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When is a quiet title action appropriate?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | Real Estate Law

A property’s title is a vital document that can serve as proof of ownership rights. After buying a home or other types of real estate, you usually transfer the title under your name, making you its new owner. Since a title has crucial functions, it could be troublesome if the document has issues or defects, impacting its legal soundness.

There are options to address these concerns in certain situations, such as a quiet title action. This type of civil court lawsuit works by settling issues or disagreements involving a property’s title, allowing you to establish your rights as the owner clearly. This option could be necessary in specific scenarios, including the following:

  • Removing claims of ownership on the property if it is part of a deceased person’s estate
  • Addressing unpaid liens left on the property, usually by a previous owner
  • Making the property fit for sale if there are unexplainable periods when it had no occupants
  • Resolving legal concerns involving the property, such as quitclaim deeds, adverse possession or easements
  • Settling disputes involving boundary lines concerning private parties or government agencies

Other situations may also call for quiet title actions if deemed necessary to clarify vagueness regarding the property’s ownership. Additionally, this lawsuit could be expensive, usually costing at least $1,000 in specific instances. So, it should only be an option if truly needed.

Approaching real estate lawsuits appropriately

If you are in a situation requiring a quiet title action, it could be beneficial to seek legal counsel first. These real estate lawsuits can be complex with varying implications based on the circumstances. Experienced advice can be valuable when determining appropriate options and clarifying issues that can arise along the way.