When there is a dispute, or it is unclear, as to who owns a piece of real estate, Georgia law allows a person to seek to “quiet title” to that real estate. Essentially, the court will declare who owns the real estate, and whether any liens, easements, security deeds, etc. are valid.
Georgia has two different types of quiet title actions. The first is a “conventional” quiet title action, which only resolves ownership vis-a-vis the particular defendants named in the case. The second type is a quiet title action “against all the world” which will resolve ownership against not only the named defendants, but also against anyone else.
Quiet Title Attorney Jim Fletcher leads the real estate practice at The Fletcher Law Firm, to help people with resolving these disputes quickly, efficiently, and at a minimum of expense.
For a “conventional” quiet title action, the firm generally charges a flat fee of $2,500 plus expenses to review the title report, draft the lawsuit and summons, file it in the Superior Court, perform an initial search to locate each defendant, send the Quiet Title Petition and Summons out for service of process upon each Defendant, monitor any responses, file a Motion for Default Judgment, attend the Default Judgment hearing, and draft and file the Final Judgment in the court and in the land records. This fee may be adjusted upwards or downwards depending upon special circumstances.
For a quiet title action “against all the world”, the firm generally charges a flat fee of $4,000 plus expenses for the services listed above, to nominate a Special Master to the Court, to provide the Special Master with a recommended report, and to attend 1 hearing with the Special Master and 1 hearing before the Court if necessary. This fee may be adjusted upwards or downwards depending upon special circumstances.
Our firm will work hard to protect your rights in your property. For help with resolving title problems, clearing title after a tax deed, or solving boundary or survey problems, please call us at (404) 409-5665.