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October 3, 2023 FROM 12 PM TO 5PM - DUE TO COMPLETION OF THE SERVER MIGRATION, SEARCHING MAY BE INTERRUPTED. THE OFFICE WILL BE UNABLE TO PROCESS ANY DOCUMENTS OR RECEIPTS. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY AND WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
Recent property fraud attempts have been reported in Leelanau County:
We have all heard about property being fraudulently sold and Leelanau County is no longer immune to this activity. Recent property fraud attempts have been reported to the Leelanau County Register of Deeds by some property owners. These attempts have been stopped when it was brought to the owner’s attention their property was fraudulently listed. If you see a neighbor’s property up for sale, inquire with the owner. The digital age has not only made real estate transactions go more quickly it has also made it easier for these predators to commit these kinds of crimes. Leelanau County Register of Deeds has continued to require wet ink signature deeds, and not allowed digital recording for this very reason; making it harder for predators to commit these crimes. Leelanau County Register of Deeds also has a Fraud Notify Service in place at no cost to the property owner. When you subscribe online, Fraud Notify will send you an automated email alert when a document is recorded under the name(s) you register.
HISTORY - The Register of Deeds is a constitutional office whose duties are prescribed by State law. In 1835, the first Constitution of the State of Michigan was adopted by the Congress of the United States which established the office of Register of Deeds. There have been 15 Registers of Deeds in Leelanau County since 1863.
The REGISTER OF DEEDS office is the official office for recording all legal instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrances of properties in the county. Documents are recorded in the county's official records to publicly declare their existence and enactment. Anyone can research these records to identify property ownership and liens placed against property. Leelanau County records date back to 1863.
Only documents that meet the recording requirements set by the State of Michigan Legislature are recorded. This office cannot determine legal sufficiency or intent of any document offered for recording.
Michigan has a "race-notice" statute; recording a deed places subsequent purchasers on constructive notice. Thus, it is important that documents are recorded in the exact order in which they are first presented for recording at the Register of Deeds office. First in time is first in line. An error in recording might cost a property owner a hefty sum if the owner is forced to prove title, or ownership, of their property. The Register must constantly study and be aware of the laws which govern the office.
The REGISTER OF DEEDS office assists the public, lending institutions, title companies, realtors and attorneys who are among the many people who check the records and filings of instruments in the office.
We provide copies of all real estate conveyances to all assessing offices in the county for use in preparation of tax rolls.
Other supportive services provided for residents include document certifying and record copying.
Our records are available online or in the office and can be printed for a fee. There are two public work stations in the office for searching the documents on the computer and the vault is available for record searching prior to January 1, 1966. Certified copies can be made from the records upon request. PLEASE NOTE: only DEED records are available online prior to January 1, 1972 all other records will need to be searched in the office prior to that date.
The REGISTER OF DEEDS is also the Chairman of the Leelanau County Plat Board which reviews and approves all new subdivisions within the County.
The REGISTER OF DEEDS is also the office that handles Passport acceptance and submission. Please call to make an appointment for your passport.
Disclaimer: The Leelanau County Register of Deeds web pages are created by the Leelanau County Register of Deeds Office as a public service. All information on these pages is intended to be accurate, complete and timely; however, Leelanau County and the Leelanau County Register of Deeds do not warrant the accuracy of the information contained herein nor is it responsible for any errors or omissions and assumes no liability for its use. While the information on these pages may be about legal issues, it is not legal advice. The Leelanau County Register of Deeds does not endorse any linked sites nor do they assume any responsibility for the content or availability of those sites.