Georgia. I purchased 5 acres of undeveloped land approximately 4 years ago in. Shortly thereafter, I had some trees cut and cleared approximately 1.5 acres for a build site. A few years later, I had a change of heart about building on the land and decided to put it up for sale. Then, in December 2010, I received a letter from a neighboring landowner's attorney stating that his clients believe they have superior title to the land and asked me to quit claim it to them (basically sign my rights over to them). I had 20 days to respond to the letter. I have a warranty deed to the land but I also have an owner's title insurance policy. So, I turned the letter over to my title insurance company to open a claim investigation. I was contacted a short time later by a representative of the title insurance company who notified
me that they had contacted the attorney requesting documentation to support the claim.
A few months passed and I heard nothing. I decided to follow up with the title insurance company to check on the status. That's when I learned that they had never received the information they requested. They attempted to contact the attorney again and were told that they would have a response the following week. That was two weeks ago. As I stated previously, I have owned the land for 4 years (documented on the county records and have paid property tax). Altogether the chain of title goes back about 12 to 13 years (two previous owners also recorded deeds and paid property tax).
In Georgia, the statue of limitations for adverse possession with color of title is 7 years. There is nothing in the public records to support their claim and I am wondering what recourse I have? Should I ignore the letter since they have failed to provide documentation to support their claim? Is there some legal instrument that the title insurance company can employ to either force them to provide the documents or drop the claim? "Put up or shut up" so to speak? I would like to sell the land but feel I am being forced to remain in limbo while the attorney may or may not act. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?