IF YOU SUSPECT that someone has forged a deed and stolen your house, here's what to do:
* Get a copy of the deed or mortgage for your property, by mail or in person, from the Department of Records, room 154, City Hall.
* File a report with the Police Department.
* Get a real-estate lawyer to assist you in filing a civil complaint called an "Action to Quiet Title" and notify the Records Department. Real-estate attorneys can cost thousands of dollars, so to find help, call Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer's Referral and Information Services line at 215-238-6333 or Community Legal Services at 215-227-2400. If you wish to represent yourself, contact the Prothonotary's Office at 215-686-8863.