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deed copy scam
It has recently come to our attention that some out of the area firms are using the internet to attempt to deceive clients into purchasing ‘certified copies’ of their deeds from these firms for $75 or more. Please be assured that if you have allowed Steadman Law Office to handle your real estate transaction and record documents, you will receive the ORIGINAL document as soon as it is returned to us from the court house.
The time within which documents are returned varies widely. Powers of Attorney, releases and satisfactions are often returned in 10 days to 2 weeks. Deeds for property in the county are returned in about 4 weeks - after being passed thru the assessment office and map room. Deeds for city properties take longer, sometimes several months, as they have to be reviewed by the City Engineer’s office. But you WILL get the original document.
If you need a copy earlier, they are available by calling the office. We can get copies as soon as the documents are microfilmed for county records - usually within a couple days after recording.
If you lose your deed, a certified copy can be obtained from the court house for about $2.50. So save your money and don’t make these charlatans wealthy, paying them an exorbitant fee for what they can get for almost nothing.
If you have questions, please give us a call.
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