I had a contract to have property transferred to me from my step-mom through a quitclaim. The title was put in my name before the contract was fulfilled so I could get a refi loan. Until I paid my step-mom, completing the contract, I had no rights to the property and the property would go back to her if I could not pay her within a specified time. She had a doberman that bit someone passing by (still unclear how, but probably with its head above the fence) when she was out of town and her brother was staying there, while title was in my name. Months later, I fulfilled the contract and moved in. The lady who was bit has been trying to sue my stepmom's brother but none of them are anywhere to be found. Now she wants to sue me for being the "owner". Am I liable?To make things even more complicated, the original quitclaim deed was considered invalid by the mortgage company when I was originally trying to get the loan at the time of the incident. I was not the "a fee" owner, according to them and the property remained in my step-mom's and deceased father's trust. Some things needed to be taken care of at the county recorder's office, including submitting my father's death certificate to take the property out of the trust and make me the "a fee title owner". This was done about a month after the dog bite. I would help this lady find my step-mom and her bother because they were bad people. But, basically once they were paid for the property they skipped town, literally, to Mexico I think. But now basically she is telling me to find my step-mom and her brother or she's going to go after me.
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