Sorry, I should have been more specific. In order t remove you from the Deed, the deed (Quitclaim, or any other deed) would have to be signed by you as well. It would be a transfer from you and your partner, to your partner alone and both you and your partner would have had to sign the deed. It would contain language something like the following:
You and P,
You and P would sign the Deed. Your signature is absolutely necessary because an owner may not unilaterally sign a Deed to himself and remove the name of a joint-owner. If this was not done and you did not sign the Deed, then there was no legal transfer to him alone.
If you did, in fact, sign the Deed conveying your interest to him, then there are only two ways that your name can be put back on the Deed:
1. If you ask him and he does this voluntarily; Or
2. If he does not want to sign a Deed conveying half interest back to you, then the only alternative you have is to file a lawsuit against him and allege that this was an invalid transfer because you did not receive any consideration in exchange for transferring your interest. I would not mention that it was done because you owed money to the IRS because a Judge would not condone the transfer and he would leave it as is.
I realize that a lawsuit is not the best solution and it would certainly put a strain on any relationship, but it is the only way to get your name back on the Deed,
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