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one of the alleged title holders didnt sign the deed? is there a dispute about ownership?
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Q: When two people sign quit claim deeds for jointly owned properties but one of them fail to file theirs: What happens?
A: If a quit claim deed is not recorded, then the public (including the county and state) will not be aware the title has changed hands. Accordingly, so far as the public is concerned, there is no such quit claim deed, and the owner who gave the quit claim deed is still the record owner. This obviously affects who the county holds liable for property taxes. It also means the person who gave the unrecorded quit claim deed can give a deed to another person, or he can take out a mortgage on the property, etc.
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