Adding in-laws to title can be huge mistake

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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, May 7, 2006. DEAR BOB: I bought a property, as a married man, as my sole and separate property under my name alone. Then I added my wife and the in-laws to the title. We refinanced and I signed a deed to my in-laws. The title and mortgage is in their names. It seems like they don't want me to go back on title. Is there anything I can do? I made the down payment from my 401k plan. Please help. --Eric D. DEAR ERIC: Why would you foolishly add your in-laws to the title to your property? That makes no sense. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Worse, unless you have horrible credit, why would you transfer your interest in the property to your in-laws? Was refinancing that important to give up your ownership? Now there is nothing you can do to force them to deed the property back to you unless you can prove fraud, duress or mistake. Please consult...