How Do I Change/Add/Remove A Name On A Deed?

NOTE: The Recorder of Deeds office does not provide blank forms of any kind.

To change, add or remove a name on your deed a new deed needs to be recorded reflecting the change. Many people think they can come into the office and change the present recorded deed with a form, but that is not the case. Once a deed is recorded it cannot be changed. We recommend you consult a real estate attorney or title company to prepare a new deed.

If a husband and wife held the property jointly as tenants by entireties and one spouse dies, it is not necessary to remove that spouse’s name from the deed. If/when the survivor sells or mortgages the property, he/she simply explains in the new deed or mortgage that the other spouse is deceased. A special instance due to a particular legal situation could occur where the name should be deleted, therefore, we recommend consulting an attorney or title company for specific advice.

If a woman marries, it is not legally required to change the name on the deed to the married name, but again because of a particular situation it may be desirable, therefore we again recommend consulting an attorney or title company for specific advice.

Our office cannot recommend a real estate attorney or title company. The following organizations may be able to provide recommendations:

Montgomery County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

Pennsylvania Land Title Association

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania