The attorneys at Schorr Law, APC recently obtained Court approval to enter a quiet title judgment clearing a decades old lien from property owned by one of Schorr Law’s clients. Schorr Law’s ability to successfully persuade the Court to clear the lien from the Property was a major victory for its client because most title companies would have been reluctant to grant title insurance on the Property as long as the old lien remained on title.
We have come to find that the situation in that case, where improper liens remain on property, happens more than people would like to think. In the past year alone, Schorr Law, APC has handled multiple cases in Los Angeles County where its clients have had property with old liens that they have good reason to believe should have been cleared from their property but the lienholders simply failed to record reconveyances for the deeds of trust underlying the liens. As a result, such property owners often encounter difficulty when going to sell their property because the liens cloud title to the property.
In such a circumstance, the attorneys at Schorr Law, APC have developed numerous methods to attempt to remedy the situation. The most complex but effective method is to sue to quiet title to the property. The purpose of a quiet title action is to finally settle and determine the parties’ conflicting claims to the property and to obtain a declaration from the Court of the interest of each party. (City of Santa Maria v. Adam (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 266.) In other words, if a client has reason to believe that a lien on their property is improper, the property owner can petition the court to issue a judgment declaring that the lien is null and void.
The fact is that real estate property dealings are complex and often a lienholder or property owner simply fails to follow up on making sure that the lien is no longer on title after the obligation has been satisfied. Unfortunately, a lienholder’s simple failure to reconvey a deed of trust can have devastating effects on the state of the property even decades laterwhen the owner of the property wishes to sell the property.
The attorneys at Schorr Law, APC have years of experience pursuing quiet title judgments for property owners in Los Angeles County. For help with your real estate claim or for a 30 minute consultation, contact us by filling out our contact form on the right hand side of this page or by emailing us at or by calling us at 310-954-1877.