How to Transfer Real Property into a Living Trust via Grant Deed

This page will provide you with information on how to transfer your real property into a Living Trust using a Grant Deed.

1-First, you must create a properly executed Living Trust.


2-Draft a Grant Deed with your personalized information. This will include you property address, APN (Assessor’s Parcel Number), Name of your Trust and it’s date, and a legal description of your property. A legal description can usually be found in your home purchase documents.

See below for a Sample Grant Deed – below the sample you will find sample grant deed trust documents you can download and edit.


Alex Avakian, Esq.




(Excluded from Reappraisal under California Constitution Article 13A – 1 et seq.)

The Undersigned Grantor(s) declare(s): DOCUMENTARY TRANSFER TAX $0; CITY TRANSFER TAX $0.


There is no Documentary transfer tax due. This is a Trust Transfer under Section 62(d) of the Revenue and Taxation Code: Transfer to a revocable trust. This conveyance transfers an interest into or out of a Living Trust, R & T 11930.

FOR A VALUABLE CONSIDERATION, receipt of which is acknowledged,

        Client and Clientess, Husband and Wife as Joint Tenants

do GRANT to

Client and Clientess (and their successors in interest) as Trustees of THE CLIENT FAMILY LIVING TRUST dated August 31, 2011

the real property in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, described as:

Attached hereto as Exhibit A.

        Commonly known as: 743 Evergreen Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90210

Assessor’s Parcel Number: XXX


The parties each acknowledge that this is a transmutation of both Client’s and Clientess’ separate and/or community property interest in the above-described real property, commonly known as 743 Evergreen Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90210, into community property shared between Client and Clientess.



Client signature

Clientess’ signature




STATE OF CALIFORNIA                                    )
COUNTY OF ________________________)

On __________________ before me, _________________________________________ (here insert name and title of the officer), personally appeared




who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.

I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.


WITNESS my hand and official seal.



_______________________________                                                 (Notary Public Seal)
Notary Public Signature


Exhibit “A”

Legal Description


The real property in the city of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, described as:

Lot XXX in Tract No. XXXXX as per Map recorded in Book XXXX, Pages XX to XX inclusive of Maps, in the Office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, California.

Click here for a Sample Grant Deed to place Property into a Living Trust in .pdf format.

Click here for the same document in .doc (Word) format which is editable.


3-Once the document is completed, you will need to sign, date, and notarize it. Please note, the sample document is for a married couple placing property into a family trust. However it can be easily modified for a single person.


4-File the completed Grant Deed along with a PCOR (Preliminary Change of Ownership Report) with your County Recorder. Click here for more information on how to complete a PCOR. Note – This document is customized for Los Angeles County – Thus it might not work in a different county.


5-There is a filing fee for recording such a document – The fee is based on the number of pages. Fees vary, check with your county – but it should not run more than $30-$40.


6-Wait about 3-4 weeks for the document to be recorded and sent back to you. And Done!

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