An Indiana quitclaim deed is a legally binding document that allows a property’s owner to sell or transfer the real estate to another party, a buyer, without any promise about the title.
This is often used when transferring property within a family, removing or adding a spouse to the title, or adding a property to a trust during estate planning.
A quitclaim deed is different than a warranty deed. A warranty deed is only issued once the title has been cleared. An Indiana quitclaim deed does not require a clear title, so it is best to only use this tool when working with buyers and sellers that know and trust one another.
Quitclaim deeds are sometimes called “quit claims deeds,” “quick claims deeds,” or “quit claim deeds” in error. All of these terms refer to the same legal document.
Important Laws & Requirements
- Law: § 32-21-1-15
- Recording: Quitclaim deeds must be filed through the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the property is located. Each county has its own fee schedule, and the deed must be filed with the appropriate fee.
- Signing: § 32-21-2-3 requires grantors to sign Indiana quitclaim deeds in the presence of a Notary Public.
How to Write & File a Quitclaim Deed in Indiana
Step 1: Find your IN quitclaim deed form. Download it to complete on your computer, or print it to complete by hand.
Step 2: Gather the information you need. This includes the name and address of the form’s preparer and the address of the County Recorder where it will be filed.
Step 3: Enter the information about the parties. This includes the name and city of the grantor (seller) and the name of the grantee (buyer). Date the document in day/month/year format. Add the amount paid for the property.
Step 4: Enter the legal description of the property. This can be the legal description found on the current deed. It must include the property’s address.
Step 5: Have the grantor sign the document in the presence of a Notary Public. The Notary Public must also sign the document.
Step 6: List the name and contact information of the preparer of the document.
Step 7: File the document with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. Pay the appropriate filing fee.