A Louisiana quitclaim deed is a legal document that transfers real property (like a home or commercial building) to another person or entity. It includes information about the property, the buyer (grantee or vendee), the seller (grantor or vendor), and other important terms and conditions of the transfer.
The document only transfers whatever rights the seller has in the property. As such, quitclaim deeds are popular to transfer property between family members, such as adding a spouse or from parent to child.
Laws & Requirements
Statute: Chapter 5 – Proof of Obligations: A property description, including the municipal ID and the address, must be included in the deed. If the property description is unclear, that could lead to problems with the title, chain of title, or the property’s marketability. Real property in Louisiana is also referred to as “immovables.”
Signing Requirements: Louisiana Civil Code Article 1833: The grantor must sign the deed in the presence of two witnesses and before a notary public. Names: Louisiana allows some leeway in typos in names and spelling variations, including the use of nicknames. However, you should ensure that all of this vital information is correct before you file the deed.
Recording Requirements: Louisiana Civil Code Article 517: The deed is only valid to third parties once filed in the parish where the immovable property is. To be validly recorded, provide the deed to the Clerks of Court in the parish where the property is. You may need to mail the deed, but many parishes, like Beauregard Parish, have incorporated eRecording services.
Transfer Tax: No.
Additional Documents: § 9:3198: Sellers must file a property disclosure statement informing buyers of defects or adverse conditions on the premises or property title.
Below is an example of what a Louisiana quitclaim deed looks like.