Saline, MI asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Michigan

Q: The County Sheriff's office issued to my addresses on number and street that doesn't exist?

When I bought the house in 2000 I closed had a title company paid for title insurance and the owner either committed fraud or just try to get over. The person I bought the house from has adjoining land ,that he said was the easement and I have being using it every since. But I just tried to refinance my house and it didn't match what the address says. How do I get the Sheriff office to change my address when the road doesn't even exist. I am going to request a request for address form for new construction when they built the place and a site plan from the . MCL 565.201 (1) (d). What he did was fraud . I have all the evidence a lawyer would need. If I would need a lawyer who would I sue the landowner that sold us this place, the Abstract company or The title insurance company or the county that issued a wrongful address? I love my place and use the easement that the landowner showed me and plowed for the first two years.

2 Lawyer Answers
David Soble
David Soble
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  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Farmington Hills, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: An experienced real estate attorney will have to see your purchase documents, the title work and the title abstract at the time you purchased the home. These type of cases take time to develop and unwind. To use the term "fraud" is to imply that the seller had a 'willful and knowing disregard for the truth" and to bring a legal action under this premise requires the complainant to meet the highest threshold of proof. Before you draw your own 'legal' conclusions it is best to research the previous conveyances that brings you to your current situation. www.provenresource.com

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
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  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Howell, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Mr Stone is correct and I’m not sure what the Sheriff has to do with any of this.

It is very clear you need to have an experienced local real estate attorney review *all* the paperwork to determine what you actually purchased and where’re or not there is some sort of issue — let alone a valid cause of action in a court.

Fraud is a very difficult thing to prove and it may not be what is going on here even if there is a problem.

Simple mistakes also happen and if approached without accusations you may be able to resolve this without litigation.

Good luck.

Brent T. Geers agrees with this answer

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