new, free statewide or single county docket search of Maryland Register of Wills
records is offered at http://jportal.mdcourts.gov/willsandtrusts/index.jsf.One may search by search by Decedent,
Guardian, Interested Party, Minor, or Personal Representative. Records from the
Register of Wills of all counties go back to at least
Confusing Recording Fee
Increase in El Dorado County, CA
On April 12, 2010, a $6.00 fee increase went into affect for
the recording fee of the 1st page for most documents or titles recorded by the
El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk in California. El Dorado County includes
Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. For example, the fee for a one-page basic
document increased from $9.00 to $15.00. Taking into account the $3.00 Fraud
Prevention Fund, the new first page total is now $18.00 if the document is a Deed of Trust, Assignment of Deed of
Trust, Reconveyance, Request for Notice, Notice of Default, Rescission of
Notice of Default, Substitution of Trustee, or Notice of Trustee Sale.
What is confusing and has led to many recordings being
rejected is that this county is "Title Driven." This means
that a document with two titles - such as when a Substitution of Trustee
and a Reconveyance are placed on the same single page - the fee is per title
and not per page. For this example the fee is $36.00 for
the first page, not $18.00.
The increase does not affect any of additional page fees nor
affect the recording fee for a Uniform Commercial Code document or a Government
Release of Lien.
Effective July 1, 2010, the fee for a copy of documents at all
West Virginia Circuit Courts will increase from $.50 to $.75 per page.This fee increase is per state legislation -
Senate Bill 471. The original version of the bill had the copy fee at $1.00, but
the final enrolled version set the fee at $.75.
- Online AZ Driving Record to Increase May
A $1.75 portal fee
increase for the electronic access of a driving record from the Arizona Motor
Vehicle Division is scheduled to take place effective May 1, 2010. The new fee
structure increases the total for both interactive and batch processing. The fee
for an interactive 39-month record increases to $6.00 from $4.25; for an
interactive 5-year to $8.00 from $6.25; for a batch 39-month record to $5.00
from $3.25; and for a batch 5-year record to $6.00 from $4.25.
The Motor Vehicle
Record Request System (MVRRS) is Arizona's web-based application used by
commercial and government entities contracted with AZ MVD to electronically
request records. Certified and uncertified driving records can be obtained in
an interactive or batch mode. For more information about MVRRS, contact the
Electronic Data Services Unit by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-712-7235.
The fee increase
does not affect the access of vehicle records nor of mail or walk-in record
Releases Model Public Record Researcher
Monday April 26th, the Public Record Retriever Network (PRRN, www.prrn.us)
announced the release of a model template of a Public Record Researcher
Agreement to be used by public record researchers and Consumer
Reporting Agencies (CRAs). The Agreement represents a best efforts work to
provide a starting point for a
written agreement that is fair to both parties and not one-sided in nature.
the Agreement as a flexible template gives both parties the
ability to modify text to properly reflect their business practices and
services, as well as recognize the fact that different jurisdictions can place
different demands on public record research.
of the issues addressed in the Agreement include: defining default search
criteria; defining the centralized court index and the predominantly used index;
which party provides E & O insurance coverage; disclosure of working with
sub-contractors; disclosure of pre-screened searches; and charges or non-charges
for searching AKA's aliases and hyphenated names.
addition, the Agreement is designed to comply with Clauses 4.1 and 4.3 of the
NAPBS Accreditation Rules Document.
Model Agreement is the property of PRRN and is provided to PRRN members to use
as a member benefit.It will hopefully
find its way into circulation.
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