Washington Quitclaim Deed Form 1 - Free Download
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Quitclaim Deeds and Life Estates
What is a Quitclaim Deed
All real estate transactions must be in
A quitclaim deed is one way to transfer real
property such as:
• A house or
• Land or
• Certain mobile homes.
The person who transfers the property by
selling it or making a gift of it is called the
“Grantor.” The person the property is
transferred to is the “Grantee.”
A Quitclaim deed is different from other
types of deeds. The Grantor of a Quitclaim
deed makes no guarantee or promises that
the property is free of debt. Also, with a
Quitclaim deed the Grantor makes no
promises that no one else claims to own
The Quitclaim deed says, in effect, that the
Grantor is signing over whatever ownership
interest he or she may have in the property.
It does not even guarantee that the Grantor
has any ownership interest at all.
Before transferring any property, talk to a
lawyer. Find out all the possible
consequences of the transfer in your
Once you sign a Quitclaim deed and give it
to the Grantee, the transfer is final. You no
longer own the property.
What if I want my property back
after I sign the form
If you change your mind later and decide
you want to keep the property, it may be
impossible or very hard to undo the deed
unless the Grantee agrees to Quitclaim the
property back to you.
If the Grantee refuses to Quitclaim the
property back to you, you would have to
prove that the transfer was invalid.
Examples: You signed the deed under
threats or other extreme pressure, or you
signed it due to lies the Grantee told you.
You may have to hire a lawyer to invalidate
the transfer. That can be very expensive. It
may not work.
Do not sign the quitclaim deed if you feel
threatened or RUSHED OR under pressure
to sign it. Do not sign the deed if you feel
the person you are giving the property to
may be lying about something related to
the property, or your ability to continue
A Quitclaim deed is nearly impossible to
undo once it has been signed and delivered
to the Grantee. It is very important to talk
to a lawyer before you sign the deed.
What if I was lied to or tricked into
Signing a Quitclaim Deed
If someone tricks you into signing a
Quitclaim deed, they may be found guilty of
theft by deception in the first degree, a
class B felony. This kind of felony is
punishable by up to ten years in prison, up