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Ohio Deeds: Survivorship Deeds

A survivorship deed is a deed conveying title to real estate into the names of two or more persons as joint tenants with rights of survivorship. Upon the death of one owner, the property passes to and vests in the name of the surviving owner or owners.

Please also see the Franklin County Deeds tab of this guide for information about the County Auditor and Recorder's Offices and their role in transfer and recording of real estate.

How to fill out the deed forms from the Franklin County Law Library: 

1) Read the entire form carefully. You will get a good idea of what goes in each blank by reading what comes before and after the blank.

2) Enter all the names of the current owners of the property as the "first party" on the deed. These are the grantors.

3) Enter all the names of the persons you want to be owners of the property as the "second party" on the deed. These are grantees. Note: if you are adding a name to the deed, you list the current owner and the new owner both as "second party".

4) In the blank asking for the described parcel of land, enter the legal description of the property from the prior deed. You can obtain a clean cpy of the legal description from the Franklin County Recorder's Office.  You can then label the legal description "Exhibit A" and write "See Attached Exhibit A" in the blank. (You cannot just attach the entire prior deed because conveyance standards prohibit multiple grantor/grantee clauses in one deed.)

5) Each grantor must sign the deed in front of a notary public. There is a notary at the Franklin County Auditor's Office. Each deed that transfers real estate must start the process at the Auditor's Office.

6) The deed is filed at the Franklin County Recorder's Office.

Franklin County Auditor

373 S. High St., 19th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Documents that transfer real estate must start the transfer process with the Franklin County Auditor because DTE 100 or DTE 100EX must be completed. If a homestead exemption is requested, then DTE 101 must also be completed.