How to transfer a house title deed to a wife's name

No matter how well you plan, life has a way of throwing curveballs at you. If you become ill, get married or go through a divorce, you may have to transfer the title deed to your home into your wife's name. Transferring the title to your wife can ensure you don't lose your home if you are sick. It can also be seen as a loving gift. The thought of transferring the deed to your home may sound like a daunting process, but it isn't as complicated as it may sound. All it takes is a visit to the county clerk and a notary public.

Take the deed to a notary public. A notary public is a person or service allowed to witness official acts that do not require court proceedings. They are mainly used to witness affidavits and signatures.

Sign the deed. Both you and your wife will have to sign the deed in the presence of the notary public. The notary public will check the signature against a state-issued or federal ID card to make sure the signature is authentic. Once the notary public has verified the signatures, he will notarise the deed with an official seal.

Register your deed with the county clerk or registrar's office. The county clerk will then change the public record to show your wife as the new owner of the property. The clerk or office will then send you a new copy of the deed reflecting the new owner in the mail.

Tip

Some states may need you to file more paperwork in addition to having the deed signed and notarised. Contact the local county clerk's office to find out what other documentation you may need. Always bring a valid state or federal ID card when visiting a notary public or the county clerk's office. The official will not be able to validate your signature or transfer the deed without this information.

Warning

The notary public and the county clerk's office will charge a fee to notarise and file your deed. Be prepared to pay all fees at the time that the deed is notarised and filed.

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Things Needed

  • Deed/title
  • Notary public

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Sameerah Blue has been writing professionally since 2000. She has been a contributing writer for "Step Magazine," "Rapport Magazine" and "Highland Park News." She is also a writer and editor for the blog Ectomag.com

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