My stepsister came to me and asked me to get my attorney, which at the time was working on my case to get my fifty percent of some property, to help her get an attorney to help get twenty five percent of the same property out of a trust that a church had, and in exchange for that she would get the property signed over to me. My attorney got a lawyer to help her for free and get the property out of the trust, and when it came time to sign the fifty percent of the over to me she said that she didn't say to me and my attorney that she would do that. Now I have fifty percent and so does she.
Agreements regarding real estate must be written to be enforced.
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When it comes to giving or receiving land it generally needs to be in writing to make it binding. There are some exceptions, but they're very rare. I suspect your attorney told you something to this affect, but you might not have heard it.
There may be more to your question that I didn't pick up, but if the main question is whether or not a verbal agreement for a land transfer (regardless of who heard it) will stand up in court, the answer is generally "no."
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