Information to Give Public Notice of Death of Record Owner
It may be desirable to consult with your attorney or legal advisor because of the legal aspects involved in
changing the public record of ownership. Questions not addressed by this information sheet must be directed to
your legal advisor or attorney. THE LAW PROHIBITS THIS OFFICE FROM GIVING LEGAL
Documents that frequently record to give public notice of death of record owner are:
DECREE ESTABLISHING FACT OF DEATH
This procedure requires a court action to be filed. The CERTIFIED COPY of the resulting court action is recordable. Property in CALIFORNIA must be probated in California.
AFFIDAVIT OF DEATH
- This form can be obtained at most stationary stores or from a local title company and must be completed before recording.
- An ORIGINAL CERTIFIED COPY of the DEATH CERTIFICATE must accompany the completed form. This certified copy is available from the county where the death occurred.
These are the most frequently used documents that are recorded to remove a deceased person’s interest and thus clear record title.
A PRELIMINARY CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP REPORT must accompany each document that changes title to property Questions regarding this form are to be addressed to the Assessor’s Office. Their phone number is 760-482-4244.
The fee for recording the document is:
- First page exactly 8.5 " x 11" $14.00
- Each additional page exactly 8.5 " x 11" $3.00.
- Penalty fee applies for all pages of a document if any one page is not exactly 8.5 " x 11". Pages may not exceed 8.5 " x 14" $3.00