A California revocable transfer on death deed allows residential property owners to designate the person(s) to whom the title rights of their real estate will transfer when they die. This deed has no effect until the owner’s passing; during their lifetime, the owner maintains all property rights and may revoke or alter the instrument as they see fit.
In order to be valid, the deed must have the name of the current owner, intended beneficiaries, and the property description, which must match the original deed. Once notarized, the transfer on death deed should be recorded at the Recorder’s Office within sixty (60) days, or it will become void.
- Statutes: Chapter 2. Transfer of Real Property, Part 4. Revocable Transfer on Death Deed
- Formatting: § 27361.5, § 27361.6, § 27361.7, § 5642
- Signing Requirements (§ 5624): Notary Public and Two (2) Witnesses
- Where to record (§ 1169): County Recorder’s Office
- Recording fees (§ 27361): No more than $10 for the first page and under $3 for every additional page, plus another $75 fee at the time of recording.
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