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Is a lawyer required for a real estate deed transfer?

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While a lawyer is not necessary in a real estate deed transfer, he is required if the parties involved are not familiar with the deed transfer process in order to help them avoid mistakes. In the absence of a lawyer, the parties to the deed transfer must be cautious and attentive to detail to ensure that they preserve their interests and rights in the process.

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To transfer the real estate deed without an attorney, the grantee to the transfer starts by obtaining a copy of the deed at the county recorder's office. He verifies the deed information, including the owner's name, address and tax assessment number, and the property's legal description. The parties then obtain a deed transfer form from the office of the county clerk or local office supply store. Alternatively, the form can be obtained online. Once the form is obtained, both the grantor and the grantee fill in their information, leaving the space for their signatures unfilled.

Once the form is filled, the parties take the form to the office of the county recorder. Accompanying the unsigned form should be the identification documents of both parties. The two parties append their signatures to the form before the county clerk, who then records the deed. Alternatively, the parties can obtain another notary and sign the form in his presence before recording the deed.

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