In Arizona as in other states, a quitclaim deed is used to transfer or release ownership of real estate. In order to be effective, the quitclaim must be signed in the presence of a notary by the person transferring or releasing his ownership interest. This is a common practice in divorces or other efforts to clear title to property. The person benefiting from the quitclaim must file the deed with the county recorder's office in order for it to be effective. Preparing and filing a quitclaim deed in Arizona may also require filing an affidavit of property value, unless an exemption applies.
Obtain a blank quitclaim deed form that is used in Arizona, which may be available for downloading from your county recorder's website, such as Greenlee County's (see References for a link). Forms also are available from an office supply store or a title company.
Fill in the top part of the form under the preprinted phrase "when recorded mail to" with the identifying information for the person who is benefiting from the quitclaim deed – i.e., the person to whom the property is being quitclaimed. This ensures that the quitclaim deed is returned to the proper person after it is recorded and that future property tax bills are sent to right person.
Fill in the name of the person quitclaiming the property after the preprinted phrase: “KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: That I (we) …” Fill in the name of the person benefiting from the quitclaim after the preprinted phrase "…hereby remise, release and quitclaim to ..." The county name and state should be inserted in the spaces where indicated.
Insert the property's legal description in the area above the signature lines. Double-check the legal description to ensure its accuracy. An inaccurate legal description will cause difficulty in transferring the property in the future.
Take the filled-out quitclaim deed to a notary public and have the person quitclaiming the property sign the deed in the notary's presence. The deed cannot be filed with the county recorder's office unless it is notarized.
Take the original quitclaim form to the county recorder's office for filing. The recorder will require a filing fee to be paid before it is accepted for recording. The fee may vary somewhat among counties. Most county recorder websites will have the fee information available.
If your quitclaim deed is part of a transaction in which there is more than a nominal payment or other consideration, you may have to file an affidavit of property value along with the quitclaim deed. The affidavit assists the county tax assessor in valuing the property for property tax purposes.