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General Warranty Deed Checklist

Step 1: Gather Information

As you complete your general warranty deed, you will need to provide certain relevant information. This includes the names and addresses of all the parties involved, the legal description of the property, the sale price (if any), and other basic transaction information.

Step 2: Answer Key Questions

Use the information you collected to complete the general warranty deed. We make this easy by guiding you each step of the way and helping you to customize your deed to match your specific needs. The questions and information we present to you dynamically change depending on your answers and the state selected. Click below to get started.

Step 3: Review and Sign

It is always important to read your deed thoroughly to ensure it matches your needs and is free of errors and omissions. After completing the questionnaire, you can make textual changes to your deed by downloading it in Microsoft Word. If no changes are needed, you can simply download the PDF version and sign. These downloads are available by navigating to the Documents section of your account dashboard.

In most counties, only the person transferring title (called the “Grantor”) will need to sign the deed. A few counties also require the party receiving title (called the “Grantee”) to sign it.

All signings must be done in front of notary, and your state or county may require additional witnesses as well. For property sales, this is normally done at closing with the escrow agent.

Step 4: File the Deed in the County Public Records

Filing the deed in the public records is required to protect the transaction and the new owner. The office that manages this is usually located in the county courthouse. Common names for this office include the County Clerk’s Office, County Recorder’s Office, Land Registry Office, or Register of Deeds. There is often a small fee per page filed. The clerk will normally stamp the deed, make a copy, and give the original deed back to you.

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