California Revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed Form

Updated May 31, 2022

A California revocable transfer on death (TOD) deed is similar to what is called a “life estate,” whereby a person’s property is passed onto a loved one upon their death without going through the probate process. This type of deed can be filed with the recorder so that when the person dies, it automatically becomes the property of the person designated. This is also revocable by the person who grants the interest.

Laws – Cal. Prob. Code §§ 5642, 5644

How to Write

Step 1 -In the top left-hand corner, insert the name of the grantor and the grantor’s address.

Step 2 – Fill in the Assessor’s Parcel Number of “APN” which can be found at the assessor’s office or on a previous deed or property tax document.

Step 3 – Write in the legal description of the property.

Step 4 – Print the full name(s) of each beneficiary and their relationship to you as the grantor, i.e. “my son, John Smith”.

Step 5 – In the blank indicated, write in your full name.

Step 6 – Sign and date in front of a notary public and file it with the local county recorder.