Before purchasing a piece of property in Orange County, California, it is a good idea to make sure the person selling it to you actually has the right to do so. Just because he or she has a deed to the property, does not necessarily mean that he or she owns the property free and clear.
Two people in Massachusetts recently found this out the hard way as part of a real estate dispute. They had purchased a three-acre parcel of land from a family member in 2010. A year later after they had received a permit, they started to construct a wooden tent on the property. The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation evidently became alerted to the construction, because they filed a lawsuit in which they said that they owned the land. They claimed it had been given to them as part of a 10-acre parcel of land from a donor. They were successful at bringing construction to a halt while the lawsuit was in process by getting a temporary restraining order.