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Good evening. Quit claim deeds are valid in Texas. It's just that a quit claim deed is pretty much worthless. A quitclaim deed conveys any title, interest, or claim of the grantor in the real property, but it does not profess that the title is valid nor does it contain any warranty or covenants of title. Thus, a quitclaim deed does not establish title in the person holding the deed, but merely passes whatever interest the grantor has in the property. When a person signs a Quitclaim Deed, he is essentially saying, "I don't promise that I own any interest in this land, but if I do I surrender it." Compare this to language in a Warranty Deed, where the seller "grants, sells and conveys the property to the buyer ... to have and to hold it ... forever, and binds seller and seller's heirs to warrant and forever defend the property to the buyer.
Given that, I would suggest you transfer title by a special warranty deed. It is no more expensive than a quit claim deed...just a bit different language. It needs to be witnessed, notarized, and then recorded in the local real property records where the property is located. You can do that all by yourself and then you're finished!
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Oh...I'm sorry..I forgot about that....all she needs to do is put on the deed her name as follows:
[Her Name Now] formerly [Her Name Originally], as Grantor
That will be good...I'll look for your reminder. I've got my hands full at the moment...two developments here in Houston and two in SC. :)
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