Instructions for a Quit Claim Deed in Ohio

By Teo Spengler - Updated March 31, 2017

To use a quitclaim deed in Ohio, fill in a quitclaim deed form and sign it in front of a notary. If you're married, your spouse must sign the Dower Waiver release form. Pay transfer taxes and record the document at the county recorder's office where the property is located.

Ohio Quitclaim Deed

A quitclaim deed is a legal document you use to convey an interest in real property. Some people mistakenly call it an Ohio "quick" claim deed, but the deed name comes from the fact that the grantor quits his claim to the property. Ohio warranty deeds guarantee the property title; a quitclaim deed does not. It simply transfers whatever interest the grantor may have in the real property to another person.

If it turns out that the grantor does not have any interest in the property, the grantee gets nothing from the deed. Because of this, there is a risk to accepting a quitclaim deed from a stranger. However, quitclaim deeds are easy and effective ways to transfer property interests between family members or between co-owners. Often they are used for gift transactions or to transfer property from one spouse to the other after a divorce.

Ohio Quitclaim Deed Form

Obtain an Ohio quitclaim deed form from the county recorder's office or download one from an online source. It is a simple, one-page document identifying the grantor, the grantee and the property. All deeds recorded in Ohio must reference the prior deed for the property by volume and number. The county recorder's office will provide that information.

In Ohio, a spouse has legal rights called dower rights in any property you own. In order for you to quitclaim your interest, your spouse must sign the Dower Waiver portion of the quitclaim deed, agreeing to give up any dower rights in the real property. Both of you should sign the deed form in front of a notary. For many years, Ohio required two witnesses, but that is no longer the case.

Ohio counties charge a property transfer tax. Find out how much the tax will be and whether you qualify for any exemptions. Pay the tax or claim an exemption with the county auditor, then get the auditor's stamp to show that you have dealt with the tax issue. Pay the county recording fees, then record the quitclaim deed at the county recorder's office.

About the Author

Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.

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