Public notice given by recording a document with the county recorder
A written instrument by which a person makes a disposition (final settlement) of his or her property to take effect after his or her death
Evidence of ownership of land
The person receiving the property or to whom it is being conveyed
The person conveying, or transferring, the property
Written in the maker's own handwriting, dated, and signed by the maker
Used to make a gift of property to a grantee who is usually a close friend or relative
A signed statement, made before a notary public by a named person; confirming the signature on a document and that it was made of free will
Anything of value; one of the essentials of a valid contract
Dying without leaving a will
Transfers any interest the grantor may have at the time the deed is signed, with no warranties of clear title
A change in a will before the maker's death
Notice given by possession of property
ABSTRACT OF TITLE
A full summary of all consecutive grants, conveyences, wills, records and judicial proceedings affecting title to a specific parcel or real estate
A deed used to transfer title to property, guaranteeing that the title is clear and the grantor has the right to transfer it; no longer used in California
Someone who directs or authorizes another to act in his or her place in regard to relations with third persons; buyer or seller
TESTATOR / TESTATRIX
A person who has made a will
The transfer of title by the government to a private individual
A gift of personal property by will (see legacy)
Exaggerated comments or opinions not made as representations of facts and thus not grounds for misrepresentations
A lawsuit brought to court
The rejection of an original offer that becomes a new offer
Occurs when land that has been covered by water is exposed by the receding of the water
Acquiring title to property by continued possession and payment of taxes
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