Does a quitclaim deed have to be recorded to be valid in the state of Florida?
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It sounds like you have multiple issues going on here. First, the recording of the deed is only necessary as it pertains to notice to third parties. That is, to the extent that it was not recorded, third parties who may claim an interest in the property may be able to maintain their action regardless of the deed since they had no notice by virtue of the failure to record. At the same time, even if it was recorded, depending upon the basis for the Lis Pendens, it may not have mattered. If for example the quit claim deed was intended to avoid a Lis Pendens based upon a mortgage, it would be of no effect becuase the lender's interest is superior. The foregoing was not intended as legal advice and was merely informational. I would suggest you get a lawyer.