Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/15/2008 - 15:15
I own a home in Massachusetts. Should I always keep a certified copy of my deed on hand? And, if so, how do I get one?
-- (Posted by James on the Forum Chat Room.)
(Attorney Lisa Sigman of Wakefield posted the following response.) There's no pressing need to have a copy, certified or otherwise, on hand. These documents are public records, located at the registry of deeds for the county in which the property is located. A certified copy can be obtained any time the registry is open.
Note: there are companies who offer to get you a certified copy of your deed for a “low” fee - usually $50.00. This is a scam - you can get a copy on your own, for $1.00.
Check out the registry website at www.masslandrecords.com (Editor’s Note: While at the Massachusetts Registry of Deeds web site, you can find out how to obtain a copy of your deed by mail, for only $3.00.)