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If preliminary change of ownership was filed incorrectly, would that void or invalidate the quitclaim deed recorded?

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Seller incorrectly signed his own signature as a new owner instead of buyer's signature (at the end of second page of the form). Buyer does not agree with the reason for the transfer. Would this error on report invalidate or void the quitclaim deed just recorded? What does seller need to do? Or what buyer can do to fix the error in case seller does not comply?

Buyer and seller information on first page was filled out correctly.

Attorney Answers 3

  1. That is what is known as a "scrivener's error". You may file a correction deed to correct the mistake.

    If this answer was helpful, please mark it as helpful or as a best answer. This answer is for general education purposes only. It neither creates an attorney-client relationship nor provides legal guidance or advice. The answer is based on the limited information provided and the answer might be different had additional information been provided. You should consult an attorney.

  2. No, the Preliminary Change of Ownership Report (PCOR) has nothing to do with title. The PCOR is used by the County Tax Assessor's Office for purposes of asertaining the proper amount of property taxes owed following the change in title. Therefore, an erroneous PCOR would not void or invalidate an otherwise validly recorded quitclaim deed.

    Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice for a particular case. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, please consult with your own attorney.

  3. I agree with both lawyers responses. The Report is simply a report to the assessor's office about the character of the transfer and it provides some other pertinent information and does not affect the deed. However p, if for some reason there is some material mistake on the deed then a "correction" deed should be recorded to clear it up.

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