All you need to know is that any time you make a change in your real estate status, you need a real estate deed of one type or the other for the transaction to be valid. Deeds are needed even if you are not buying or selling property. If you add or delete a name from the title, you need a new deed. However, you cannot just delete a name from a deed without that persons permission. They have to agree to be removed from the deed, sign the deed, and have their signature notarized.
You do not need to hire a lawyer to help you through the steps of conveying real property. All the tiny details can confound you if you try to do it on your own without the proper form. Sometimes there are nuances such as joint tenants with rights or tenants in common. These might sound like the same thing but they are not. Then there are variations such as rights of survivorship.
The information you provide must be accurately described when recording in the public records and the steps you take must be done properly. Therefore, it is essential that you select the right kind of deed for transferring your property.
If a family member wants to transfer property to another member of the family, a gift deed might be needed. This assures the grantee that the property is his or hers even if no money has exchanged hands.