I live in Fl. and my ex lives in KY. He forged my name on a deed, had it notarized, and sold the home and 2 lots for $700. Do I have a case?

In 1999 my ex sent me a quick claim deed to sign but I refused. Today, I am in the process of writing a will when I went to check the deed records of the home and discovered I had no home. My ex forged my name on the deed and sold it for $700 but it doesn’t say to whom. It clearly states on the deed that selling the home for less than it is worth is a class D felony. It states in our divorce papers that when the residence is sold and the mortgage paid, any $ left over will be divided between us. We agreed to use the $ from the sale of the house for college tuition for our sons.

Asked on July 1, 2009 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I absolutely do not understand how there could be a valid deed that doesn't say who the title is going to.  I'm not a Kentucky attorney (or a Florida lawyer), but it just doesn't fit basic land records law as it's set up anywhere in this country that I've ever heard of.

The class D felony is the least of it, here.  Your ex-husband, based on what you've said, appears to have perpetrated a massive fraud on you (and your sons) here, and you can't let him get away with it.

You must get a copy of the forged signature instrument to an attorney, right away, for detailed advice about what to do next to protect and enforce your rights, based on all of the facts of your case (as much as you know, as of now).  One place to find a lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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