Contributed By McGuireWoods LLP
In Virginia, all forms of property (eg, residential, industrial, offices, retail, hotels) use the same form of deed of conveyance. Section 55-48 of the Virginia Code sets forth the general requirements for a deed of conveyance. At common law, deeds in Virginia required a wax-imprinted seal or scroll. Section 11-3 of the Virginia Code, however, sets forth acceptable substitutes, which include: (i) a “scroll by way of seal”, (ii) an imprint/stamp of a corporate or official seal, (iii) the use in the body of the document of the words “this deed” or “this indenture” or other words recognizing a seal, and (iv) the notarization of the document.