For many, homeownership is a dream fulfilled. It's an investment of heart and soul, and one of the most significant financial transactions one will make in a lifetime. But what happens when your property comes into question when the title becomes the subject of a dispute? 

Our team at Engel Professional Association wants to help you through the confusing world of property ownership problems. We're talking about those messy situations where someone challenges your right to own a piece of land. We'll dive into why these disputes happen, how they happen, and most importantly, what you can do about them. This isn't just boring legal stuff; it's your guide to protecting your part of the American dream. 

Common Title Disputes 

Title disputes can arise from a variety of circumstances, but they often share a common root: lack of clarity in the property's title. Here are typical scenarios that lead to these conflicts. 

Public Record Errors 

Misfilings, incorrect indexing, or erroneous legal descriptions are the fodder of public record bloopers. These slip-ups can lead to confusion, where your property's history might not line up with the legal documents that explain it clearly. For instance, a property tax assessment might inadvertently include an adjacent lot's square footage, erroneously inflating your apparent property lines and land value. 


Easements are a puzzle piece of the real estate landscape, often providing the nudge for conflict. An unrecorded easement, allowing another person the right to use your property for a specific purpose, can surface, leaving significant implications for your land rights. 

Boundary Disputes 

Think of your property lines like a legal foundation - if they're moved or changed without documentation, it leads to chaos. Construction projects can inadvertently encroach on your land; fences might be mistaken for lines drawn in stone. But when they cross legal boundaries, they trigger disputes that demand clarity and correction. 

Unknown Liens and Heirs 

A lien is a claim to property bestowed upon a creditor as security for a debt. When these are hidden within the folds of your property's history, or when assumed heirs emerge to contest the course of property succession; this brings forth potential challenges. 

The Case of the Clandestine Deed 

Illegal or fake documents cause problems in property deals. They appoint fake owners or give rights that don't exist, making the real owner's claim subject to legal review. 



Resolving Title Disputes

Knowing your stuff is crucial when your property is being argued over. Figuring out how to dispute these arguments is like giving back the title to the rightful owner. 

Quiet Title Lawsuits 

Proving you legally own your property is the main goal of a quiet title lawsuit. It's like clearing up any uncertainties about who really owns it. People who make unclear claims to your property have to prove they're right or give up their claim completely. 

Taking Out the Quitclaim Deed

A quitclaim deed can be beneficial in some title disputes. It relinquishes any former claim on the property, giving the owner's right some clarity. 

Deconstructing Liens 

Releasing liens from your property isn't just about saying it - you need specific documents like a release of lien or judgment and a deed of reconveyance. These papers, written and recorded very carefully, are what you need to clear your property's title completely. 


Time manages when arguments get sorted out. Time limits, how tired the person being sued is, and the short time you have to argue about some issues can speed up or slow down when things get sorted. 

Going the Extra Mile 

Sometimes, the title dispute's resolution demands large efforts. This can include tracking down reluctant co-signers whose signature is the key to unlocking your property's potential without dispute. 

Partnering With Professionals

Managing real estate can be complicated. You might need experts like real estate lawyers, title companies, and insurance companies to help you navigate title disputes. A real estate lawyer can guide you through these disputes using their knowledge of the complex legal rules. 

Title Companies 

A title company isn't just about holding documents; it's the front line for fair property transfers. By doing thorough title searches, they uncover possible issues before they become problems, protecting your investment with legal protection. 

Title Insurance 

Title insurance isn't just a money move. It's financial protection against unexpected title issues, covering losses or fixes for property title mix-ups. 

Proactive Measures to Shield Your Title 

Knowledge is important, but being proactive is like having your legal tools ready. Here's how you can set boundaries to protect your rights from possible arguments. 

Title Searches and Due Diligence  

When you buy property, you need to do a deep search on its history to make sure there are no issues that could cause problems with the ownership rights. 

The Defensive Strategy of Title Insurance 

Title insurance is like a promise for your home - a promise that protects you if there are any issues with who owns the property. It's like a safety net for your finances, making sure you don't lose money if there are unclear or fake claims on the property. 


When you buy or sell a property, the closing is more than just paperwork. It's a promise to keep the property rights clear and clean. 

Real estate title issues are serious - they can be like messy ownership battles. But if you know how they work and how to deal with them, you can protect your rights confidently.

Title Disputes
Attorney Serving
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Your property's title isn't just a legal paper; it's a symbol of your commitment, backed by the law. Take care of it, nurture it, and if needed, defend it with legal help. Your property title isn't just a piece of paper - it's your history, your protection, and your security for what matters most. Our team at Engel Professional Association are here to help you every step of the way.