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Can I draft a deed myself or does Massachusetts law require an attorney to draft it?

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My wife and I would like to transfer partial ownership of our home to our daughter so that she becomes an owner with rights of survivorship. My question is, can we do this transfer on our own without an attorney or does Massachusetts law require us to have an attorney draft the deed?


Massachusetts law does not require deeds to be prepared by attorneys.  Just as individuals can represent themselves in Court, individuals can prepare deeds and other legal documents.  A defective deed may not properly transfer title, and  may create a title defect that must be corrected.  The cost of having a deed properly drafted and recorded is not great, (usually less  than $250.00 which includes the $125.00 recording fee) while the costs of a mistake in this area can be many times that.

Contact our real estate attorneys to discuss your real estate matter. We serve the Brookline, Massachusetts community including the neighborhoods of Brookline Village, Aspinwall Hill, Chestnut Hill, Cleveland Circle, Coolidge Corner, Longwood medical, and Washington Square.


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