Whom should I contact?I own a home with my ex-fiance.  We are now separated.  I've found out he either forged my name and/or used white out to change the title of our house from "WROS" to simply...

Whom should I contact?

I own a home with my ex-fiance.  We are now separated.  I've found out he either forged my name and/or used white out to change the title of our house from "WROS" to simply our names.  I did get it changed back to the correct wording, but now I am mad.  He committed fraud/forgery/whatever.  I want to sue him, but I don't know what I would sue him for.  Perhaps at this point I don't need a lawyer, but rather a private detective, to determine just what he did and how he did it.  Whom should I contact?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The deed is legally filed, or should be, at your county courthouse as it is a legal record of a property transfer.  You could also check with the title company that did the final paperwork for you, and they would have a copy with the correct wording.

As far as suing, or the grounds for a lawsuit, you would have to prove there were damages to you, and since the wording was corrected and it didn't cost you any money, that argument is probably not possible.  What he did does meet the legal definition of fraud, and those complaints are handled by the local criminal prosecutor's office (also usually at the county courthouse), so you can file a complaint and furnish copies of the doctored documents.  Again, however, I wouldn't get your hopes up, as if the fraud was unsuccessful, it will be less likely the prosecutor will want to pursue it.

That doesn't mean you can't try, and since the laws vary greatly from state to state, it might be worth talking to an attorney.  But I think it would probably be a waste of money.

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rienzi | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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1. If your deed is recorded at the courthouse like it should be it doesn't matter what one would do to the deed post-recording.

2. If your are separated why would you want title with rights of survivorship anyway?

3. Separating jointly owned property is usually done by a partition action. Get a lawyer.

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