Does a quit claim deed need to be recorded to be valid

My spouse deeded our home from sole
ownership to he wife as joint
tenants. He recently passed away and
the quit claim was not recorded. If it
still valid?

Asked on May 3, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Illinois


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The quitclaim deed needs to be signed in the presence of a notary and recorded (filed with the County Recorder's office).  The quitclaim deed is effective (valid) upon being recorded.
The quitclaim deed releases one's entire right, title and interest in the property.

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