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SCAM ALERT - Pay for a Copy of Your Deed?

By August 8, 2013Estate Planning

A number of our clients have reported receiving a notice or bill from a company which states that for a fixed fee the company will send them a copy of their current deed and property profile.  The letters try and make it seem that unpleasant consequences may occur if you do not get a copy of your deed as soon as possible.  They also try to come across as the only official resource for obtaining a copy of your deed.

Please be aware that you do not need to use this company to obtain a copy of your most current deed.  If you would like a copy of your deed, you simply need to request it from the county in which the property resides.

Deeds to real property are public record.  Many counties have published the deeds online.  For example, if you own real property in Maricopa County, Arizona, you may use the Maricopa County Recorder’s site (recorder.maricopa.gov) or the Maricopa County Assessor’s site (mcassessor.maricopa.gov) to search for a copy of your deed.  If you live outside of that county, check your local county's website for more information about requesting these documents.

We see many scams and attempts to persuade individuals to spend money for items that they do not need or that can be obtained for free elsewhere.  Be cautious and do your research!  If you have questions, make sure to ask before you fall prey to unscrupulous scams such as this.  If you receive materials that you are unsure about, please contact our office for information and assistance.

For more information, contact our office today at 888.222.1328.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only.  It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice.  If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney in your community who can assess the specifics of your situation.

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