How to Add a Person to a Property Deed as a Joint Owner


The deed to a piece of property documents changes in ownership. The type of deed and language within that deed dictate the legal terms under which the conveyance took place. Generally, a deed will list the grantors, who are the owners selling their rights to the property, and the grantees, those parties receiving ownership rights. Once an individual owns property, he has the right to grant others ownership. This can be accomplished by using a quitclaim deed. Percentage of ownership and other stipulations can be outlined with this deed, along with specific terms of vesting.

Things You'll Need

  • Attorney
  • Quitclaim deed
  • Notary pubic

Contact a real estate attorney to prepare the quitclaim deed. The attorney will review the current property deed. If all owners agree to add the additional owner or owners, the attorney can proceed.

Review the quitclaim deed for accuracy. All names and addresses should be correct. Additionally, the legal description of the property should match the previous deed's version of the legal description.

Sign the deed in the presence of a notary public. The notary must act as a witness to the signatures, then endorse the acknowledgment section on the deed.

Submit the deed to the recorder of deeds for the proper county. The recorder may also be called, the register of deeds, clerk of court or judge of probate depending on which state you reside in. There will be a fee charged to record the deed.

Obtain a certified copy of the deed to keep for personal records. The original deed will be returned to the specific person mentioned as the return to contact once it has been recorded.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although templates for quitclaim deeds are readily available on the Internet, it is best to use an attorney to prepare the deed. She will be able to ensure that the deed meets state recording requirements. Additionally, the attorney will be able to best advise on tenancy vesting terms for the new owner.

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