Recently, we were made aware of a letter by a client that received in an “official-looking” envelope. The form inside contained their name, address, purchase date and property ID number for the house they recently put into their trust. Although there was a statement in the report that the sender was “not affiliated with the county in which your deed is filed nor with any government agencies”, the detachable billing may mislead people to believe they must pay them in order to research and receive the only document that identifies them as the property owner of the address listed. If you read the letter carefully, it is not a bill but a solicitation and you are not obligated to pay the amount stated.
The county recorder’s office will send the original recorded deed to the person taking title. That would include the trustees of a living trust. We feel there is no need to pay for an outside service company to “research” your land records and send you a copy of the recorded deed. Many recorder’s offices charge a small amount for copies of deeds, some charge $0.50 per page.