According to California law, a quitclaim deed is a document that enables you to relinquish and/or transfer real property interest, whether recorded or not, in land and or gas, mineral, or oil rights. Most people who sign quitclaim deeds do so when they are transferring the land to a family member. This is because a quitclaim deed does not "guarantee" the grantor has, in fact, valid ownership of the real estate property. Because the parties involved in gift transfer of ownership of real estate property and in quitclaim deeds are usually close family members, it is not necessary to hire a lawyer. In fact, it is a waste of money to hire a lawyer for something as simple as a quitclaim deed. The best choice is to hire a California registered legal document assistant to prepare your quitclaim deed.