How to Change a Deed When You Inherit Property

Inheriting property is typically considered a boon. Still, as with any type of inheritance, the legal ins-and-outs can put a damper on your enthusiasm. If ever there was an area in which states' rights dominated, it is in changing a deed upon inheritance. Most states require you to create a new deed and file it with the appropriate county office.

Step 1

Get a copy of the probated will. Many states require documentation that the will has been probated by the court.

Step 2

Obtain a certified copy of the death certificate. It is a requirement in several states, including North Carolina and Alabama.

Step 3

Draft a new deed that names you as the property owner. The new deed should include your name and address, the name and address of the decedent, the address or location of the property, the parcel number, if any, and a description of the property. If you co-inherit the property, the names of the co-owners should also be included on the new deed. County recorder's offices in some states claim you can write the new deed without the aid of an attorney. In Illinois, on the other hand, county deed offices recommend you work with a lawyer.

Step 4

Sign the new deed and have it notarized. You can find a notary public at a financial institution or even a private mailbox facility.

Step 5

Mail or hand-deliver the new deed, along with death certificate and probated will, if required, to the recorder of the county in which the property is located. Enclose any required filing fee.