A Missouri quitclaim deed is a straightforward way to transfer real property without providing any warranties about the property title. Essentially, the grantor relinquishes their interest in the property to the grantee without making any legally binding assurances regarding claims or liens against the property. This type of deed is commonly employed in situations such as divorce or property transfers among family members.
Laws & Requirements
Statute: Chapter 442 Titles and Conveyance of Real Estate: Missouri statutes don’t provide a sample quitclaim deed, but including the term “quitclaim” is recommended for clarity. Also, note § 442.130 requires the grantor’s marital status to be specified if they are an individual.
Signing Requirements: § 442.130: The grantor’s signature must be notarized, while witnesses are not obligatory for a quitclaim deed. Another authorized officer can also acknowledge the grantor’s signature.
Recording Requirements: § 442.400: A quitclaim deed should be recorded with the County Recorder of Deeds. This process requires payment of a recording fee. Additionally, under § 59.310, specific formatting guidelines must be met, such as using one-sided printed pages, legible font, proper paper weight, and margins, among other requirements.
Transfer Tax: No
Additional Documents: Some counties, like Boone County, require that a cover page be included with the deed recording.
Below is an example of what a Missouri quitclaim deed looks like.