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What is a quiet title action?

Louisiana residents like yourself may need a little help when it comes to dealing with real estate law, which can be complex and full of terms that don't come up in any other situation. We at Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP., work to bring clarity to the situation, defining potentially complex terms and providing insight where needed.

One term you my come across is referred to commonly as a quiet title action. This term will come up if you're in the middle of a property dispute, as the action is used to "quiet" any other claims or challenges to the title that you're currently seeking. This can apply to either personal property that has a title, or real property. As a note, real property is defined as property and structures that are "affixed to the land". This includes buildings, which is the number one thing people consider when dealing with real estate. However, it can also include crops, ponds, mines, wells, machinery, and more.

Quiet title action can come from any of the following sources:

  • A possessor suing to get the title in their name
  • Treaty disputes or surveying errors
  • Issues with taxes
  • Forged deeds or coerced deeds

Essentially, any situation which causes the ownership of real property or land to be possibly defective or incorrect can be cause for a complaint or a quiet title action to be filed. This is particularly true if the property title has been left ambiguous from the start, leaving room for misinterpretations.

When it comes to dealing with an action to a quiet title, knowing the definitions and legal intricacies of this action will allow you to move through the process much more quickly. This can save you time, energy, and money in the long run.

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