Are there limitations on when a bill of sale may be used?

A bill of sale can only be used to transfer personal property that the seller already owns and that is movable, such as motor vehicles, animals like horses or dogs, or household goods. A bill of sale cannot be used to transfer something that the seller does not own or that the seller does not have the legal right to transfer.

When selling real property (real estate), a bill of sale cannot be used. When real estate is transferred, the sale will typically be documented on a quit claim deed or a general warranty deed, although different types of deeds may be used in certain transactions.

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