So I need advice/info on a hypothetical situation for a book (fantasy fiction.) The main character (Ginny) used to live in a house in California, but her family was forced to leave when she was seven years old. She was then taken care of by a mysterious uncle who she almost never saw. As an adult, she suddenly got a letter saying that he’d transferred ownership of the house to her, with a copy of the deed included and also the keys. There seems to be no way to actually find the uncle, though. She drives down to Sunol (the location of the house.) The next day, the creepy representative of a sinister businessman in San Jose calls her and claims that his boss actually owns the house and land.
So the question is where to go next as far as actually proving who owns the house. I do know that the original deed should be in the county recorder’s office where the house is located (Alameda in this case.) What happens if Ginny goes to the office and finds out the deed has mysteriously vanished? What if the other side has a duplicate deed that supposedly proves they do own it? What would the legal situation be?
The genre is very much fantasy-- it turns out that there’s a tunnel beneath the house that leads to an alternate dimension. :rolleyes: BUT… I really want the legal details surrounding the ownership of the house to be accurate. Does anyone know more about this? Thanks in advance…