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Lane
Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS
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I have a condo storage unit in bullhead nevada that I

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I have a condo storage unit in bullhead nevada that I purchased and recieved a quick deed from the seller. I get a tax bill in the mail and his wife is still on the title along with me. cannot locate her or him... how do I get her name off title?
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: what do you mean?
JA: What confuses you?
Customer: my name is ***** ***** along with hers
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Customer: I have had this condo 10 years
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Tax
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
bullhead city arizona
Expert:  Lane replied 9 months ago.

Hi,

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There are really two options here;

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(1) Get her to sign an quit-claim form as well. (All a quit-claim deed does is "quit the claim" that someone has in an ownership interest in an asset)

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If they owned jointly and she did not sign the quit claim or do her own, she technically still have a 50% interest.

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(2) given that you can't locate you'll need to ask the NV court to give you ful ownership under what's called adverse possession, "color of title."

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Nevada adverse possession laws require an individual to occupy an otherwise neglected property publicly for at least 5 years with "color of title" and/or payment of property taxes. ("Color or title" generally means he or she has reason to believe they have the right to possess the property).

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As long as you have been paying the taxes, you will have no problem (you're fortunate in that some state require as many as 20 years of adverse possession)

Expert:  Lane replied 9 months ago.

Here's your legal citation:

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Code Section11.070, 110, 150, 180

Time Period Required for Occupation - 5 yrs. and Color of Title: 5 yrs. and Color of Title/Payment of Taxes: 5 yrs.

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You should start the process by calling the tax assessors office for bullhead. Each jurisdiction is a little different, in terms of process. But from a legal standpoint here you clearly have possession. Some jurisdictions have s simplified method and can even help you with a template for petitioning the court

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One other thought; If you have a quit-claim and they BOTH signed, this should be enough ALONE to get the title changed, but again, if she didn't sign and she was a part owner, you'll have to go the adverse possession route.

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Expert:  Lane replied 9 months ago.