Contract for deed signed and witnessed in 2000 but not notorized. Is this valid?

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Contract for deed signed and witnessed in 2000 but not notorized. Is this valid?

Just about fulfilled contract and ready to receive deed. Is the sale date the date the contract for deed was signed?

Asked on May 31, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

You will have to check with an attorney in your area, to be sure, but I believe the contract is valid;  notarization is usually only required for documents that get recorded, like deeds and mortgages.  You might have used a form contract that had space for notarization;  sometimes contracts like that are recorded with the land records, and if so, then it would have had to be notarized.  If you've made all the payments, you should be able to get your deed.

The actual sale date, when you become the owner of the property, is the date of the deed.  You should have an attorney make sure that the deed is properly recorded, to protect your interests.  One place to find a lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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