This page will tell you the types of forms we provide (depending on your situation), and the costs we request to be reimbursed for each form.
A Quitclaim Deed is a legal instrument that is used when someone wishes to “quit” (give up) his or her interest in a piece of property. If all of the owners listed on the current deed are alive and able to sign a document transferring ownership of the property to the new owners, this is the form we will use.
(Another alternative to a Quitclaim Deed, for older owners, is a “Ladybird Deed”. You can read about it here: LINK)
Cover Sheet & Death Certificate
In a case where one of the owners has died, and the property passes by law to the other owner (such as when the original deed uses some verbiage that indicates marriage, or when the phrase “joint tenants with rights of survivorship” is used), we will simply record a certified copy of the death certificate (which you will provide) of the deceased owner, along with a cover sheet indicating the legal description of the unit/week.
Quitclaim deed & Death Certificate
If one of the owners has died and the property passes by law to the other owner (as above), AND the remaining owner wishes to either transfer the property to another party or add an additional owner to the title, then we will prepare a quitclaim deed to be recorded with the certified copy of the death certificate that you will provide.
Continuous Marriage Affidavit & Death Certificate
If the owners of the unit/week were married at the time the property was purchased, and were still married at the time one of them passed away, but the original deed doesn’t specify that they were married, then we will prepare a sworn affidavit indicating this, along with the legal description of the property, and record it for you along with a certified copy of the death certificate that you will provide.
Quitclaim Deed, continuous Marriage Affidavit, and Death Certificate
If the owners of the property were married but this is not reflected on the original deed, and the remaining owner wishes to either transfer the property to someone else or add an additional owner, we will prepare a quitclaim deed and a continuous marriage affidavit, both of which will be recorded with the certified copy of the death certificate that you will provide.
Prices assume that a Quitclaim Deed, Cover Sheet, and Death Certificate are all one page each, and a Continuous Marriage Affidavit is two pages. Recording of additional pages is $12.50 per page.
All prices include preparation of documents, postage to mail them to you, postage for you to return them to us*, recording costs, document fees when applicable, copies of the documents for our files, additional copies of documents for your files when applicable, and postage to send the originals and copies to you. There are no “hidden fees” involved in our costs — you always pay one fee, up front, and we never come back and ask for more money to cover “extras”. (NOTE: If your Notary Public adds an additional page to your document for his/her Notarial Attestation, you will be charged the additional cost to record that extra page.)
* Unfortunately, if you live outside the U.S., we cannot provide postage on self-addressed envelopes we send to you, so this would be an additional cost on your end. This balances out with our paying additional postage to send and return documents to you, however, so there are no discounts. :o)