Milwaukee, WI asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Wisconsin

Q: Deed stolen to deceased relative home. Hear they are putting their name on deed. What are our options?

Person has deed and abstract to house- without permission. They are not related or family. They are telling people they are getting the house. Children living did not okay this. Home owner has been deceased for 8 years. What can we do to make sure this doesn’t happen?

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Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller
  • Madison, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: The value in a deed is in the recording of the deed - not the possession of the deed. You just can't write your name on a recorded deed and take the property. Assuming the deed was properly recorded, the only way to change title is to record a new deed. If any subsequent deed is fraudulent it could be challenged.

Thomas B. Burton agrees with this answer

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