I have the quit claim signed by the co-owner (a Thai citizen), witnessed by two people there and notarized by a Thai lawyer. Is this sufficient to file a quit claim in DeKalb County, Georgia or do I need a US consular stamp in addition?
Generally a deed requires the signature of an unofficial witness, and an official witness (the notary), who verifies that the signatory is who they claim to be and that they saw the document be signed. The most important part of the deed, once the parties to the deed are clarified, is the legal description. If all that is correct, the issue may be whether the Thai notary and seal would be acceptable. As an attorney, chances are it would be fine, but if the seal etc... are in Thai, you may need a certified translation to attach to the document so that the courts here will understand what the Thai statements are and that the position is one higher than just that of a witness. Confirmation with a title company and title insurance would probably benfit and protect you should any complications arise.
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I recommend posting your question using Georgia as the location since conveyances are a matter of state law.
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I agree with Mr. Repay but I think you are headed in the right direction. The question will be whether a title insurance company will issue you a policy of title insurance based on this deed, or if and when you sell or want to refinance the property, whether the title insurance company will recognize the deed as placing you in title or not so that you can properly convey title out. Usually the simple answer is that the deed must meet the recording requirements of the jurisdiction in which the land is located (GA), so that needs to be investigated. You might want to start with a title insurance company but when an attorney gets involved then you may be able to hang your hat on the attorney's legal opinion (even if it too is based on advice from a title company).
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