I am looking to sell my house. My son's and daughter's name are on the deed. In order to sell the house, I will need them to sign the sale contract. I would like to remove their names on the deed because my daughter has been estranged from the family for over 3 years. My son has agreed to have his name removed because he is also afraid that she might go after the money from the house sale. The mortgage is under my name only and the bank does not know about the added names on the deed. Not sure what steps to take to remove their names from the deed. Please advise. Thanks.
You should retain an attorney that handles real estate matters to prepare/file the deed. You need to make sure, however, that your daughter agrees to sign off.
The only way to remove someone's name from a deed is to have that person execute a new deed. For example, as deed from "Mom, Son and Daughter" as Grantors to "Mom" as Grantee. In such case, all 3 of you need to sign the deed transferring ownership to you alone. There is no way around that; your son and daughter must sign the deed.
A big eraser. Just kidding. Get a real estate lawyer to prepare new one.
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