I borrowed money from the bank to purchase land from my mother and her living siblings through an attorney. I have had the land now for about 15 years and I am now ready to sell the property. The closing attorney is different from the one that handled the sale 15 years ago. I have been informed that a lien is on the property from an heir from 1967. What do I need to do?
Different states have different practices regarding real estate closings, but in general someone is responsible for finding out whether there are liens against the property. That may be the attorney or it may be a title insurance company. In either case, the first place I would look to solve this problem is whoever should have found it the first time, which is what your current attorney should have told you.