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An individual who conveys or transfers ownership of property.

In real property law, an individual who sells land is known as the grantor.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. the party who transfers title in real property (seller, giver) to another (buyer, recipient, donee) by grant deed or quit claim deed. (See: grant)

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GRANTOR. He by whom a grant is made.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"A typical POA document is framed so that the chosen attorney can stand in the grantor's shoes and exercise as many powers as required to look after the grantor's interests.
* The Delivery Requirement Can Be Satisfied, Even When a Condition Is Imposed by the Grantor, When the Proponent of the Deed Can Demonstrate the Grantor Relinquished All Control as to Satisfaction of the Condition Requirement, and the Ability to Revoke the Deed--The requirement for a condition precedent to be satisfied, such as payment for a conveyance of real property, is certainly not unusual; however, instances in which the condition is not to be satisfied until after the death of the grantor may be sufficient to satisfy the delivery requirement of a deed to a grantee.
Because the trust has been created as irrevocable (and provided that none of the powers retained by the grantor would cause estate tax inclusion) it will be respected as a legally valid trust entity for estate tax purposes.
The gun trust gives the successor trustee broad language in order to deal with the grantor's firearms.
Grantor trusts are permitted to use the grantor's Social Security number (SSN) as their TIN [Treasury Regulations section 1.67M(b)(2)(A)].
But for tax purposes, the completed transfer to a trust can be deemed an incomplete gift due to the grantor's retaining certain powers over the trust.
(7) However, subsequent to an inversion of the income tax rates in 1986, (8) many commentators argue that grantor trusts have outlived their usefulness and should therefore be eliminated or drastically reformed.
For example, a revocable living trust is a grantor trust (income taxed to the grantor) and included in the grantor's estate.
The new proposal would include the trust assets in the grantor's estate so that they would be subject to estate taxes.
Another way for a grantor to gain indirect access to trust assets is through loans from the trustee to the grantor's spouse.
The grantor (business owner) creates the GRAT trust and transfers the business to the trust.
(See Q 307 regarding life insurance trusts, Q 844 as to grantor trusts, and Q 310 as to when trust income is taxable to someone other than the grantor, the trust or the beneficiary.) (8)

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