My father in law filed for divorce in January. Back in 2014 his wife signed a quit claim on the house and property so he would lend her money to start a business. Its notarized and all. However he did not file it until a month ago after we found where she hid it. Does it have any worth or is it useless since it was filed after the divorce?
As a general rule, a properly executed deed is effective as to the parties. The date on the deed would be the effective date. The purpose of recordation is notice of the transfer to the world. In a divorce the existence of the deed is essential to prove the transfer but evidence as to facts surrounding the transfer is not admissible. Whether the deed described here will be honored in the divorce cannot be known without examining the document. Home-prepared deeds can be defective in a variety of ways. Nothing short of review by local experienced family or real property counsel will provide the needed assistance.
This general information about the law and legal procedure is offered as a public service, and not intended as legal advice in this or any other case.
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