Quit Claim (Deed)

A release or relinquishing of all one's claims -- typically to a piece of land -- without guaranteeing the title. In genealogy this often appears in a “quitclaim deed” that releases or transfers all actual or implied rights, title, and interests in real estate by one person to another so as to provide clear ownership, such as when siblings settle their parents’ homestead property that all shared by inheritance, but one sibling either purchases or is chosen to take sole title. In other cases, the grantor may be relinquishing his improvements to land which he did not own (see Squatter).