THE SHOCKWAVES OF THE IBANEZ-LaRACE CASE CREATE NATIONAL RIPPLE EFFECT; BANKS HAVE A REASON TO BE NERVOUS; E&O CARRIERS WATCH OUT!
By Dave Krieger
This opinion is based on legal research only and cannot be construed as legal advice!
IT’S HOMEOWNER-PLAINTIFF QUIET TITLE ACTION IN REVERSE
The point being here … if you didn’t learn anything about quieting titles in the book “Clouded Titles”, it would be best suited perhaps to espouse the deeds of U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo as they attempted to do what I call “a quiet title action in reverse”.
At first glance, this case involves procedural and agency relationship errors. For those of you in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you’ll note from the slip order issued by the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the actions preceding their ruling were brought “in the Land Court under G.L. c. 240 § 6, which authorizes actions to quiet or establish the title to land situated in the commonwealth or to remove a cloud from the title thereto.”
The analysis by the High Court points to the law firms experienced with studying quiet title actions, yet the attorneys missed the boat on proving agency, which is a fundamental element of quiet title actions. Proving standing to foreclose on a mortgage or deed of trust is one thing; proving how you got the note to enforce on the other hand is part of what makes up the chain of title. When those assignments are not recorded, because they happen to be in the MERS system, or simply sold willy-nilly several times over without perfected security interests being recorded in the land records in the county where the property lies, you’ve got a problem. In these cases, the banks created their own problems without them even knowing it.