Jacksonville Quiet Title Attorney
There’s a lot to do when selling a home or other piece of property. There are inspections, surveys, repairs, advertising, financing, negotiations. By the time you get to closing, both sides have invested significant amounts of time, money and energy in the proposed purchase and sale. It’s a shame (and an expensive lesson) when the deal falls through at closing because the seller can’t provide the buyer with marketable title. The only way to clear a cloud on a title is through litigation with a suit to quiet title. Your closing agent can’t clear the title. You need a knowledgeable and experienced real property litigation attorney who will take the necessary steps to establish your ownership of the property and quiet all the claims that any others may have to the land. In Jacksonville, attorney Daniel M. Copeland is your lawyer for quiet title suits in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns County. Learn more about suits to quiet title below, and contact Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. if you’ve hit a snag in your Jacksonville real property sale.
How suits to quiet title in Florida work
if someone else, whether an individual or financial institution, has a claim to some or all of the property, the title has a cloud on it, and your buyer likely won’t be able to get a mortgage until the title is clear. Similarly, a cash buyer is not likely to go through with the purchase of a property with a cloud on the title, for fear they may be drawn into litigation down the road and lose the property or be liable to another.
You may have purchased property with a cloud on the title and not known about it, because the claim did not show up on a title search. Now that you are selling, a more modern or more diligent search has turned up a problem prior to closing, and you must act quickly to resolve the issue or risk losing the buyer.
A quiet tile suit establishes your ownership in the property and “quiets the title” against all others; it is basically a legal, judicial determination that no others have a claim to the property that would defeat your right to it. Before you sell, you have to be able to show you own the property free and clear of any liens, encumbrances or claims such as:
- A loan against the property
- A lien filed against the property as collateral
- A construction lien
A title search may turn up the cloud but still not provide any useful information on whether lien was ever paid off or if it is still good or who owns it, etc. A suit to quiet title is the way to get these questions resolved. Quiet title suits take a great deal of research and knowledge of the law. Your attorney must review county records as well as court cases and laws. Your lawyer has to build a solid case that enables the court to declare that the seller is the sole owner of the property. In Jacksonville, attorney Daniel M. Copeland has more than 15 years of experience in quiet title suits and other real property litigation. He’ll provide the advice and representation you need to make sure your real property transaction concludes successfully.
Call Jacksonville Attorney Daniel M. Copeland for Quiet Title Suits in Duval County
For representation and assistance in suits to quiet title in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties, contact Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. in Jacksonville at 904-482-0616.