By Rachel Brand
If you want to add your new spouse or family member as part owner of your home or transfer your interest in real property, you’ll likely use a Colorado quitclaim (or “quit claim”) deed. A quitclaim deed is a legal form that changes ownership on a property’s title. The person transferring the interest is the grantor. The person or organization receiving the interest is the grantee.
How to file a quitclaim deed
You can obtain a quitclaim deed from Bradford Publishing. You’ll need to sign it in front of a notary and get a notary’s signature. You will write the grantee’s name on the quitclaim deed, although in Colorado, the grantee does not sign the deed. Finally, you need file the deed in the office of the County Clerk and Recorder in the county where the property is located.
Avoiding common errors
Unfortunately, when quitclaim deeds reach the County Assessor’s Office, they can be rejected. The most common problems, according to a representative from the Larimer County Assessor’s Transfer Department, are:
1) The Colorado quitclaim deed lacks a legal description. The property’s legal description is not the address; it is the lot, block and subdivision name. You can find the legal description on your annual property tax bill or online at the county Assessor’s office. Make sure to use the legal description on the current property deed – if it includes special information, include that too.
Although many property descriptions are only a few lines long, some may run a page or more in length. In this case, you can either attach a piece of paper containing the property description to the deed – and put a “see attached legal description” note on the deed itself – or you can use a quitclaim deed with an extra long space for the property description.
2) The grantor’s name doesn’t match the name attached to the property in the records. This situation arises when the grantor marries (or divorces) and changes her name, and uses her new name on the quitclaim deed.
This problem can be solved by using “also known as.” For instance, you can write, “Mrs. Jones A.K.A Mrs. Smith” in the grantor section of your quitclaim deed.
For more information about quitclaim deeds, check out Bradford Publishing’s guide, “Understanding Colorado Quitclaim and Warranty Deeds.”