner Home Sale Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  January 27th, 2014

If the Grantor is Deceased, Who Signs a Quitclaim Deed?

No one can sign any legal document on behalf a deceased person. [ Read More... →]

Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  January 8th, 2014

How Do I Transfer Assets from my Deceased Parents’ Trust to Myself?

If a Living Trust document allows the property it holds to be distributed to the heirs following the death of the donors, the Trustee named in the Trust would simply execute a Quitclaim Deed transferring title of the property from the Trust to the beneficiary or beneficiaries named in the Trust. [ Read More... →]

Living Trust Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  November 26th, 2013

Can I Change My Mind About Real Estate I Just Sold?

While some states have buyer remorse laws, but there are no ‘seller’s remorse’ statutes. [ Read More... →]

For Sale by Owner Home Sale Questions · Land Contract Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  August 15th, 2013

Does a Property Buyer Have to Honor an Existing Lease in a Short Sale?

A potential buyer or a new owner of a property — be it short sale or standard purchase — must honor an existing lease agreement unless that lease agreement specifically contains a provision for the termination of the lease in the case of sale. [ Read More... →]

For Sale by Owner Home Sale Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  June 7th, 2013

How Does a Wife Take Over a Home Willed to Her When Only the Husband’s Name Was On the Deed?

In most states, a Probate Estate would need to be opened so that the probate court could issue an order transferring title to the sole beneficiaries’ name.

Most states have an expedited or summary process if the assets to be probated are limited.

Last Will and Testament Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  May 22nd, 2013

If a Term Within the Real Estate Sales Agreement is Not Included Within the Deed, Which is Enforced?

This is a complicated legal question, and one that is est answered by an examination of a state’s specific laws. [ Read More... →]

For Sale by Owner Home Sale Questions · Land Contract Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  April 29th, 2013

If I Refinance a Home My Wife Quitclaimed to Me Solely, Does a New Mortgage Void the Quitclaim?

Typically a mortgage and a Deed are handled as separate but related entities in the matter of refinancing. [ Read More... →]

Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  February 26th, 2013

If Multiple Persons Own a Property and One Does Not Wish to Sell, Can the Majority Vote to Sell Anyway?

Absent an agreement amongst all of the owners, a “majority vote” cannot compel the sale of a person’s ownership interest in a property against his or her will.

But there is another option available to move the process forward for all parties. [ Read More... →]

Last Will and Testament Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  January 23rd, 2013

On a Deed Listing My Deceased Father or Myself as Owners, Can I Use the Death Certificate to Revise and Add My Grandson?

Based solely on the information provided, it is difficult to determine how title to the real estate was owned, or how it can be transferred going forward.

Specifically, the “or” language may be at issue. [ Read More... →]

Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  January 16th, 2013

If I Quitclaimed Our House to My Ex-Husband in Divorce, and He Just Died Without a Will, is the Quitclaim Deed Void?

Properly signed and notarized Quitclaim Deeds are generally unaffected by death. [ Read More... →]

Divorce Questions · Last Will and Testament Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  January 11th, 2013

If Our House Was Taken In Lieu of Foreclosure, Do We List the Mortgage as an Unsecured Debt in a Bankruptcy Filing?

When a foreclosure occurs because a loan is in default, the foreclosure lawsuit and ultimate sheriff’s sale “strips” the mortgage(s) from the property, either by paying it off in full or part from the sale proceeds (or in the case of second and third mortgages, by paying a percentage or perhaps none at all).

This is done so that any new purchaser of the property can take ownership free and clear without any encumbrances. [ Read More... →]

Bankruptcy Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  December 21st, 2012

If My Deceased Son’s Wife Left His Children to Remarry, How Can I Remove Her from the Deed to My Estate and Leave Property Only to His Children?

Simply re-draft the Deed to include the names of the three children of the deceased son as Grantees, omitting the name of your child’s ex-spouse. [ Read More... →]

Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  November 15th, 2012

If a Quitclaim Deed is Used to Grant Right-of-Way, Does Ownership of the Designated Land Change?

If the language of a Quitclaim Deed indicates that a right-of-way is being transferred to a Grantee — and the deed does not reserve for the Grantor any right to use the land or cause the Grantor to retain some ownership interest in the right-of-way — then the right-of-way becomes the property of the Grantee upon the filing of the Quitclaim Deed.

Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  November 7th, 2012

If My Husband and I Own Real Estate in a Partnership with Others and I Want Out, Can We Simply Create a Quitclaim Deed?

A completed Quitclaim Deed signed by all of the listed owners of the current deed could certainly be used to transfer the property ownership as desired.

For such a document see, Standard Legal’s Quitclaim Deeds package.

But transferring the property ownership from both spouses to one would not necessarily change the nature of the ownership within the Partnership. [ Read More... →]

Business Partnership Questions · Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  November 5th, 2012

Can I Sell a Property by Quitclaim Deed if One of the Currently Listed Owners is My Estranged Minor Son?

Completing a property sale using a Quitclaim Deed when one of the listed owners of that property is a minor who is not living in the parent’s home is a complicated issue with several variables.

The first issue is the minor’s ability to enter into a binding contract (i.e. the transfer of the property to a third party), as such contracts are voidable by the minor due to his age. But there are additional considerations and potential solutions. [ Read More... →]

Quitclaim and Warranty Deed Questions  ·  October 26th, 2012