This is the final post in my series discussing quiet title actions in Olympia or Tacoma, Washington. My goals in this series have been (1) to describe when a quiet title action may be necessary and the process to resolve competing claims to ownership and (2) to emphasize the importance of consulting with an experienced real property attorney to assist when a dispute arises. If you are involved in a property dispute and need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have discussed 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
It is important to understand these matters before trying to correct issues of title or disputed claims of ownership. First, an owner involved in a dispute about ownership should understand how the adverse claim may be resolved through a quiet title action. The rules in such proceedings often defy common sense, so it is best to consult with an attorney early on to prevent missteps that can cause problems later. Second, ownership claims by third parties can delay or prevent attempts to develop, sell, or refinance the property. They can also result in decreases in property values. Engaging a knowledgeable real property attorney to represent your interests in a dispute may help you resolve the matter quickly and avoid costly mistakes. Last, understanding of the legal process to quiet title may help you understand your options if you are faced with a dispute.
My Olympia firm has experience in real estate matters, including quiet title actions. If you are involved in an ownership dispute, contact me today to speak with an attorney. The 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.