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What are some common title defects?

This list will give you an idea of the types of title problems which may occur:

  • Defective notarial acknowledgments.
  • Deeds by minors.
  • Inadequate legal descriptions.
  • Easements established through continued use but not discovered by a survey or in the public record.
  • Mistakes in recording legal documents.
  • Mistaken reports furnished from taxing authorities.
  • Misinterpretation of wills.
  • Errors in tax records. (For example, listing payment against wrong property account.)
  • Falsification of records.
  • Deeds to or from defunct corporations.
  • Marital rights of spouse allegedly, but not legally, divorced.
  • Liens or judgments on the property
  • Unresolved code violations