California Quitclaim Deed

California Quitclaim Deed

Transfer property in California quickly and easily using this simple legal form. You can use a quitclaim deed to:

  • transfer property to or from a revocable living trust
  • transfer property to one spouse as part of a divorce
  • transfer one co-owner’s interests to another co-owner
  • transfer property you own by yourself into co-ownership with someone else
  • change the way owners hold title to the property
  • and more

Includes Declarations of Exemption from Documentary Transfer Tax forms.

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Legally transfer property in California with this simple form

Using a quitclaim deed is a common and simple way to transfer property.  It conveys whatever interest you have in a piece of property without making any promises about the type of interest you’re conveying.

You can use Nolo’s California Quitclaim Deed to do the following and more:

  • transfer property to or from a revocable living trust
  • transfer property to one spouse as part of a divorce
  • clarify an ambiguity about inherited property-- for example, by giving up potential rights to inherited real estate
  • settle uncertainties about other kinds of claims -- for example, by relinquishing the rights to an easement
  • transfer one co-owner’s interest to another co-owner  -- for example, when one co-owner buys out another
  • transfer part of your interest to a new co-owner -- for example, by transferring property you own by yourself into shared ownership with someone else
  • change the way owners hold title to the property -- for example, by transferring title from joint tenants to tenants in common, or the other way around.

Nolo's California Quitclaim Deed includes up-to-date instructions for preparing a quitclaim deed, getting it notarized, and recording (filing) it with the county recorder. You'll learn: 

  • how to prepare your quitclaim deed
  • how to prepare a declaration if the transfer is tax-exempt
  • how to prepare a preliminary change of ownership report, and
  • how to record your deed.

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