An Alabama quitclaim deed is a document that a real estate owner (the grantor) can use to pass their property ownership to another person (the grantee) without a title search. The form does not give the grantee any promise or warranty about the grantor’s property ownership.
Laws & Requirements
Statute: Alabama Code Section 35-4-271: Alabama does not allow specific terminology, making it clear that words like “grant,” “bargain,” or “sell” create an implied warranty of title and cannot be used in a quitclaim deed. Instead, “quitclaim and convey,” “release and quitclaim,” or similar language should be used. The deed must also include a statement of the grantor’s marital status.
Signing Requirements: Alabama Code Section 35-4-20: The grantor’s signature must be notarized in the presence of two witnesses. Acknowledging the signature by a notary public is also sufficient.
Recording Requirements: Alabama Code Section 35-4-50: A quitclaim deed should be recorded with the County Probate Judge’s office in the county where the property is located. Before filing, double-check the county-specific forms and filing fees.
Transfer Tax: Yes (exemptions may apply).
Below is an example of what an Alabama quitclaim deed looks like.