Married Name on Deed
To change the deed so that it reflects your married name you are not required to take any
action. When you go to sell the property, just indicate on the deed, for example: "Mary Smith,
nka (now known as) Mary Jones hereby grants.etc."
If it is important to you to make this change, then it is best to seek the help of an attorney
to draft a deed from yourself to yourself. Sometimes people who are knowledgeable about real
estate matters draft their own Quit Claim Deed. Here is a link to
various deed forms.
The entire document must be legible and black ink must be used so that the document will scan
properly. Instructions about instruments of conveyance are on my website - see
It is in your best interests to have the deed recorded. See recording fees on our
recorded documents fee page.
If the deed is only from yourself (old name) to yourself (new name) then you will not need to
fill out a Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer return if you place these words on the deed: "Exempt
as per 77.21(1)."
If you also wish to convey the property from yourself (old name) to yourself (new name) and
another person such as your spouse, then you must use a deed. To record the deed, it must be
accompanied by a completed Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Return form.