I have been told I need to get a "Legal description" of my property. Where do I obtain that?

In most cases your deed should have a complete legal description, however the Register of Deeds office cannot verify that the information on your deed is correct.  A copy of your deed may be purchased at the Register of Deeds Office. The cost for a 1 page document is $2.00 with each additional page costing $1.00.

While this seems simple enough, it can be complicated by two factors. If your property consists of a number of small parcels that have been combined over time, a simple concise legal description may not exist. The opposite can also be a problem. Your property may have previously been a large parcel from which smaller parcels were sold off. In both of these cases, several documents and some interpretation may be required to construct an accurate legal description.

If the history of your parcel fits into either of the above descriptions, you should contact a registered land surveyor for professional assistance in writing an accurate, updated legal description.

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1. What are your office locations?
2. How can I contact the Register of Deeds office by phone?
3. What are your office hours?
4. What are your fees?
5. How can I obtain a copy of my birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership certificate or divorce certificate?
6. How do I remove the deceased name of my spouse from the property that we owned jointly?
7. How do I change my name on the real estate I own?
8. How do I change my deed so that it reflects my married name?
9. I have received real estate in my divorce settlement. What do I need to do?
10. What is the difference between Joint Tenancy and Tenants in common?
11. If there is a piece of property - what is the ownership?
12. I have been told I need to get a "Legal description" of my property. Where do I obtain that?
13. If one trustee of a trust dies, is it necessary to take any immediate action?
14. We recently paid off the mortgage on our home. When will we get a new deed showing that we no longer owe the bank anything?
15. I am considering buying a parcel of real estate. How can I find out what liens, if any have been filed against it?
16. What is probate?
17. Can we submit our documents for recording electronically?
18. Where can I mail documents to be recorded by the Register of Deeds?