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When can quiet title actions be used?

Property owners use quiet title actions for all sorts of disputes. In many cases when ownership of a property is contested, a Pennsylvania resident may file a quiet title action in court to obtain undisputed ownership of the property. These actions are used to clear away any doubt as to who owns the property, and can involve contesting the claims of other parties or simply demonstrating that no other party has a valid claim to the property.

Per the Legal Dictionary, quiet title actions can be brought if the parties involved dispute the boundaries of the property. You might have an opposing party who claims ownership over several square feet of the property. You might even find over the course of the legal contest that the initial survey of the property was in error, or you could know there were problems with the survey to begin with and filed the action on that basis.

There are also instances where property is conveyed to another party by fraudulent means. You might dispute the ownership claim of another party believing that the land deed was forged and cannot stand up to the scrutiny of the law. In some cases, a deed might be real, but the means of obtaining it was unlawful. A malicious party might have coerced the previous owner into handing over a property deed.

Other quiet title actions are brought to clear away ambiguities. Some properties may be unoccupied for a prolonged period of time, and it is not clear if someone has some stake in the property that you do not know about. A quiet action can clear away any lingering questions about the property and make sure that you possess the sole rights to it. In other instances, a property owner has died and did not sell off the property, but instead left it to an heir in a last will and testament. A quiet title helps ensure that there are no other claimants to the property.

This article is written only to inform readers about quiet title actions. It should not be taken as legal advice or counsel.

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