Once upon a time there was a mayfly who wanted a piece of property, and he wanted it right away.  “I do not need one of them fancy deeds that a lawyer writes,” he said to himself.  “I will get me one of them ‘quick claim deeds,’ that is a fast deed—I can get it real fast!  Yeah, that is what I want.”  So he went off to the Internet and bought a form and filled it out and had the seller sign it—it was a Quit Claim Deed—and the seller’s liability toward the property ended right there.

Mr. Mayfly had wanted to have the property not just to live there himself, but also to pass on as something of value to his heirs.  He built a house, raised a family, and died all in the same day—he had a congenital history of twenty-four hour lifecycles.  His intention, however, did not carry on very long.  In only a few short generations, it was discovered that the man who signed as the seller to the original Mr. Mayfly actually had no interest whatsoever in the property.  Oh he had taken Mayfly’s money all right, but the property was not rightfully his to sell.  The Mayflys had no guarantee of their ownership (and they had not bought title insurance) and they all died off before they could even start a court battle.

If you want property ownership more constant than a mayfly’s lifespan, get a General Warranty Deed, which conveys real estate with guarantees of ownership title.  Just because you can get a form online does not mean that it comes with proper legal advice for your situation.  Make sure you understand the ramifications before you file a legal document which might not accomplish (or be detrimental) your intention.