My initial research online leads me to believe that a deed, after containing all relevant signatures, is valid as soon as it is delivered to the grantee. From other sources though I’ve found that in order to be valid it must also be recorded in the appropriate county. This is where I am confused; so in the time between being signed/delivered and being recorded in the county, what is the status of the deed?
This is important because let’s say a creditor or whoever wants to take action against the owner of a specific property. They look up the deed to discover who this person is via the county, but it turns out the owner quitclaimed or whatever to someone else (deed signed with notary and delivered) and this new deed has yet to be recorded. Therefore, would the most current owner in the county records have liability, or would this latest grantee, although not yet in public records, have liability?