A: The County Recorder’s office does not prepare legal documents. We record properly signed and notarized documents. As the documents recorded in this office are legally binding executions of particular form, we accept documents prepared by patrons on their own but cannot offer any legal advise. We refer patrons to professionals, such as attorneys or real estate title companies for document preparation.
Q: Where do I get a "do it yourself" deed or other forms?
A: Many forms such as Warranty, Quit-Claim Deeds or Liens are available at office supply or stationery stores as well as on the internet. Q: My spouse has passed away, how do I change the property ownership to my name?
A: Contact your attorney for legal advise. Tenancy can make a major difference in how property is handled in the event of the death of a title holder. Tenancy is the way that real property is held of record. There are two common types, Joint Tenancy (where two or more individuals hold property jointly) and Tenancy in Common (where each individual holds a separate interest in the property).
Q: A deed, lien or other document was recorded in error or fraudulently. Why did the Recorder’s office accept and record it?
A: By State Law the County Recorder’s office must accept for recording any document presented, as long as it is of proper form, legible, properly signed and duly notarized, and the proper fee is tendered. The office is not responsible for policing the validity or intent any document recorded.
NOTICE: THE ACCURACY OF THE DOCUMENTS YOU RECORD IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. IF CORRECTION DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE RECORDED, ANOTHER RECORDING FEE WILL BE CHARGED.
Q: How do I find where a specific property is located?
A: Come into the office and you can review the plat maps.