A company by the name of National Deed Service, Inc. has been sending letters to property owners in Shawnee County suggesting everyone should have a "certified copy" of the deed to their real estate if they don't have the "official" one.
The letter by referencing the Federal Citizen Information Center could cause the reader to believe this was either a federally sponsored or otherwise related program. It is not.
The letter advises that National Deed Service, Inc. will provide a certified copy of the landowner's deed processed by them on completion of an order form attached to the letter for a charge of $69.50.
It is recommended that such an order form NOT be used.
Marilyn Nichols, the Shawnee County Register of Deeds, will happily provide a certified copy of a deed to your property for a charge of $2.50.
The Register of Deeds maintains all records affecting the title of real estate that have been filed including deeds, mortgages, liens and all other records that give notice to the world of land title and matters affecting land title.
Hecht say paying an out-of-state company $69.50 is totally unnecessary. "The people of Shawnee County need not incur such exorbitant expense for what the Register of Deeds stands ready to provide at a very minimal cost," Hecht said.