When someone owns property, they have “title” to it, which is proof of ownership, commonly conveyed by a “Deed”. There are several types of Deeds used to convey title which are described below. There are also different manners in which one can hold “title” as explained in this guide, How to Hold Title to Your Real Property.
Effective January 1, 2016 a person may now record a “Transfer on Death” deed under California Probate Code Section 5642. For further information, please review the following link containing “common questions about the use of this form”.
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There are other documents that have the word “Deed” in the name, when in fact they have nothing to do with “title”, such as a “Deed of Reconveyance” or a “Deed of Trust”. These documents have a completely different purpose. A Deed of Trust has a “Promissory Note” that is created at the same time, setting forth the terms of repayment of a loan. Although the Promissory Note is normally not recorded, the Deed of Trust that secures the debt is normally recorded but does not indicate what the “terms” of the Promissory Note are. This document becomes an “encumbrance” against the real property in question. For additional definitions, please visit this link: Definitions of Commonly Recorded Documents.