Illinois Quit Claim Deed Form

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An Illinois quit claim deed conveys ownership interest in land, buildings, and real property from one person or entity to another.

Compared to general or special warranty deeds, quit claim deeds offer the grantee (buyer/recipient) with no title warranties. A warranty is a type of guarantee given from the grantor (seller) to the grantee in that the property is free of issues. For real estate transactions of high value, most parties will require a warranty deed to be used. This ensures the grantee has a means of recovering damages if the property ended up having an outstanding lien (for example).

Because a quit claim deed doesn’t include any warranties, it’s useful for low-value transactions such as gifting real estate to family, or removing one’s ownership after a divorce. The document can also provide the parties with tax benefits and savings that would not be possible using other deed types.



Laws

  • Statute: § 765 ILCS 5/10
  • Signing Requirements (§ 765 ILCS 5/20): Before being recorded, the deed must be signed and notarized by the grantor.
  • Form PTAX-203 (PDF | Online Form | MyDec): Known as the “Transfer Tax Declaration”, this is a form (and accompanying payment) that must be completed prior to recording the deed, per the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200).
  • Recording: To put the deed into effect, it needs to be brought to the County Clerk & Recorder’s office. The office chosen must be located in the same county as the real property being transferred. A fee will be required.