Registry of deeds in Maine, Vacationland is a big state that has sixteen counties for land title searching and recording.
Of all the legal instruments involved when a property is conveyed to another real estate owner. To keep track of who owns what in the chain of title so a real estate abstractor or you and I can know who is the record owner today. Or twenty, forty years ago, whenever time in history is picked for revealing the true, absolute owner in the search of land titles to the real estate under the microscope.
Maine is a race notice state which means if you get a property title deed to the real estate, you have one important life and death serious matter to address.
You better find your way to the local registry of deeds.
Don't tuck it away in a top drawer or slide it into a book high up in a little used cabinet and forget to get it recorded.
The deed could burn in a fire, get lost and misplaced in the shuffle when you take your last breath. The lungs stop and your estate is broken up in the dispersement of your real and personal property.
Get that deed to the real estate registry for copying, for the micro filming to store elsewhere. For the all important putting the new title in your name on record at the local registry of deeds pronto. Because if it is not on record, showing up in a forty year title search or longer for the World to know that you are rightful property owner, it's a big sigh and "rut rho Mister Man" sputtered.
Without a recorded, witnessed and notarized legal deed of conveyance placed on record, well now Chummy, nothing keeps the seller from finding another real estate buyer.
Taking his money and granting the same deed description, location and acreage you thought you had purchased. Selling it again to another eager real estate buyer who simply trots up the registry of deed's steep granite court house steps. With the second duplicate deed in hand to pay the fee for so much a first page, second or how many trees killed to make the paper to hammer out the documentation. To show the local property tax people who get a copy who to send notices to each year. The seller, the buyer, the legal description to the real estate along with the transfer tax formsthat accompanies it to record the real estate title to the land in Maine. This is serious stuff when talking the biggest value asset most of us ever possess.
First come, first serve is how the scales of blind folded lady justice law courts view who is really the true owner of the property in Maine now. And if a property is divided up without a legal survey that was done all day long before the slower, expensive splitting up land subdivision process became law in the early 1970's, what if too much pie was sliced and diced?