The assessor is telling me that since the land trust was not notarized it is not valid and they are re assessing the property. How can I convince them the trust is legal?
Land Trust agreements are contracts and contracts do not have to be notarized to be legal in most states. However, some states do require TA’s to be notarized and even witnessed. You did not say what state you were from in your question above, but consider asking your own attorney for verification on this issue. On a side note, what does this issue have to do with re-assessment? Seems like he is looking for an excuse to raise your taxes. A legal threat towards him and the county might make him more understanding….if you do have to get it notarized and return to the assessor for proof, reassessment should not be required.
Mr. Land Trust