Is a party’s signature needed to remove her from a deed?

Q: My 93-year-old mom was coerced in Feb 2017 by my sister to sign a quit claim deed adding her to her home. Although done in a lawyer’s office, he nor a notary witnesses the signatures. No money or consideration made either. (Bethel Park, PA)

A: If your mother was competent to sign the deed, and the deed is legally correct, the transfer is valid. If the deed is valid and your sister is on the deed as a grantee, she must sign any new deed. The exception to this is if you can get her off the deed by court order as a result of successfully challenging the deed which is difficult to do. In PA deeds must be witnessed and notarized to be accepted for recording.

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