A Quit Claim Deed Form is a legal document that is used to transfer ownership of a property among family, for example between parents and children or siblings. The form can also be used to add or remove a spouse from the property title as a result of marriage or divorce. Should a former spouse receive the house as part of the divorce settlement, the other partner would need to fill out a Quit Claim Deed Form to remove their interest from the property.
Filling out a Quit Claim Deed in Georgia is pretty simple and here are a few steps to help you understand the process:
- You will need to visit your City or County Clerk of the Court to obtain a blank Quit Claim Deed. You could go online, but going to their office will assure you that you are indeed filling out the most current version of the form, which has already been approved for you to use.
- Make sure that you request a copy of the Subject Property’s Legal Deed of Record. You will need this information in order to complete the Property Description portion of the Quit Claim Deed.
- Type out the Quit Claim Deed. This will prevent any issues due to illegible handwriting that could delay the process or even worse, have you start it all over again. Make sure to schedule a witness to be presents when you have the Grantor (the seller; the person who CURRENTLY owns the property) sign the document and have it notarized. Please note that The City or County Clerk’s Office will not accept the Quit Claim Deed form if the Grantor’s signature was not notarized.
- Once you have the Quit Claim Deed form filled out, Signed by the Grantor, the Witness, and it’s been notarizes, take it to the Clerk of the Court that represents the city or county where the property in question is physically located. If you do not live in the city or town where the property is located, you must travel to the Clerk of the County in the vicinity of the property. Bring your checkbook as someone at The Clerk’s office will inform you what is due at the filing: the amount will included the actual filing fees and any transfer taxes, if you are required to pay them. If you’re traveling, save yourself a second trip by bringing that checkbook.
- If you will be charging for the property, you are required to file transfer tax forms with the Quit Claim Form in Georgia. The Clerk of the County will inform you of the amount you will need to pay.