When anyone needs to verify that they are giving up all interests in a property, they must file a quitclaim deed. In Pierce County, Washington, you can file a quitclaim deed at the the auditor’s office in Tacoma. This office provides record-keeping services for all property property records.
Getting a Quitclaim Form
Download a quitclaim deed form from the Washington Bar Association's website (see Resources). Below the words "when recorded return to," write your name and address. Write the name of the person who is giving up the claim as the grantor. Below that, write down the name and address of the person to whom the claim is being transferred. In the third section, write the legal description of the property and where it is located in Pierce County, Washington. If you have a legal description in a separate document, you can write in the abbreviated legal description and refer to the document and page number where the complete legal description is located. Finally, include the assessor’s tax parcel number. Do not staple or attach any documents directly to the quitclaim form.
Notarizing a Quitclaim Form
Before submitting a quitclaim form, you must have the grantor's signature dated and notarized. There are dozens of notary publics in Tacoma and throughout Pierce County to choose from (see Resources). Have the grantor sign the quitclaim form in front of the notary public, let her notarize it, and pay the required fee.
Submitting a Quitclaim
Take the notarized quitclaim form to the auditor’s office in Pierce County, Washington. The office is located at 2401 South 35th Street, Tacoma, Washington. Tell the clerk you want to file the quitclaim deed and have it recorded. The standard fee is $73 at the time of publication. If there is any missing information on the form, or if there is writing in the margins or any other irregularities, there can be an additional charge of $50.
Once the quitclaim deed has been recorded, it becomes a public record. While the deed doesn't ensure that the person quitting a claim on the property ever owned it, it does ensure that he can't make a future claim on it.