A special warranty deed in Utah facilitates the transfer of property ownership, ensuring that no claims were filed during the time of the grantor’s possession.

However, the grantee assumes responsibility for any claims made before the grantor’s period of ownership.

Here is a step-by-step guide to filling in the provided form:

Step 1: Name of the Preparer

Fill in your full legal name. It’s crucial to fill out your full legal name to identify the person preparing the document. 

For example, if your legal name is John Michael Doe, fill it out completely instead of using just “John Michael Doe.”

Step 2: Address

Fill in your complete street address including the state and zip code. The address, including the state and zip code, provides a physical location for potential contact or legal needs. 

For example, “123 Elm Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111.”

Step 3: Name of Receiver

Fill in the name of the person to whom the document should be returned after recording. This is typically the new owner or their legal representative.

This information guides where to return the document after it has been officially recorded, ensuring it gets back to the correct person or entity. 

For instance, if you’re working with a real estate attorney named Jane Smith, you’d put her name here.

Step 4: Address of the Receiver

Fill in the full address of the person to whom the document should be returned including the state and the zip code.

Example: “456 Maple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101.”

Step 5: Grantor’s Information 

Fill in the name of the current owner (the grantor) and his or her address including the county and the state. This specifies the grantor’s current residence, further verifying their identity.

For instance, “John Michael Doe, 123 Elm Street, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.”

Step 7: Sum of

Write out the purchase price in words and numerically.

The amount of money paid for the property should be filled in both words and numbers to avoid any misunderstanding about the purchase price.

For example, if the property was sold for $150,000, write “One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000).”

Step 8: Grantee’s Information 

Fill in the full name of the new owner (the grantee) and his or her address including the county and the state. 

The new owner’s (grantee’s) name establishes who is receiving the property.

For example, “John Doe, 789 Pine Street, Provo, Utah County, Utah.”

Step 10: County

The county where the property is located must be specified, as different counties may have different recording requirements.

For example, “Salt Lake County.”

Step 11: Description of the Property

Write a detailed legal description of the property being transferred or attach a separate page marked as “Exhibit A” that contains this information.

You can find this information on your property deed or at the county recorder’s office.

The property’s legal description accurately identifies the property being transferred.

You could use something like, “Lot 4, Block 2 of the Applewood Estates, according to the official plat thereof on file in the Salt Lake County Recorder’s Office.”

Step 12: Grantor’s Signature 

The current owner should sign here.

The grantor must sign the document to validate the property transfer. The actual signatures establish intent and agreement to the terms.

Step 13: Grantor’s Name

Print the current owner’s name. The grantor should print their name to ensure clarity, as signatures can sometimes be hard to read.

Step 14: Grantor’s Address

Provide the current owner’s address including the city, state, and the zip code. This helps provide a record of where the grantor resides at the time of the transaction. It can be useful for future legal or tax purposes.

Step 15: Notarization 

The notary public will sign here, attesting that they have verified the identities of the parties involved, and that the grantor signed the document willingly. 

Conclusion

In summary, we have provided a detailed guide on completing a Utah special warranty deed.

By following these steps, we can ensure the preparation of a legally valid document that protects both grantor and grantee during the property transfer process.

Properly filling out and recording the deed facilitates real estate transactions by minimizing liability and enabling ownership transfer.