I just don't know how to ask this. I inherited my mother's house, and during her lifetime some sort of shady real estate
action happened in her neighborhood involving a lot of people and the town and county government. My neighbors
divided a lot of land among themselves. The details are being hidden, probably in a social services file. I can't find out about the title of a strip of land that is my very long driveway. There's a tax roll number with no corresponding tax payer. I've spent a lot of money litigating before I know I was being deceived since 2007. I have done a lot of research. I realize now that I have an abstract of title which probably had title insurance attached to it. That was removed and replaced with a map of the neighborhood. My father was the premier broker/appraiser in the county 30 years ago. It is likely he had title insurance, but I can't get anyone to tell me where to find out if it was insured in 1973. It is likely that the title insurance company doesn't exist, and I hope merged with some other company. My best guess it was Albany Title Co. but it could have been Chicago Title Company. At least that is where I would start. Do you have any ideas how I can track this down. It's a small community and EVERYONE in the real estate and law business seems to have some sort of exposure to this nasty deal. I am facing having to file an Article 15 to quiet title, and it would be nice to be insured.
JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: I've tried asking abstract companies, lawyer, the lawyer who now owns the abstract company, the person who did my title search, and the State of NY. No help. No answer.
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: New York
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Oh, yes, my lawyer lost the lawsuit so badly he rewrote NYS law. I fear going forward with him, but I don't know where to turn at this point. I just fear a countersuit at this point.