Elizabethton, TN asked in Uncategorized for Tennessee

Q: If someone transfers the car title over to you can they take it

I have the paper where he signed I just haven’t had time to go to the dmv and get it changed over.

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Unsure of your question. Title is not transferred until the State DOS issues a new Certificate of Title. You can claim an ownership interest in a forfeiture proceeding if you timely assert your claim. Getting sued in tort for a wreck is sometimes defended if actual possession is not transferred and the title has not been issued. But it is hard to argue that the car is yours if you do not have a title in your name, no bill of sale, and no possession. Maybe this will help.

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