A deed is a legal document that states who owns a piece of property. We’ve got articles, blog posts, podcasts, and videos with information for your questions about who owns the property, transferring deeds and quit claim deeds.
Who is responsible for recording a deed? This reader wants to know how a home can be titled in the previous homeowners' names 20 years after the sale. Q: I’m writing to you regarding your column relating to when you get a tax bill for a home you no longer own. There is actually a [...]
What are my rights if my name is on a deed? My father put my name on the deed to his home but when he died his widow sold the house without me, now what? Q: Before my father died he added my name to the deed on his house which was mortgage free. He [...]
How to fix an error on your home deed: Even if the home deed error seems minimal, spend time to correct the error quickly. Q: My deed contains an error. Instead of one of the property lines being described as running "south westerly 146 feet,” it reads "south easterly 146 feet." For purposes of selling [...]
When someone passes away without a will, it’s difficult to determine who the deed will be transferred to. Q: My aunt left me her house when she passed away but she didn't have a will and we didn't have any papers signed to state that she wanted me to have it. She told my cousin [...]
A woman tries to reclaim assets after her father's death. Before dying he lived with his mother and gave her power of attorney to handle his affairs. The woman says her grandmother passed on a car and house when the father left them to her (his daughter). What can the woman do to get the car and the house back? What rights did the power of attorney give to the grandmother?
Can you use a transfer on death (TOD) deed to transfer title to a mobile or manufactured home? Using a TOD deed to transfer title depends on whether you own the land on which the mobile home sits and on your state's laws. Transfer on death deeds are an easy and inexpensive way to transfer title of a property.
Can a daughter's name be added to the deed of her home since the daughter has started to make mortgage payments for her parents? While it may seem like a good short-term solution, there are many implications to the daughter assuming the mortgage. How can they protect both the parents and the daughter in the transaction? There have been incidents where the children assuming the mortgage have evicted their parents. Another option is to add the daughter's name to the house deed in addition to the names of the parents.
We've recently been working on several stories about transfer on death deeds for real estate. A TOD deed allows you to transfer the title of a propert...
In simple terms, a quitclaim deed transfers any interest a person may have in the property without making any representations as to whether that person owns the home or not. A warranty deed performs the same task but gives the buyer (or person receiving the title) a representation that the person signing the deed and conveying a property has an interest in that property to convey. Most people use quitclaim deeds to transfer title between themselves. Sometimes, and for obscure title insurance purposes, it may be better to use a warranty deed.