Can a transfer on death deed get transferred into my name without me signing any document?
1 attorney answer
The transfer on death affidavit or deed conveys the property to you. Unless you did a "qualified disclaimer" within 9 months of you father's death, title vests in you. That is why someone is demanding that you sell it to them. Title can vest in you without you signing anything (although there is some paperwork to be done for you to have the actual deed evidencing your title), but it can not vest in anyone else without your signature unless the taxing authorities initiate a foreclosure action. I'm curious why you wouldn't want them ... sell one to get enough money to fix the other one, and either keep it as a rental or sell it and get the money. It seems to me you are being very short-sighted. I would suggest that you pay for an appointment with an expert probate lawyer, or perhaps better yet a real estate title specialist, to review the situation and figure out our options. You may decide to do nothing, but at least you will know.
Mr. Huddleston is an Ohio-Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, with offices in Columbus and Dayton, serving client families and private business owners throughout Ohio. Mr. Huddleston responds to Avvo questions as a public service to help educate and provide general guidance to questioners, but his responses are not legal advice and do not create an attorney-client relationship.