How do I request a copy of a recorded document?
To obtain a copy of a recorded document, come in to the office or submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you come to our counter the price is $1.00 per page, and if you have your documents emailed it will be $2.00 per page. If you are having your documents emailed, you will need to send payment before we can send your documents out. Always if you have any questions please call us at 618-296-4775.
Can you change the name on my deed?
No. In order to make any changes on your title you will need to record a new deed. As we are unable to provide any forms or legal advice, you will need to have the paperwork completely prepared before bringing it in to our office to be recorded
Where do I go to have a deed prepared?
We recommend going to a title company or a real estate attorney to prepare a deed for you. You can also purchase blank forms from an office supply store. The form packet has general directions on how to fill out the deed. Once the deed is completed, bring it into our office and we will put it on record if it meets all the state requirements.
Can you give me documentation showing that my house is clear of all liens?
No. The only way to guarantee that there are no liens against you or your property would be through a title company. They would be able to do a full title search and issue you a title insurance policy.
When I give you a document to put on record will I be able to automatically get my document number and take the paper work with me?
No. We put documents on record in the order that they are received. We strive to have all documents on record within 24 hours of being logged into our office. After the document is recorded it must stay in house in order to go through the process of being scanned and filmed. We will mail it back to you within 5-7 business days. If you prefer, you can come and pick up your document from our will call basket, but you will need to notify us of your intentions when you drop off your document for recording.
Can I have any document put on record?
We can record nearly any document but please keep in mind that everything in our office is public record. This means that anyone can obtain a copy merely by coming in and requesting one. We recommend that you consult an attorney regarding any documents that contain personal information such as identifying numbers. When documents that contain personal information (ie: wills, DD214s, death certificates, birth certificates, and marriage licenses) are recorded, we take every precaution to redact any identifying information. Also, please keep in mind that just because a document is on record does not mean that it is legally binding. For any questions regarding the legal ramifications of documents please speak to an attorney or a title company.
Can I get a list of foreclosures?
Yes. Our office provides a print out report of all of the lis pendens (notices of foreclosure) recorded in the county. We cannot narrow down the search to a specific area, and it will include all lis pendens filed regardless of their status. We charge a dollar for every ten pages. We typically print reports for a full month, and they are usually around 10-15 dollars. If you would like to see a full list of current foreclosures in your area, please go to www.tjsc.com.
Do I get my original deed when I pay off my mortgage?
No. The original deed is prepared at the time of closing and is recorded in our office. We then return the original to the name and address indicated on the deed which is usually the preparer or the title company responsible for the closing. A copy of the deed may be obtained from our office for $1.00 per page.