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CONSUMER ALERT: DON’T PAY “DEED PROCESSING NOTICE”

Deeds available and can be printed for free on Clerk’s website

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 21, 2012) – Clerk Sharon Bock is warning Palm Beach County residents to ignore any “Deed Processing Notices” sent by a private company called Secured Document Services in Washington, DC.

A resident alerted the Clerk & Comptroller’s office this week to a notice she received from the company, telling her to send $85 and a $35 service fee if the amount was sent after the “due date.”

Property owners do not need to have a copy of their deeds, which are on file at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office. Uncertified copies may be downloaded and printed for free by using the Official Records search on the Clerk’s website, www.mypalmbeachclerk.com. Hard copies cost $1 a page, and certified documents cost an additional $2.

“If you get one of these notices, throw it away,” Clerk Bock said. “You don’t need a copy of your deed, and if you want to see your deed, you can find it online for free.”

News reports warning property owners about Secured Document Services have appeared in other parts of the country, and now it seems the notices are appearing in Palm Beach County as well.  

The records available at the Clerk’s office include deeds, mortgages, liens, court judgments and marriage licenses.

As the County Recorder and custodian of legal records, the Clerk maintains and ensures the integrity of the Official Record Books of Palm Beach County dating back to 1909. For more information on receiving copies of public records, contact the Records Services Center at 561-355-2976.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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