Alaska Quit Claim Deed Form
The Alaska Quit Claim Deed is the official state deed form for transferring the ownership of a property from one person to another and for fixing defects in a title. With the document, the person transferring the property (the “grantor”) does not need to clarify their ownership of the property. This makes the form easier to use, yet more of a liability when compared to other deed types. In the words of Alaska’s laws pertaining to deeds (AS 34.15.050), these forms are “sufficient to pass all the real estate which the grantor can convey by a deed of bargain and sale.” A common situation in which the form is utilized is when a property needs to be transferred into a living trust.
- Age requirement (§ 34.15.010(a)): The grantor must be a minimum eighteen (18) years old. Alternatively, the deed may be carried out by the grantor’s lawful agent or attorney.
- Spousal considerations (§ 34.15.010(b)(c)): If the property stated in the form is the family home or homestead of a married man or a married woman, their spouse must also be a party to the deed. This, however, will not establish a proprietary right, title, or interest in the spouse should one not already exist.
- Use of recorded master form (§ 34.15.015): If the deed makes mention of a recorded master form, all parties must be provided with either a copy of the form or a copy of the referenced section.
- Required Fields (§ 34.15.040): Chapter 15 of the AK Statutes provides guidance for the contents required of the form. The following, at a minimum, must be included in the deed:
- The grantor’s name and place of residence.
- The consideration (payment) of the grantor.
- The grantee’s name.
- A description of the real estate.
- The date of the form’s execution.
- Signing Requirements (§ 34.15.150): Signed by a Notary Public.
How to File
To file a deed in Alaska, the form needs to be recorded at the District Recorder’s Office. The office will charge a recording fee, so it is important to come prepared to make the required payment. The office’s fee schedule can be referred to in order to determine how much may be charged.
How to Write
Step 1 – Download
Step 2 – Grantor Info
Enter the full name(s) of the Grantor(s) and their address.
Step 3 – Consideration
The ‘consideration’ is the payment the Grantee(s) are making to the Grantor(s) in order to receive rights to the property. In the two (2) spaces provided, enter the payment in words (ex: “two-dollars”) followed by the payment in numbers (ex: “$2.00”).
Step 4 – Grantee Info
On the top line, enter the full name(s) of the Grantee(s). Then, enter their address(es).
Step 5 – Real Property
To sufficiently describe the property being transferred, enter the following (note: the following information can be copied from the last deed, as the information should not have changed):
- Lot #
- Block #
- Plat #
- Recording District
- Judicial District
Step 6 – Signatures
The signature(s) of the Grantor(s) should be written (by hand or electronically) in the spaces provided.
Step 7 – Notarization
This section is to be completed by a legit Notary Public ONLY.