You signed a quit claim deed. It was not notarized in front of you. The witness to your signature signed a false name.
You do not say that your signature was, in fact notarized, but if it was, the notary is acting incorrectly to say the least.
You do state that the witness signed a false name. And you know this to be true. Does this knowledge make you complicit in whatever the heck is being done by these people? Could someone be attempting to commit some kind of fraud?
I agree that you need an attorney to sort out this situation and your own potential liability.
Resolve, once you have signed a quitclaim, the only way to get the property back is to have the grantee quitclaim it back to you or prove the transfer was invalid. If you can prove that you signed the deed under threat, external pressure, or the grantee made you sign by telling you false information, then you can have the quitclaim deed invalidated. For invalidating a deed, consult an attorney in New jersey.
6 Steps to follow in a quit claim deed:
First of all, obtain a quit claim deed form. You can get the form online. You can also obtain it from the office of the local county recorder.
Fill in the names of the grantor and the grantee. If possible address of both the parties has to be filled in.
Signature of the grantor should be there in the form. In some states, signatures of both the grantor and the grantee are required.
A public notary should verify the signature of the grantor. Generally, the grantor has to sign the deed in front of a public notary.
A legal description of the property is a must. This is because of the fact that without the legal description, deed canâ€™t be recorded in the recorderâ€™s office.
In order to make the deed valid, it should be recorded in the recorderâ€™s office.
Good Luck and be careful.
As the grantor be sure the deed uses the partiesâ€™ current legal names. References to â€œformerly known asâ€ should be used to also display the name that is currently on the real estate title. Only the parties' current name need be used in the grantee section.
Resolve, once the deed has been prepared it should be signed in the presence of a notary public or other official who can acknowledge the signature. The deed should then be recorded with the land records or recroder's office in the jurisdiction (county) where the property is located.
Consult your attorney for review.
has a notary myself, there are rules and guidelines that must be followed-
I highly recommend you seek legal council
Patricia " PATTIE" Romano
RE/MAX At Barnegat Bay
31 North Main Street ( RT 9 )
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The Romano Team
Thanks for your question.
This matter has to be addressed by an Attorney since. When you feel something does not seem right it is probably not. Make sure to get one so you have the legal help you need asap.
Ines De La Cruz