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How does one file a quitclaim deed in Cook County?

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To file a quitclaim deed in Cook County, Ill., fill out the name and address of the grantor and a description of the property. Have the form notarized, and submit the deed to one of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds offices, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

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When filing a quitclaim deed, both the person giving away the property and the person receiving the title must sign the deed before it is notarized and submitted for recording. When the quitclaim deed is submitted to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office, the filer must pay a recording fee, which is $40 for the first page and $2 for each additional page, as of 2014, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Once payment is received and documents are submitted with appropriate signatures, addresses and a notary stamp, the quitclaim deed is recorded. The Cook County Recorder of Deeds assumes the original deed initially, but mails the stamped original deed back after it has been filed.

The quitclaim deed is one of the least common deeds filed because it provides the least amount of protection for the buyer, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. A quitclaim only releases the interest the grantor has in the property and does not warrant possession or title.

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