The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
will be closed
Monday, January 21st
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
To change a name on a deed you generally have to record a new deed. An individual cannot deed to him or herself. The transaction is void because there is no transfer of property, the same person remains the owner. If the deed is in your name alone, and you intend to remain the sole owner despite your change of name, there are two steps you must take. A deed to a third party (a straw deed) using your new name and a formerly known as (FKA) for your old name, must be filed and then a new deed back to you using your new name only. If the deed is in your name alone or has you and your spouse as owners and you intend to have both of your names on the deed, you only need to record one deed using FKA in the grantor clause and your new name in the grantee clause. It is complicated and the Registry strongly recommends that you consult with an attorney before filing a new deed.