n New York, finding out who owns the land can be tricky. Why? For several reasons. First of all, if someone occupies a piece of land for ten years, the occupant has the right to claim ownership of the piece of land being occupied. Often times, situations such as this, as well as situations for individuals holding other claims to the property are not clearly explained in the title. These ‘clouds’ on the title that call into question the legitimacy and status of a title need to be addressed before purchasing the title to a property.
Title disputes are not limited to neighbors though. A common dispute is one between co-owners of real estate with divergent interests — such as unmarried couples who bought property together, siblings who inherited property, or business partners with joint property.When a loved one passes away and siblings inherit the estate, disputes over who pays property taxes, how much each individual is responsible for paying, and the process for dividing assets can be time consuming and frustrating. Numerous legal and financial issues arise when parties desire to go their separate ways, or when one party fails to contribute to the upkeep or to comply with an agreement relating to ownership.
Since these disputes are land disputes, many clients will be surprised to find that these cases are not heard in the Landlord Tenant Court, but rather are heard before the Supreme Court. Once in court, the number of issues that can arise are vast, including when questions of equities come into play. My office has years of experience resolving disputes and we will be by your side to answer your questions and ensure the best possible outcome. Call today for a free consultation and explanation of your rights.