This is the next article in my series on how to successfully conduct a quiet title action in Oklahoma.  In my last post, I discussed various factors that contribute to the ultimate cost of the suit.  Given the uniqueness of each case, the total cost will depend on a multitude of factors such as ownership dynamics, the number of the parties involved, and the extent of required research.  Additionally, an uncontested suit will likely cost less than a contested one.  The cost of your suit will ultimately depend on the facts, legal theory, and the extent of research needed.  Therefore, it is crucial to speak to a real estate attorney who can review your case, recommend the best course of action, and provide you with a more precise estimate.  In this article, I will discuss the timeframe involved in completing a quiet title action.  If you are in need of assistance, please contact my office today to speak to a knowledgeable real estate attorney.

The timeframe for a quiet title suit depends heavily on whether the case is contested

An uncontested case without hidden complexities or intricate title issues and conducted by following the proper procedure under the law is the best-case scenario.  In such a case, the total time to complete a quiet title action can take anywhere from 2 to 3 months.  However, if the case requires additional attention due to title complexities, a lengthy title chain, a large number of defendants, or other issues, then the suit can linger for 6 months or longer.  Especially if a defendant disputes your claim of ownership and contests the suit, then that will inevitably prolong the entire process.  Each case is unique and therefore requires a careful analysis of facts before one can precisely estimate its timeline.  To get a better time estimate of your lawsuit, it’s recommended that you speak to an experienced quiet title lawyer.

Factors influencing the duration of a quiet title action

As I discussed in my previous post, the cost of a quiet title action depends on a multitude of factors.  Similarly,  the duration of a quiet title action is influenced by several components. Some of these include title research, title examination, public record search, filing of the petition, service of process, notice by publication, and attending a hearing.  Each of these factors plays a significant role in determining the duration of the suit.  When dealing with a property with a lengthy and complicated ownership history, it is essential to allocate substantial title work and extensive research.  Similarly, it’s vital to ensure the petition is error-free and the notice proper.  Failure to do so can lead to complications resulting in longer timeframes.  In some cases discovery may be necessary, requiring the exchange of information between the parties.  This can contribute to the overall duration of the suit.  Since multiple factors influence the duration of a quiet title suit, it’s recommended that you speak to an attorney for a precise estimate.

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If you are dealing with an issue that requires a suit to quiet title, feel free to contact us online or call my office.  We will give your case the attention it deserves, and assist you every step of the way in the matter.  A knowledgeable real estate attorney is ready to provide you with the expertise and supports you need for a favorable resolution.  We proudly serve Oklahoma County, Logan County, Cleveland County, and Grady County.