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If one relative pays off property that is in another relatives name but theres a signed document giving ownership to the one paying it off. But nothing was ever filed and 2 years has passed and taxes weren't paid since that point.... Do we need a Real Estate Lawyer to file the papers to put property in our name or do we just go to the Courthouse? or a Title Office??
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You should start with a real estate attorney. This factual situation is more complicated than most and the person who made the payment may be at risk for losing their interest to tax sale and/ or other judgment creditors or lien holders. Act fast. Good luck!
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Thanks so much I am gonna start there and see where it leads me. You answers are very much appreciated.
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August 23 2013
I like Rick's answer.
First I would go to a title company and see if they can help.
Most are in some way affiliated with a real estate attorney, so if the escrow officer cannot help, they can refer you to the attorney.
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A Real Estate Lawyer might be needed.  If it were me I would start with a Title Company.  They should be able to either get you taken care of or recommend that you go to an Attorney.

Realtors are often familiar with the different escrow officers at various Title Companies as we work with them consistently.  If you know a Realtor that you trust, you might ask for a recommendation from them.

Best of luck!
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