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What is a Quiet Title Action?
The area of real estate law contains many legal terms and, unless you are a Tampa real estate lawyer or real estate broker, you may not understand certain language used. A quiet title action is possibly one of these unfamiliar terms, but is definitely worth taking the time to understand.
According to Cornell University Law School, a quiet title action is a special legal proceeding to determine real estate property ownership. In effect, it is a lawsuit filed by a person claiming property ownership that challenges any other parties with claims to the land. The intended outcome of the action is to clear the title for the person bringing the action thus eliminating the possibility of potential future claims to the property. Situations where your attorney may advise bringing a quiet title action include the following:
- Property purchased at a tax deed sale
- Prior owners who think they may still have a claim to property
- Claims by lien holders
- Conflicts over boundary lines
- Old mortgage issues
- Use of unrecorded easements
- Heirs with claims under intestacy laws
- Administrative mistakes made in recording deeds
Quiet title actions may not resolve ownership issues in all situations involving liens. However, by working with an experienced lawyer who is well-versed in Florida real estate law, you can find out about the viability of pursuing a quiet title action and get legal help to resolve ownership issues.
At Westchase Law, P.A., we have a diverse real estate practice and offer clients legal guidance that can serve all their real estate needs.