Marriage and illness are examples of situations where you may want to add someone's name to the deed of your property. Adding someone's name to your property title can ensure you don't lose your property in case of illness. It can also help protect your partner's investment. Adding a name to a deed is a simple process that can be done at the county clerk's office.
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Things you need
Write an affidavit saying that you want to make the other person a part owner of your property. An affidavit is a statement that declares your intentions. You can write the affidavit yourself or you can hire an attorney to go through the process with you.
Sign the deed. Both you and the person you want to add to the deed will have to sign the title.
Meet with a notary public. The notary public will verify that the signatures on the deed and the affidavit are valid by comparing them to the signature on a valid state or federal ID. Once she validates the signatures, she will notarise the deed and the affidavit with an official seal.
Go to the county clerk's office to file the deed. The county clerk will make the new deed a part of the public record. He will then send you a copy of the new deed in the mail.
Tips and warnings
- Some states may require more documentation to add someone to your deed. Contact the county clerk's office to find out what kind of documentation you may need.
- While the county clerk's office and notary public are public services, there is often a fee associated with using these services. Check with your county clerk's office and notary public to find out what the fees are.
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