from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The transfer of a title, right, or claim to another.
- transitive v. To renounce all claim to (a possession or right).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To relinquish, release, or transfer a title, claim, or interest to another.
- n. A renunciation of claims.
- n. A deed that is a renunciation of claims to a parcel of real property and a transfer of one's claims to another; a quitclaim deed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A release or relinquishment of a claim; a deed of release; an instrument by which some right, title, interest, or claim, which one person has, or is supposed to have, in or to an estate held by himself or another, is released or relinquished, the grantor generally covenanting only against persons who claim under himself.
- transitive v. To release or relinquish a claim to; to release a claim to by deed, without covenants of warranty against adverse and paramount titles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To quit or give up claim to; relinquish; release; acquit, as of an obligation.
- In law, to quit or abandon a claim or title to by deed; convey without covenants of warranty against adverse titles or claims: as, to quitclaim a certain parcel of ground.
- n. In law; A deed of release; an instrument by which some claim, right, or title to an estate is relinquished to another.
- n. A conveyance without any covenant or warranty, expressed or implied.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. act of transferring a title or right or claim to another
- n. document transferring title or right or claim to another
However, you might want to note on the quitclaim deed the circumstances of the original gift and state that by using the quitclaim deed you reject the gift given to you.
You, in turn, could issue a quitclaim deed transferring any interest you could be considered to have in the land back to the person who gave it to you.
If the person who gave you the land is unwilling to cooperate, you might be able to issue your own quitclaim deed back to the original owner and record that document with the property governmental agency.
Finally, the document should probably state that the effective date of the quitclaim deed is the original gift date to you.
Then again, she did decide to use a quitclaim deed to transfer ownership out of her name -- probably with the idea that she was protecting the house in case she needed to go on Medicaid.
Depending on your conversation with your mother-in-law, another option is to quitclaim the property back to her.
Q: My mother-in-law did a quitclaim of her house to my husband 10 years ago.
Say I quitclaim everything for a hundred thousand.
In 1991, Fox assigned some rights via a quitclaim to Largo International with the understanding that the studio held exclusive rights to distribute the first motion picture based on “Watchmen,” according to the lawsuit.
Can we use a quitclaim deed to put my name on the property after?