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Case Type Quiet Title Skills Developed Courtroom Experience/Investigation/Legal Drafting

Case #18-0042441

Client seeks title to the property where she has lived for over 25 years. Client entered into a written lease-purchase contract with a real estate company in July 1993. The real estate company claimed it was acting as an agent for the record owner, who died in 1999; however, no proof of this relationship can be found. Client completed the terms of the contract and attempted to settle title with the real estate company in 1996. On the date of settlement, the real estate company asserted there was an outstanding mortgage on the property and that client needed to continue making payments to the real estate company. No deed in client’s name was ever executed or recorded. Client stopped making payments to the real estate company in February 1998. In July 1998, the mortgage company initiated foreclosure action against the record owner and the owner of the real estate company as an individual, who both could not be located or served. With the help of legal services, client intervened and avoided foreclosure by asserting legal and equitable ownership of the property and filing for bankruptcy. In August 2004, client successfully concluded her bankruptcy case, and the mortgage was satisfied in October 2004. In 2013, the owner of the real estate company was sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud and has since been released. Client has not had any communication with the record owner, the real estate company, or anyone acting on their behalf since 1998. Client has been paying all utility bills and real estate taxes in her own name since filing for bankruptcy. A volunteer is needed to assist client in obtaining title to the property by filing a quiet title claim based on adverse possession under the 21-year statutory period. Client is Spanish speaking; a translator is available upon request.