What to do if I recently discovered that someone forged my signature on 2 separate deeds of real estate that I own and transferred them into their name?

Asked on October 29, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

1) You file a police report IMMEDIATELY: this is a major crime, and not only should this person be punished, but filing the report and pressing charges will help you untangle ownership, too, since it will be evidence of the fact that it was a crime. (It would look very odd if you don't file a police report and seek to press charges, and that appearance of a strange omission could bias a court against you.)
2) You bring a legal action on an emergent basis (think "urgent" or "emergency") looking for an injunction (court order) preventing any further transfers of this property; a declaratory judgment, or court determination, that the transfers are void and you are still the owner; and monetary damages or compensation (such as for your legal fees and any other costs or losses you incur). This is not a simple action to file: retain an attorney to help you.


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