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What is a quiet title action?

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2021 | Real Estate Law

Real estate disputes are not any fun. They can be financially draining and time consuming to resolve.

Fortunately, a quick fix exists that can efficiently and affordably settle most disputes – it’s known as a quiet title action.

What is a quiet title action?

A quiet title action is a legal mechanism that’s filed with a court. The action seeks to remove a cloud on the title by establishing title solely in the party filing the action. Quiet titles are fairly simplistic, and usually involve only a few documents and pieces of evidence.

When are quiet title actions effective?

Quiet title actions are effective in many different contexts, they may be used to resolve disputes arising from adverse possession, fraudulent conveyance, boundary disputes, surveyor errors, and more.

When can quiet title actions not be used?

Although quiet titles are prized for their versatility, they are not a silver bullet against any issue that might arise during or after a real estate acquisition.

Notably, quiet title actions cannot be used to correct problems with the structure itself. For example, if someone acquires a house only to discover it has a compromised foundation, they can’t bring a quiet title action against the previous owner to resolve the matter.

Although quiet title actions may seem simplistic, they are still complex legal documents that should only be filed with the help of an experienced real estate lawyer.

Real estate law is notoriously slippery, and even seemingly small errors can have catastrophic consequences down the road. Having representation by your side gives you more peace of mind now and less headaches down the road.

If cost is a concern, most lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out of pocket cost to the client.