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Resolving Title Issues

Resolving Title Issues

One of the most common issues we deal with is registering land our clients already occupy into their name. These situations often arise when people inherit land from their parents, or purchase it themselves without the assistance of a lawyer. What all of these situations have in common is that the client needs ‘title’ to their land, as they do not have any or the proper documentation to demonstrate their ownership of the land.


What is ‘title’?

Title is evidence, usually by way of a registered deed or Bill of Sale, that you own the land in question.

Why do I need ‘title’ to my land?

While many people occupy and unofficially own their property for years or even decades, eventually most people seek to sell their property or pass it on to a loved one in their Will. In order to do that, the person has to demonstrate ownership of that land.

I don’t know if I have title to my land - what do I do?

The best thing to do is make an appointment with a lawyer, and explain to them the history of the property. It always helps to bring in any documentation that you have about the land in question. Sometimes, we meet with clients and help them realize that they do in fact have clear title to their land!

I do not have clear title - how do I get it?

Resolving title issues depends on the situation. There are many solutions to title issues, all of which involve working closely with our clients to find a solution that best fits their needs. Often, we will have to do some detective work and speak to people in your community about the historical ownership and occupation of the property. We then prepare various documents which can include Declarations of Ownership, Deeds of Confirmation and Affidavits of Long Possession that outline the history of the occupation of the property to establish ownership by way of historical occupation of the property.

How much does resolving title issues cost?

As each title issue is different, the costs vary depending on what is needed to remedy the particular issues with your land. However, our policy at Jewer Law Office is to work closely with our clients to ensure that they are aware of the costs before we proceed with the required work for the client.
Disclaimer: This article is provided as an information resource. This article should not be relied upon to make decisions and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified legal professional. In all cases, contact a legal professional for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making decisions. Any use of this document does not constitute a lawyer-client relationship. Please note that this information is current only to the date of posting. The law is constantly changing and always evolving.

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