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Are you looking to transfer your interest in a property to another party? The transfer can be done with a legal document called a “deed.” There are two major types of deeds: a quitclaim deed and a warranty deed.

A quitclaim deed terminates your interest in a property, but it does not give protections to the beneficiary (the person receiving the interest). A quitclaim deed does not guarantee that the grantor (the person transferring the interest) actually owns the property; it merely states that the grantor thinks that she does have an interest. This type of deed is often used when there isn’t actually any money being exchanged with the transfer of the interest.

A warranty deed gives your interest in a property to the beneficiary and also gives certain protections to the beneficiary. With this type of deed, the grantor guarantees that she actually holds the title to the property and has the right to sell that property. The warranty deed also assures the beneficiary that there are no other people who may have claims to the property.

After the deed is filled out and signed, it must be recorded in the county in which the property is located. Each county has its own guidelines for what the deed must contain, so be sure to look at your county’s requirements.

You may also have to pay federal, state, or county taxes with the transfer. If you use a quitclaim deed and no money is exchanged, a gift tax might apply if the transfer of interest is not between spouses.

Purchase a Quit Claim or Warranty Deed Here

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Free eBook on What You Need to Know About Getting a Divorce

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Free eBook on Getting a Divorce

If you are just beginning to think about separating and getting a divorce and don’t know what to do first, our just published free eBook titled “What You Need to Know About Getting a Divorce” is for you.  You can download it here.

Often when you first begin to think about breaking up you don’t know what to do first.

  • Should I consult with a lawyer?
  • Should I represent myself?
  • What is mediation?
  • What is collaborative divorce?
  • Should I empty my bank account and protect my assets?
  • Am I entitled child support?
  • Will I be accused of desertion if I leave my spouse?
  • How will property be divided?

This free eBook will help you to answer these questions and also help you to develop a strategy to pursue your divorce at the lowest possible cost.


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SmartLegalForms vs.LegalZoom

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LegalZoom is a legal document preparation web site. This means that a non-lawyer reviews your documents for spelling errors and other minor inconsistencies but because it is not a law firm LegalZoom cannot provide you with legal advice. You pay a high price for a review service that simply checks to make sure that you have answered every question and that you have spelled your name correctly.

The forms that you purchase from SmartLegalForms are the same forms you would get from LegalZoom except the price is substantially less. The legal form content of our forms are drafted by attorneys and our forms are also used by attorneys in their practice throughout the United States.

We stand behind our legal forms with a 100% guaranteeIf you are not satisfied with the legal form or document you purchased, please let us know within three (3) days of the date of purchase, and we will promptly refund your money, no ifs, ands, or buts.

We provide our legal forms to thousands of law firms and also to non-lawyer providers such as NextGenJustice  through our other marketing programs, but the lowest price is through this Web Site.  

If you need legal advice bundled with your legal forms, try our network of on-line virtual law firms for low pricing. If you don't need legal advice, and can follow instructions carefully, your lowest cost solution is to purchase one of our smart legal forms.

We call our legal forms "smart legal forms" because they are powered by a proprietary artificial intelligence engine that selects the correct text based on the answers to your questions in an on-line questionnaire. Once you complete answering the questions, your documents are instantly created ready to download. There is no waiting or further delay.

Our forms include detailed execution or step by step instructions to enable you to represent yourself where it is appropriate to do so. This is the lowest cost way for you to solve your legal problem.

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Self-Help Videos for Self-Represented Litigants from LegalYou

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A Florida based law firm, IceLegal, has created a series of how to do it videos for its self-help law web site at http://www.legalyou.com  These videos were designed for Florida residents who represent themselves in court, but they are useful for any jurisdiction.

Here are some of the most useful videos for self-represented litigants:

What to Expect When Going to Court

Mediation and Arbitration: What You Need to Know

What to Wear to Court

For "unbundled" and "limited" legal services from a Florida law firm for a fixed fee - check out: LegalYou. LegalYou has an innovative approach to the delivery of legal services- lawyers helping consumers gain access to the legal system as a price they can afford.

Also see: SmartLegalForms available for the State of Florida.



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Best Practice Guidelines for Legal Document Providers

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Legal Documents On-LineThe American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force has compiled a draft set of best practice guidelines for legal document providers, which can be downloaded here*.  

An increasingly popular – and controversial – category of service providers are those that supply customer-specific documents over the Internet, using interactive software and/or human resources, without purporting to be engaged in the practice of law. There are literally hundreds of these legal documents Web sites. More of these legal document Web sites launch every month, if not every week on the Internet. 

These Web sites include for example:

The Task Force believes that there are common principles that ought to guide these legal document sites, and practices that consumers should be able to expect.  The  eLawyering Task Force  also recognizes that consumers have different levels of knowledge in meeting their documentation needs.  Some believe, for instance, that it is simply a matter of getting “the” right form, and pay little attention to careful drafting and appropriate execution.  Others have a more sophisticated understanding of options and implications. Nevertheless there should be baseline expectations that meets the needs of all kinds of users. The goal is not to issue a "seal of approval" of these legal document Web sites. The objective is to encourage these Web sites to use acknowledged "best practices" in the development and delivery of their services.


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