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Quiet Land Title

Posted by ESC on April 14, 2003

In Reply to: Quiet Land Title posted by James Briggs on April 14, 2003

: : Any idea as to what a "quiet land title" might be?

: : Thanks in advance for any information.

: A guess. A 'land title' is an expression of ownership of a piece of land - I hold the 'title deeds' to my house. Some people might wish their ownership to be kept secret, thus their ownership is described as 'quiet', a bit like a 'sleeping partner' in a firm.

This is from a book of legal terms in the U.S.:

QUIET TITLE - "a suit in equity brought to obtain a final determination as to the title of a specific piece of property. A quiet title is distinguished from an action to 'remove cloud on title,' which is brought to determine and resolve problems of 'instruments' conveying a particular piece of land, rather than to resolve the actual claims to that land. Example: Evan believes he is the rightful owner of a parcel of land, but there is a question concerning the transfer of the land 25 years ago. In order to satisfy any doubts so that he may sell the property, Evan brings a 'quiet title' action to confirm his ownership by judicial decree." From "Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms," Third Edition, by Steven H. Gifis.