Can a public notary steal my property land if she has pictures of my property survey?

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Can a public notary steal my property land if she has pictures of my property survey?

My neighbor wants to buy a piece of property land. We went to get a consultation with my neighbors

friend, a public notary. She took a picture of my property’s survey. Can the public notary steal my

property land with my property’s survey?

Asked on June 17, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, not legally. That's not to say she can't try to forge various documents, like your signature on a quitclaim deed to her or other documents showing a transfer of ownership, since almost anyone can *try* to forge whatever documents they want, but if she did this, with your testimony to the contrary and an absence of any other evidence (such as evidence that you were paid for your land) supporting their claim, it is almost impossible to imagine she'd succeed. If she attempted to do this, you'd go to court if necessary and prove it was a forgery or other "theft by paperwork"; you get a court order voiding whatever was done, be able to sue her for compensation, and also could file charges. Your survey by itself conveys no rights on her to the land.

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