Case Studies

Dual Assessment – property given 2 tax assessment numbers and sold

When property owners own multiple properties, they sometimes request the Assessor to issue a bulk assessment for them. To do so, the Assessor cancels the individual property assessment numbers and assigns a single ‘bulk’ assessment number to the multiple properties and bills accordingly. This, however, sometimes causes problems, as it… Read More

Encroachment – House Encroaching on Neighbor’s Property

The Firm recently resolved a lender’s policy claim involving the encroachment of a structure onto a neighboring tract. In this case, the property owner’s home encroached over the property line of her neighbor (her son). When the owner died, the loan fell into default, and the Bank commenced foreclosure proceedings.… Read More

Lack of Access – Owner unable to access property from road

The Firm recently resolved a significant title issue involving lack of access to a property. In this case, a family owned a large tract of land that fronted a public highway. The Parents donated a one-acre tract to the rear of their property to one of their children. The Child… Read More

Missing Ownership – Child Borrowed Parent’s Money to Purchase a Home

In a recent case, a Child borrowed money from a Parent to buy a home. To secure repayment, the Parent took a one percent ownership interest in the home to ensure that he would have notice if the Child ever tried to mortgage or sell the Home. But the Act… Read More

Missing Ownership – Death of Mortgage Holder with No Succession

In a recent case, a husband and wife with numerous children owned a home subject to a mortgage. The husband passed away, and no succession was ever opened. Nevertheless, the wife refinanced the loan secured by the existing mortgage with a new loan and mortgage. By oversight the closing firm… Read More