10 Dec Deed Scam Alert: Shelly Joyner, Associate Attorney
Scam alert! Land recordings are public record. When you buy property or transfer it, the deed is recorded with the county clerk. You are able to get the recorded deeds for your property from the county clerk for a few dollars. However, sometimes homeowners receive a letter from a company that charges a fee to get your deed for you. (They usually ask for about $85.) If you look carefully, it will usually say that they are not actually a government organization, but the private company will deceptively make it look like you owe money to the government. It will usually say that you you’re not required to pay the money (somewhere in small print), but they will try to make it look like a bill from the county.
Our trust packages include the transfer of your real property (houses and/or land) into your trust. We will create the document that properly transfers your property into your trust, ensure that you properly execute it, and then file it in the appropriate county clerk’s records. Once it is recorded with the county clerk, we will send you a copy of the deed. There is no need to pay these shady companies to do it for you. Unfortunately, these companies aren’t acting “illegally”. They’re just shady. Have questions? Contact us!