This is the first post in our series discussing quiet title actions in Olympia or Tacoma, Washington. Actions to “quiet title” are sometimes necessary to establish ownership of real property. Quiet title actions can arise during the purchase or sale of real estate, but also arise in boundary disagreements or disagreements among people who own property together. Our goal in this series is to provide property owners with information about when a quiet title action may be useful or necessary and to describe the process to correct title problems. Consulting with an experienced real property attorney can assist owners who are navigating this process. If you are involved in a property dispute and need assistance, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will address several key topics in this series, including:
- The types of issues that could lead to a quiet title action
- The need to retain an attorney to assist with the process
- What to expect in a quiet title action
Property disputes are not uncommon and are often very frustrating. Understanding the types of problems or clouds on title that can be resolved through a quiet title action is important for property owners who may not know how to even begin to address some problems. Second, in many cases, an adverse claim can delay or prevent the sale of property or negatively impact a property’s value. This is called a “cloud on title” – and it is something to avoid even if you aren’t planning to sell or refinance your land any time soon. In these situations, retaining a real estate lawyer can ensure that the problem is corrected and the appropriate documentation is recorded on your behalf. Finally, it is important to have a general understanding of the legal process to quiet title if your property rights are being disputed.
Our Olympia firm has experience in real estate matters, including quiet title actions. If you are involved in an ownership dispute, contact us today for assistance. Our firm also services the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, and Chehalis, the King County cities of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.