A forged deed purporting to transfer real property in the State of California is completely void and an ineffective transfer of title to the grantee (the person purportedly receiving title by way of the forged deed).
In order to record a deed at the county recorder’s office, the deed must be notarized. The Notary public is required to verify the identity of the person signing the deed. This is one measure that is put into place to eliminate the number of forged deeds.
A forged deed is not only void but it also exposes the person who offers the forged deed for recording to felony criminal liability. Obviously, this is a serious matter.
In our practice the way to deal with a forged deed is to file a quiet title action seeking to quiet title and declare the forged deed void. Of course, it is a good idea to make sure, before you file such a case, that you have good evidence that the quitclaim deed or grant deed is in fact forged. Such evidence could include testimony from the alleged notary public that they did not notarize it, evidence that the notary public does not exist or other similar evidence that calls into question the validity of the notary seal.
For a free consultation for a dispute involving a forged deed, contact the real estate attorneys at Schorr Law, APC, www.schorr-law.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-954-1877.