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Witness Addresses in Conveyance Deeds

B. Elise
01.22.24 01:02 PM Comment(s)

Securing Property Transactions: Florida Statute 695.26 Amendment Demands Witness Addresses in Conveyance Deeds

In a constant effort to adapt to the evolving needs and concerns of its citizens, the state of Florida has recently made a significant amendment to the Florida Statutes. This change, specifically to FL Statute 695.26, aims to address the growing issue of property fraud. Starting January 1, 2024, witness postal addresses are now required in addition to signatures for all conveyance deeds of Florida properties.

Understanding Conveyance Deeds:

A conveyance deed is a legal document used to transfer the ownership of real property from one party to another. This important instrument outlines the details of the property transfer, including the names of the grantor and grantee, a legal description of the property, and the signatures of those involved. Traditionally, witnesses have been required to attest to the validity of the deed by providing their signatures. However, the recent amendment places an additional requirement by mandating the inclusion of witness postal addresses.

National Implications for Deed Handling:

For those handling conveyance deeds in states that do not typically require witness addresses, the recent Florida amendment serves as a noteworthy consideration. While it may not be a standard requirement across all states, inquiring about witness addresses, even in non-witness states, becomes a prudent step to ensure comprehensive documentation.


Manual Addition of Witness Information:

In cases where a state requires witnesses for conveyance deeds but the deed is missing the designated lines for witness information, individuals are advised to add this information manually. This additional step ensures compliance with the amended statute and reduces the risk of the deed being deemed non-recordable due to missing witness addresses.


Consequences of Non-Compliance:

Failure to include witness postal addresses as mandated by the recent amendment can have serious consequences. Deeds that lack this crucial information may be deemed non-recordable, leading to delays and potential legal complications. It is essential for individuals involved in property transactions to stay informed about the latest amendments to statutory requirements to avoid such pitfalls.


The Wrap Up!

The recent amendment to FL Statute 695.26 reflects Florida's commitment to addressing contemporary challenges related to property fraud. By requiring witness postal addresses in addition to signatures for conveyance deeds, the state aims to enhance the security and integrity of property transactions. Individuals handling conveyance deeds, whether in Florida or elsewhere, should be aware of these changes and take proactive steps to ensure compliance, thereby safeguarding the interests of all parties involved in real estate transactions.

B. Elise