Do you need a lawyer to file a quitclaim deed?

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Do you need a lawyer to file a quitclaim deed?

Asked on July 5, 2015 under Real Estate Law, New York

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not. You can you file a quit claim on your own. However, should you do it?

While drafting a filing a deed is not overly complex, a simple mistake could invalidate the document. The fact is that it is easy to make errors if you're not familar with real estate terminology and procedures.

You really might want to consider consulting with an attorney in your area. They will best be able to advise you further. If you choose to retain them, they can draft the deed get it recorded for you. You won't have any nagging worries as to whether or not you made any mistakes. To have a lawyer take care of this for you should only cost a few hundred dollars, which is inexpensive compared to the thousands, or more, you'll spend if something goes wrong.


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