Okay, some others have given you some advice which "might"
work, BUT as a fairly large landowner with multiple acreage properties myself here's
what I would recommend you do FIRST! (i.e. BEFORE you do anything else!)
Go down to your local County offices (IN PERSON) and explain your situation and ask them who in the County you should talk to. Different Counties
call departments different names, so just ask them the proper department to talk to. It could be the Assessor's office, or it might be called,
Properties, or Title and Deeds (or any number of other variations). Go to that office (it may be in a different building) and talk to someone. If
you need to make an appointment, then make an appointment and come back. Don't rush, and be polite...take your time! No need to panic. Do NOT
try to do this on-line!!
You will need to do the same thing in BOTH your County, AND the County your father's property is in. Don't fill anything out or sign anything, just
get the forms and information. I stress here, just get the information!
Note - Many Counties today have now passed laws prohibiting the old notion of selling something for $1 in order to transfer ownership. (For example,
our County has...even for cars). This is because so many people tried to dodge tax obligations with this practice (this is also the reason you don't
want to sign anything when you're there, just get the information). Counties are very wary about making sure they get their tax money, but here's the
thing...they're always going to get their tax money because the property resides in their County (it's not like you can move it!). Regardless, they
still get weird about this kind of stuff.
A Quit Claim Deed might be what you wind up doing, but until you know the County rules for certain doing something like this might just create more
trouble than if you followed the rules to begin with.
Another note - Once you get sideways with the Assessor's office it's very hard to undo, like a black cloud which follows you around. Don't go
Some other considerations. One or both Counties may require an appraisal on the property. Don't sweat it, just pay the couple hundred bucks to get
the appraisal done. Appraisals are rarely high, they're usually low. Unless your Dad's trailer property is surrounded by million dollar homes then
it's no biggie.
Here's a couple good rules of thumb about appraisals:
1. Trailers are worth zero. The trailer should not factor into the property value, unless it is a negative value (which is a good thing for you).
2. Rural western property, unless it's in highly developed subdivisions, is generally worth about $1,500 to $2,000 per acre. Sometimes as low as
$5-600 an acre, depending on your area (water rights and several other factors). If it's much higher than this then you need to start asking
questions about why.
Bottom line - Start by talking to your County and the County your father's property is in!
Once you do that, please feel free to PM me (or post here) about what you found, and then we can go from there.
P.S. This action is something which is likely very important to your father, and very important to you. Don't get yourself tangled up with a bunch of
bureaucracy before you know the facts about what you're dealing with. Trust me, I know!
ETA - Oh, when you talk to the County(s), be sure to tell them your father's property is owned outright with no liens. This is a key element. If
your father does in fact have some liens on the property then you FIRST need to work with him to satisfy those liens before you try to transfer
ownership. The property needs to be free and clear before you can transfer. This is another reason to talk to the County, to ensure there are no
liens, tax or otherwise, because they all get filed with the County.
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