My question involves real estate located in the State of: Georgia. My late husband developed small sub-division around a small lake with four properties abutting the lake. The lake was in my husband's name and one neighbor wanted to stock and fertilizer the lake. He was given permission in 1983 to do so. Some time later he convinced my husband to deed half the lake (less than an acre) to him; no money changed hands, half the lake was put in his name. At some point the neighbor had the tax bill sent to his address and he paid the small tax bills. We had moved and forgot about the lake property until I probated the will. My husband died in 2014 of Alzheimer's, leaving all to me, and I have discovered the lake is in the neighbor's name with no mention of my husband's name as half owner.
In view of time elapsed ( we fished the lake on a few occasions since we still lived only a few miles away) was there a requirement we be advised in any change of ownership. No permission was granted to the other party to assume ownership or to divert tax bills to his address. I assume he diverted them; we did not receive them in all those years.