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Pennsylvania Practice Pointer: Lis Pendens

A lis pendens is a valuable tool to protect property rights when a dispute arises about property ownership. Literally meaning “suit pending,” a lis pendens is public notice that a lawsuit relating to the ownership of a particular piece of property has been initiated. In Pennsylvania, a lis pendens may be both filed with the court and recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds of the county where the property is located. The filing and recording may occur simultaneously with the initiation of a lawsuit, so long as the outcome of the litigation will affect title to the property.

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