In the opinion in Aurora Loan Services, LLC v. John Macelray Veatch, Admr., Appeal Case No. S10A1725 (March 18, 2011), the Georgia Supreme Court reaffirmed the principle that a forged deed is a nullity and cannot convey title to an innocent purchaser for value. The facts recited in the case indicated that a financial institution had tried to enforce a security deed that it had received from a party receiving title from an estate under a forged deed. The estate administrator sought to invalidate the mortgage lien on the grounds the financial institution had taken its security deed under a chain of title initiated by a forgery.
The supreme court noted that it had recently overruled authority in Georgia that had indicated that a bona fide purchaser for value without notice of a forgery could show good title. The court held that forged deeds are nullities and can never give title.
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A Blog about Real Estate, How it Can Be Damaged, and Disputes Over its Transfer
This blog is a personal blog written to discuss legal issues affecting Georgia property, and how it is damaged, transferred, and fought over. I write this partly to keep abreast of the law, and partly to offer a forum for my writing. In order to find content, I often analyze Georgia Supreme Court decisions. I try to update this blog as I can, but writing is a time consuming process.