A West Virginia general warranty deed is a legal document that facilitates the sale of property from the owner (the grantor) to a buyer (the grantee). This particular deed ensures the new owner that the title to the property is clear and free from any defects, liens, or encumbrances. Once the funds have been transferred, it is required that the grantor(s) sign the deed in the presence of a Notary Public.

Here is a step by step guide to help you fill out the West Virginia general warranty deed form.

Step 1: Prepared By Name

This is where the individual or entity that prepared the deed, possibly an attorney or title company, would input their name. 

Let’s say you’re an attorney named David Walker. In this field, you’d write: David Walker.

Step 2: Address, State, Zip Code

These fields are for the address of the person who prepared the document. 

For instance, if your law office is located at 123 Legal Avenue, Charleston, West Virginia, 25301, you’d enter that information accordingly.

 

Step 3: After Recording Return To Name, Address, State, Zip Code

This is the contact information to which the document should be returned after it has been officially recorded in the relevant public records office. This could be the same person who prepared the document or it might be a different party involved in the transaction.

If the client, say Laura Brown, wishes to have the document returned to her home address (789 Residential Lane, Morgantown, West Virginia, 26505), you’d input her name and address here.

 

Step 4:That for and in consideration of the sum of

This is where you write the purchase price that the grantee (buyer) is paying the grantor (seller). 

Here, let’s say Laura Brown (the buyer or “grantee”) is buying the property for $200,000. You’d write: “two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000)”.

 

Step 5: In hand paid to

Here you write the name and marital status of the person receiving the payment (the grantor or seller). For example, if Jane Smith is selling her house, you would write “Jane Smith” here.

Suppose Laura is buying from John Martin, a single man. You’d write: “John Martin, a single man”.

Step 6: Residing at

This is where you enter the address of the grantor. This might be the same as the property being sold, or it could be a different address if the grantor no longer lives there.

If John’s current address is 456 Seller Street, Parkersburg, West Virginia, you’d enter that address here.

Step 7: Hereby conveyed to

This field is for the name of the person buying the property, the grantee. Include their marital status as well as their residential address.

In this field, you’re noting that Laura Brown, a single woman, is buying the property.

Step 8: Described Real Estate

This is the legal description of the property being sold. This is a specific, detailed description used in legal contexts and is usually obtained from a previous deed, a survey, or the county records. It’s not the same as the mailing address.

It might read something like: “Lot 23, Block 4 of the Mountain View Subdivision, as per map recorded in Book 25, Page 75 of the County Records.”

Step 9: Grantor’s Signature/Name/Address/City, State & Zip

This is for the grantor’s signature and current address. By signing, the grantor is legally transferring the property.

John Martin would sign here, and his current address would be entered. If it is still 456 Seller Street, Parkersburg, West Virginia, 26101, that is what would be written.

Step 10: Witness’s Signature/Name/Address/City, State & Zip

A witness, sometimes required by law, must sign and provide their address here. This person verifies that the grantor willingly signed and understands the deed.

The witness, a person named Robert Wilson, signs here. Suppose Robert lives at 321 Witness Way, Huntington, West Virginia, 25701, he would input that address accordingly.

Step 11: Notary Public and Commission Expires

A notary public must sign, certifying they verified the identities of the parties and witnessed the signatures. The expiration date of the notary’s commission is also included.

Conclusion

By precisely filling in all details about the parties, property, sale terms, signatures, and notarization, you can guarantee a flawless deed ready for recording and official transfer of ownership.