What paperwork is needed for an adult child to be added to a property deed?

Elderly parent would like to add her children on her deed.

Asked on September 24, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Adding someone to a house deed requires the filing of a legal form known as a "quitclaim deed". By adding someone via such a deed, a share of the property ownership is transferred to them. The steps to do this are to get a blank quitclaim deed form which can be purchased online (in a form acceptable in your state). When filling it out make sure to include the legal description or assessor's parcel number, list all current owners of the property under the section titled "Grantor", list all current owners again under the section titled "Grantee" including adding the new owner’s legal name under "Grantee" as well, then have all the grantors sign the form in front of a notary and then record the deed at the county clerk's office. Just be aware that if there is an existing mortgage on the home, adding a person to the title of the property without the mortgage company’s knowledge may violate the mortgage terms, so this is something that you must check in advance.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Adding someone to a house deed requires the filing of a legal form known as a "quitclaim deed". By adding someone via such a deed, a share of the property ownership is transferred to them. The steps to do this are to get a blank quitclaim deed form which can be purchased online (in a form acceptable in your state). When filling it out make sure to include the legal description or assessor's parcel number, list all current owners of the property under the section titled "Grantor", list all current owners again under the section titled "Grantee" including adding the new owner’s legal name under "Grantee" as well, then have all the grantors sign the form in front of a notary and then record the deed at the county clerk's office. Just be aware that if there is an existing mortgage on the home, adding a person to the title of the property without the mortgage company’s knowledge may violate the mortgage terms, so this is something that you must check in advance.


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