Illinois Quit Claim Deed Form

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The Illinois quitclaim deed is used to convey real estate in Illinois from one party to another, however, unlike a warranty deed, the seller or grantor, is not required to warrant the title to the property he is selling. In other words, he or she will not guarantee that they own the property or that they have clear title to the property or that they have the authority to sell the property. As in all property transfers, it is important that the buyer perform a complete property search to ascertain what right to the property he or she is actually purchasing.

Laws – 765 ILCS 5/10

Recording – The quitclaim deed must be recorded in the County Recorder’s Office where the real estate is located (See County List).

Transfer Tax Declaration (Form PTAX-203) – The transfer tax must be paid prior to or at the time of filing the quitclaim deed. This can be done by filling in the form in Adobe PDF, Online, or you can File Electronically if you are living in an applicable county.

Signing (765 ILCS 5/20) – A quit claim deed in the State of Illinois is required to be signed with a notary public present before being recorded.

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Step 1 – Obtain The Illinois Quit Claim Deed From This Site

All three links above lead to a different file version of the same template. You will need this template when a claim on a property must be formally released. You may also access these files with the buttons underneath the preview. Notice each one of these items has been properly labeled and bears that file versions commonly accepted icon.


Step 2 – Identify The Quit Claim Preparer

Once you have opened this file, two sections in the upper left-hand corner will each request a mailing address. We will begin with the Preparer’s section. We must identify the entity filling out this form or preparing this document for its notarized execution. Therefore, seek out the first section (“Prepared By”) then follow the guiding labels to document the full “Name,” “Address,” “State,” and “Zip Code” to present the “Name” and mailing address of this paperwork’s Preparer. This may be Grantor, Grantee, or a third party (such as an Attorney, Accountant, or Property Manager).


Step 3 – Indicate Where This Document Must Be Filed Upon Completion

This type of documentation will need to be submitted to the County Recorder Office governing the locality where the property is located. Once done, this paperwork will need to be returned. The next section, “After Recording Return To,” will enable you to document the “Name” of the Recipient expecting receipt of the filed Quit Claim Deed along with his or her “Address,” “State,” and “Zip Code.” 


Step 4 – Name The County Where This Deed Applies

Several areas of this document will seek to verify the location of its generation since this can be crucial to its ability to act as proof in the future as well as satisfy the requirements, recommendations, or guidelines placed by many (if not all) counties. Therefore, the first available line following the body’s title, “Illinois Quite Claim Deed,” is reserved for your report on the “County” where this paperwork is executed (signed). Produce this “County” name accordingly. 


Step 5 – Present Documentation Of The Dollar Amount Being Submitted

Typically, a predetermined amount of money will need to be submitted to the Grantor before he or she relinquishes claim to the concerned property. This sum of money can only be ‘predetermined’ if the dollar value is written out on the blank line after the phrase “…Consideration Of The Sum Of.” Confer with your records then write out this amount and produce it numerically on the empty line after the dollar sign. 


Step 6 – Furnish The Quit Claim Grantor’s Information

The statement we are supplementing will continue to request items for its completion. The next line will present three blank spaces. We will use these to define the Grantor. Input the full name of the party releasing all claims to the property on the space immediately after the phrase “…Paid to” then further define the Grantor by his or her profession or status on the second blank line and his or her street address on the third space. Naturally, the Grantor’s mailing address would not be useful unless it is completed. Deliver the “County Of,” “City Of,” and “State Of” the Grantor’s mailing address across the next three spaces.



Step 7 – Produce A Report On The Illinois Grantee

Now we must attach the identity of the Grantee to this quitclaim. The next line requiring attention will expect the full name of the Party who will receive the same rights to claim the property that the Grantor we named above currently processes. The blank line just after the term “…Hereby Quit Claims To,” anticipates the Grantee’s name produced as its contents. Produce the Grantee’s status, residential street address, and the name of his or her County as the contents of the next three blank spaces where they are requested.   The next two lines allow you to complete this address by displaying the “City Of” and “State Of” the Grantee’s residence.


Step 8 – Deliver The Concerned Property’s Legal Description And Location

The blank line between the term “…Situated In” and the wording “County, Illinois…” is reserved for the name of the County where the property is located. Furnish this information accordingly. The legal description of the concerned property, which must also contain its physical location, should be produced on the blank lines just above the bold word “[Insert Legal Description Here Or Attach And Insert].” Keep in mind that a physical location is not normally enough for legal description, though it is an important piece of information that must be produced. You may wish to refer to the most recent deed on record which may be obtained from the County Recorder’s Office.   


Step 9 – Display The Illinois Grantor’s Signature

To finalize this document and formally release the Grantor’s claim on the concerned property, he or she must sign it under the observance of a notary public. Two columns after the “To Have And To Hold” paragraph will enable two Grantors to easily sign this agreement before a notary. All Grantors who are expected to release their property claim upon receiving the Grantee’s payment are required to provide a signature. If more Grantors are involved, you may either copy and paste additional “Grantor Signature” areas, develop an additional document, or attach these signature areas. Each Grantor must sign the “Grantor’s Signature” line, print his or her name on the line below the Signature, and dispense his or her address to the “Address” and “City, State & Zip” lines. If there is only one Grantor, then he or she must submit these items to the left-hand column leaving the second unaltered.


Step 10 – Notarize The Grantor’s Signature

The final portion of this document, separated by the title “State Of Illinois,” is meant specifically for the use of the Notary Public who has observed the Grantor(s) signing the completed document. Take a moment to review the deed once this step is completed and before you register this action with the County Recorder Office. The notarization area must contain the county, the Grantor’s name, the signature date, and the Notary Public’s signature, the date the Notary’s commission expires and notary seal.