A Missouri special warranty deed is used to transfer real estate ownership while guaranteeing that the transferor (the grantor) has the right to convey the property and has no unresolved liens or other claims on its title. However, the grantor makes no promises regarding any encumbrances incurred by prior owners. Therefore, the recipient (the grantee) should verify the property title to avoid receiving an encumbered title.
The title transfer is completed once the deed has been signed by the grantor, and notarized. If the property is located in St. Louis, the grantee will also be required to execute the deed for it to be valid.