Lowell Deeds

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August 17, 2007

The End of an Era

by @ 12:08 pm. Filed under Registry Ops

We’ve spent the day disassembling the “pick up boxes” that have been in existence in one form or another probably since the registry first opened in 1855. From now on, all documents presented for recording will be scanned right away and returned to the customer. Inevitably, there will be someone in a hurry who has to rush off without waiting the two or three minutes for the documents. We’re not sure what we’ll do with those abandoned documents. But we will definitely consider them abandoned and that will inform the manner in which we dispose of them. Documents received by mail will also be scanned immediately and the originals will be sent back in accompanying self-addressed, stamped envelopes the very same day. For documents received by mail that do not have an accompanying envelope, we will send notices out initially but will eventually treat those documents as abandoned as well. For anyone who feels they will be inconvenienced by the slight wait involved in receiving back the original documents a few minutes after recording, I suggest you investigate electronic recording. There are now two companies offering that service for our registry (eRX and Simplifile) and they would both welcome new customers.

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