Trustee's Deed Law & Legal Definition


A deed is the written document which transfers title (ownership) or an interest in real property to another person. A trustee's deed is a deed to be executed by a person serving as a trustee in their appointed capacity. A trustee's deed is often used, for example, by a trustee in bankruptcy to sell real property of the debtor.

The deed must describe the real property, name the party transferring the property (grantor), the party receiving the property (grantee) and be signed and notarized by the grantor. To complete the transfer (conveyance) the deed must be recorded in the office of the County Recorder or Recorder of Deeds. There are two basic types of deeds: a warranty deed, which guarantees that the grantor owns title, and the quitclaim deed, which transfers only that interest in the real property which the grantor actually has. The quitclaim is often used among family members or from one joint owner to the other when there is little question about existing ownership, or just to clear the title. A written document for the transfer of land or other real property from one person to another. A quitclaim deed conveys only such rights as the grantor has. A warranty deed conveys specifically described rights which together comprise good title.

A deed may be avoided by alterations made in it subsequent to its execution, when made by the party himself, whether they are material or immaterial, and by any material alteration, even when made by a stranger. The disagreement of those parties whose assent to the transfer is necessary may invalidate the deed. For instance, in the case of a married woman, by the disagreement of her husband or by the judgment of a competent tribunal.