How do I change my deed so that it reflects my married name?

This question is more complex than it first appears. In its simplest form, you are not required to take any action. When you sell your property, you can simply indicate on the deed your former and current names such as: "Mary Smith now known as (n/k/a) Mary Jones."

However, there are many other details that might impact the answer to this question, the most important being Wisconsin's Marital Property law. This law assumes that property used by a couple during the course of a marriage is jointly owned unless specified otherwise. If you wish to remain the sole owner of the property and do not intend to convey any interest in the property to your spouse, steps must be taken prior to and during your marriage to assure that this occurs. If, however, you intend for your spouse to share in the ownership of the property, there are a number of ways a married couple can hold title, each having distinct legal implications.

As you can see, it is best to seek the help of an attorney to draft a deed that will accomplish your goals.

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1. What help can the Register of Deeds office provide for drafting real estate documents?
2. I have been told I need to get a legal description of my property. Where may I obtain one?
3. I paid off a Federal Income Tax Lien, but it still appears on my credit report. Why?
4. We recently paid off the mortgage on our home. When will we get a new deed showing that we no longer owe the bank anything?
5. I am considering purchasing a parcel of real estate. How can I find out what liens, if any, have been filed against it?
6. Can I do my own title search?
7. Can the Register of Deeds tell me if I have clear title?
8. How do I change my deed so that it reflects my married name?
9. If one trustee of a trust dies, is it necessary to take any immediate action?
10. If I purchase property that is from a larger parcel that is being split, will I receive a tax bill?