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yes, I gave a deed of gift to someone back in 1996. But I find

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yes, I gave a deed of gift to someone back in 1996. But I find that although their name is XXXXX XXXXX grantee in the deed. There is no]
where on the gift of deed where they signed the document. Is this deed still valid in the state of virginia. I mean maybe the person who you deeded it to does not want the property?

Good morning Brad,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

While a deed must name both the Grantor(s) and the Grantee(s), to be a valid deed, only the Grantor(s) have to sign the deed. It is not necessary for the Grantee(s) to sign it. And, it is not legally necessary for the Grantee(s) to be present at the notarization of the deed by the Notary.

All that needs be done to make the transfer after signing by the Grantor(s) is to file the deed with the local government office that registers land deeds.

If the document has been filed, and they Grantee does not want the property, then they may simply execute a Quit Claim Deed returning the property to the Grantor. And, if the deed itself has never been filed, the Grantee can simply tear up the deed and that will act as a refusal of the transfer.

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