A Kansas statutory warranty deed serves as a legal tool for conveying property from a seller to a buyer, complete with a warranty or guarantee. The seller, via the deed, assures that no other claims exist on the property in question and that they possess the legal right to sell it.

Should this not be accurate, the seller is bound by law to correct the issue for the buyer. However, it is still advisable for the buyer to conduct a comprehensive title search to verify that there are no undisclosed claims on the property.

Here is a step by step guide to assist you in filling out the Kansas general warranty deed form.

Step 1

This should be filled with the full legal name of the person or entity that has prepared this document. This  establishes clear responsibility for the accuracy and legality of the document’s content.

For instance, if a person named “Robert Smith” is preparing the document, he would fill in “Robert Smith.”

Step 2

Here, the complete physical address of the person or entity that prepared this document should be provided, including the state and the postal zip code.

Providing the complete physical address is crucial to identify the origin of the document and provides a means for future contact or correspondence, if necessary.

An example could be “4321 Sunflower Road, Topeka, Kansas, 66603.”

Step 3

Indicate the full name of the person or entity where the document should be returned after it has been officially recorded.

Identifying the person or entity where the document should be returned after recording ensures the document is sent back to the correct party, which is especially important for maintaining an organized record of property transactions.

For example, this could be “Elizabeth Johnson” or “Sunflower Properties LLC.”

Step 4

Here, enter the full physical address of the person or entity to which the document should be returned, including the state and zip code. Providing the return party’s address is essential to ensure the document, once officially recorded, is sent back to the correct location.

For example, if the document is to be returned to Elizabeth Johnson or Sunflower Properties LLC, their address, such as “1234 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044” should be filled in.

Step 5

This indicates the county where the property is located. Indicating the county where the property is located is important because property laws vary by local jurisdiction. This information helps ensure that the transaction adheres to the correct local laws and regulations.

For example, “Douglas County.”

Step 6

This blank is for the purchase price of the property. The first blank is for the price written out in words, and the second blank is for the numeric price representation. Providing the purchase price of the property in both words and numerals is a legal requirement and helps clarify the financial transaction for tax and other legal purposes.

If the property was purchased for two hundred thousand dollars, it would be written as “Two Hundred Thousand Dollars” and “$200,000”.

Step 7

These fields are for the Grantor (s)’ and Grantee (s)’ information. You’ll input the full name, the entity type (if it’s an organization), and the full address, respectively. Filling in this information clearly records who is involved in the property transfer, ensuring legal responsibility and accountability.

For example, if an organization named “Jayhawk Real Estate LLC” is transferring property to Elizabeth Johnson, this information would be recorded here.

Step 8

Here, the name of the county where the property is located is filled in. This ensures that all legal proceedings and document recording happen in the correct jurisdiction.

This would be the same county as in Step 5.

Step 9

These lines are for the legal description of the property. This description is often very detailed and can be obtained from a previous deed or a title company.  This provides a precise identification of the property in question. It is a crucial part of the property transfer process because it helps to prevent disputes about what specific property is being transferred.

This could be something like “Lot 12 of Block 6 of the Sunflower Estates Subdivision, according to the map or plat thereof recorded in Book 789, Page 012, of the Public Records of Douglas County, Kansas.”

Step 10

These lines are for the Grantor (s) to sign, print their name, and list their address. Their signature affirms their agreement to the property transfer and their printed name and address provide clear information on who is making this agreement.

For instance, if the representative of “Jayhawk Real Estate LLC” is a person named “Michael Brown,” he would sign his name, print “Michael Brown,” and list the address of Jayhawk Real Estate LLC, for example, “5678 Kansas River Drive, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044.”

Finally 

In this section, no action is required from you; it will be completed by the Notary Public with the name of the county where the notarization is taking place and they will affirm here that they’ve overseen the signing of the document by the Grantor(s).

Conclusion

In summary, following the key steps outlined ensures the Kansas statutory warranty deed is accurately filled out and legally binding under state law. The deed provides basic buyer protections through the grantor’s assurances. However, buyers are still advised to perform their own title search to uncover any potential defects not covered by the deed.