At the Law Offices of Harry Steven Ellman, we specialize in real estate law, offering over 40 years of legal expertise to residents of Southeast Michigan, including Farmington Hills, Oakland County, and Wayne County. As a trusted real estate lawyer, I, Harry Steven Ellman, am committed to providing personalized and expert legal advice to my clients. My firm, serving the community since 1971, is well-versed in handling a variety of legal matters, including real estate law, property litigation issues, legal disputes, and business law operations.
What Is a Quiet Title?
A quiet title action is an essential legal procedure used to establish ownership rights to real property, or to affirm other property interests, against one or more adverse claimants. This action is also referred to as a suit to remove a cloud on title, which means any claim or potential claim that opposes the ownership of a property or other property rights. Under MCL 600.3902, a statutory cause of action is provided for filing a quiet title action.
How Do You File a Quiet Title Action in Michigan?
In Michigan, quiet title actions are equitable actions decided by circuit court judges. The plaintiff must file a complaint to establish a superior interest above all other parties claiming an interest in the real property. A successful quiet title action results in a judgment that clearly establishes title in the name of the plaintiff. However, it’s crucial to note that if the aim is to remove individuals residing on the property, a separate eviction proceeding must be filed.
Common reasons for filing a quiet title action include clearing title to property acquired from mortgage or tax foreclosure sales, addressing issues with forged deeds, resolving breaks in the chain of title, and removing invalid or satisfied liens against the property.
If you face a title dispute or need assistance with quiet title issues, our office is here to help. Whether it’s negotiating a resolution before litigation or filing a quiet title action, we aim to establish the correct title to your property against adverse claimants. Our success ensures that claims of other potential interest holders are forever barred. The Law Offices of Harry Steven Ellman are available Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm, and by appointment on weekends. As a top Detroit Metropolitan Area law office, recognized by Expertise.com among the top 20 out of 450 Real Estate Lawyers, we are equipped to handle your legal needs. For a consultation, feel free to contact us at (248) 871-7958.