In Alabama, a quitclaim deed (also known as a quit claim deed) is a legal document that transfers the ownership and interest of a property in an expeditious manner from one person to the next. This document is often used when a property is being transferred between family members or in situations of divorce where a property is being transferred from both spouses to only one. A Quitclaim deed prevents a grantor (the person transferring the property) from coming back at a later time and claiming an interest in the property. It’s important to note that a quitclaim deed does not prove ownership, but simply prevents the person who’s giving up their ownership rights from coming back and claiming any rights to the property.
Alabama Law has numerous laws that guide quitclaim deeds. For example, Alabama Law (§ 35-4-271) dictates that a quitclaim deed may not contain language that uses terms like “grant”, “bargain”, or “sell”. The law also directs that a quitclaim deed must be filed with the office of the county judge of probate, along with any fees due (§ 34-5-50). As far as the document’s signing, Alamaba Law dictates that a quitclaim deed must be notarized by a certified Notary Public or signed by two (2) witnesses (§ 35-4-20).