How to get a Deed Corrected
Question: I purchased a condominium in Tempe when I was attending Arizona State University. In going through some of my paperwork recently in preparing to sell this condominium, I noticed for the first time that the deed from the seller to me showed only my first and middle names. My last name was omitted from the deed. Will I have a problem selling my Tempe condominium because of the omission of my last name from the deed? Will I have to get the sellers to sign a new deed (which may be difficult because all I know is that the sellers moved back to Oklahoma)? If I can’t find the sellers, will I have to go to court?
Answer: You should not have a problem selling your home. In order to correct this clerical error, the title company will probably just re-record the existing deed from your seller with the addition of your last name.
Note: Title companies frequently re-record documents in order to correct an obvious clerical error such as an error in the spelling of the name of a seller or a buyer, or a transposed lot number in the legal description.