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Title Insurance Terms & Phrases

Terms and Phrases is Chicago Title's Glossary of definitions, meanings, and descriptions of significance for some of our industry's most often used terms and phrases.

Garnishment
Attachment of personal property of a debtor in the possession of a third person.
General Index
A title company’s record of matters affecting title to land maintained according to names of individuals and entities rather than by real property description.
General Law City
Generally, a city organized under the general law. (Compare "Charter City," supra.)
General Plan Restrictions
Restrictions on use of real property imposed for the benefit of all lots within a subdivision.
Gift
A voluntary conveyance or transfer of property without a valuable consideration.
Gore
A small triangular piece of land.
Gov. Code
Government Code.
Graduated Lease
A lease providing for varying rental rates.
Grant
A transfer of real property by deed.
Grant Deed
A written instrument transferring title to real property.
Grantee
The person acquiring title to real property by a deed.
Grantor
The person transferring title to real property by a deed.
Groin
A structure intended to impede or resist movements of sand adjacent to seas or lakes.
Ground Lease
A lease of land only and not of improvements to be made by lessee.
Ground Rent
Earnings of improved property credited to land separate from its improvements.
Guarantee of Title
A form of title insurance based solely upon public record disclosures.
Guardian
A person appointed by the probate court to care for the person, the property, or the person and property of a minor or an incompetent person.
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