How to Determine Legal Ownership of Quitclaimed Land

When it comes to quitclaimed land, as in this reader’s case, you won’t have legal ownership of the title if your relative didn’t have legal ownership to begin with. Q: My husband’s mother inherited land from a family member and isn’t allowed to sell it. We moved onto an acre of it with a mobile home because we were told we couldn’t build a home on it. His parents then realized they had to pay taxes on the land we lived on and had a quitclaim deed written up giving my husband the acre of land. Can we build our house on the quitclaimed land now? Would his mother have any rights to our home? Can she take back the acre of land she quitclaimed to my husband? We’ve lived on the land for over three years.

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How to Determine Legal Ownership of Quitclaimed Land