I think I have posted about this situation before, but now I’m asking something different. Also, I do have an Oregon attorney, who so far has taken my money and done bugger all, as far as I can tell.
Situation: parents (now deceased) purchased a house in Salem in 1997 or so, fixed it up, and rented it out. This was my father’s hobby after he retired, also something to supplement his pension and SS. In 2001 he formed a living trust, and they transferred the house to it. There was a technical flaw in the way he did this, apparently, but the county records show the house as belonging to the trust.
In 2003 he sold the house to the then-renter, using paid rent in lieu of down payment, on a private contract sale. This contract was never recorded with the county. Last parent (father) died in 2009 and I am now trustee. I live in SF, by the way.
After 15 years of faithful payments these folks want to re-fi with a bank, which I think is a great idea. The property has appreciated and they can fix it up with some of their equity, and we get our lump sum settlement (the beneficiaries of the trust). Also, this is the last asset of the trust, so after this clears we can liquidate the trust (or whatever you call it).
Tried to get a title co. to record the contract, they said they could not (or would not try) because of the flaw in the transfer to the trust. Then hired a lawyer to fix this, 2 months have gone by and bupkis.
So, in 3 weeks I will be going through Salem and have a few hours I could spend on this. I am thinking of just trying to record the contract myself. If they accept it, fine. If they don’t, no harm done (is what I’m figuring).
Please tell me what is wrong with this plan. If I succeed, will their future re-fi attempts bump up against this flaw in the transfer to the trust? I know banks are pretty careful, and they’ll probably have a title company involved and they’ll probably find it. Would it matter that it happened 17 years ago?
What was the flaw in transfer? My father did the document himself, and only referred to the trust, and not to himself as the trustee. The title company told me that makes it invalid. Serious consequences for the estate, since it would negate our filing it as a “small” estate of under $50K. We thought all the assets were safely in the trust. Nightmare. Help.