Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This training session is another in a list of many other activities that are hosted in the Commonwealth Room. These events are not only great for the nonprofit and government groups using the facility but also for bringing people into Downtown Worcester and CitySquare. For more information on the Commonwealth Room, please contact Linda Curran.
Friday, November 16, 2007
The City of Worcester Festival of Lights - The Festival of Lights will be on Friday, November 30, 200 from 5-8 P.M. on the Worcester Common. There will be Horse drawn hayrides, musical performances and children's activities in City Hall, Worcester Windows Art Show, food fun and much more! The event is being sponsored by the City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition in collaboration with WTAG/WSRS and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Friday, November 9, 2007
For more information on this issue:
Mass may get in on early primary action - T&G 11/9/07
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It will be presented by Attorney David Wilson of Corwin and Corwin LLP of Boston. The seminar will include: a short overview of the statute; steps, documents, and a clear timeline necessary to obtain a mechanics lien; common recording issues with documents; Subordination and waiver of liens; methods of releasing, dissolving, or bonding liens; priority of liens over other encumbrances including mortgages; and Title Insurance issues. Attorney Wilson is an experienced construction lawyer and has lectured on this topic in a number of forums.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Massachusetts Registers of Deeds Association has adopted new Document Formatting Standards that will go into effect on January 1, 2008:
DOCUMENT FORMATTING STANDARDS
Documents recorded after January 1, 2008 must meet the following requirements:
1. Be on white paper of sufficient weight to reproduce in registry scanners.
2. All document pages and attachments must be on paper that is no larger than 8.5 inches by 14 inches.
3. Printing shall be on one side only; double-sided pages will not be accepted.
4. Documents that contain printing, writing or other markings must be sufficiently dark in appearance to be legibly reproduced on standard registry scanners.
5. All printing and writing on a document must be of sufficient size to be legibly reproduced on standard registry scanners.
6. Margins on all sides of all document pages must be of sufficient size to be legibly reproduced on standard registry scanners.
7. The first page of all documents must contain a “recording information area” in the upper right hand corner measuring three inches from the top edge of the document and three inches from the right edge of the document that is free from all writing or printing.
8. Documents that do not comply with Formatting Standard 7 above may still be recorded when attached to an official registry Document Cover Sheet or through the use of some other method adopted by the registry.
As January 1st approaches look to this blog and worcesterdeeds.com for more information on the new standards.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Finally, the Worcester Registry of Deeds would like to wish a Happy 60th Birthday to John Harvell of ACS.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This week we will be hosting more events in the Commonwealth Room.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at !0:30 AM is a Massachusetts Registers of Deeds Association Legislative Meeting.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007, Noon to 1:00 PM is Part One of a two part seminar sponsored by the Worcester County Bar Association Real Estate Law Section on Liens Explained and Defects Removed presented by Chicago Title Insurance Company underwriters.
Thursday, September 20, 2007, Noon to 1:00 PM is Part Two of the seminar on Liens Explained and Defects Removed.
Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 4:30 PM is the Worcester County Bar Association Committee Chairs Meeting.
Check back here for more updates for events in the Commonwealth Room. If you are interested in holding an event in the Commonwealth Room, please contact Linda Curran at Linda.Curran@sec.state.ma.us
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
For more information on the new Court House's opening, click here.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Also, Many thanks to Bob Gerencser who has posted his photos of the Grand Opening event online
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The first such event is the "RAC IT UP" pool tournament sponsored by the Friends of Worcester Neighborhoods in conjunction with Charter Communications, the Worcester Sharks, Boston Billiards, and WSRS/WTAG. The benefit hopes to raise between ten and twenty thousand dollars to keep athletic programs running in Worcester's high schools, which are currently being threatened by budget cuts. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 26 from 5-10pm at Boston Billiards.
For more information please contact Amy Plante, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruth McClure, email@example.com
Monday, August 27, 2007
Here is some more information about the Registry of Deeds and this bill in the news.
"Deeds Reshuffle" - T&G 8/24
"Lines Drawn over Changes in Registries" - T&G 8/21
Friday, August 3, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
A New Orleans Lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client who lost his house in Hurricane Katrina and wanted to rebuild. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to the parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the Lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:
"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."
Annoyed, the Lawyer responded as follows:
"Your letter regarding title in the Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 204 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particulary those working in the property area, would not know that Louisianna was purchased by the US from France in 1803, the year or origin identified in our application.
For the edification of uniformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to the US ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by the Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the priviledge of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Isabella. The good queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus' expedition. Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisianna. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it and the FHA.
I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our loan?"
He got the loan
I highly recommend checking out the Lowell Deeds Blog. (Click Here) It offers more information about the scan and return process, electronic recording, and the paperless registry.
Friday, July 6, 2007
The only way for an individual to obtain a certified copy of a document recorded at the Registry of Deeds is to come to the Registry in person. The fee for this is $1 per page. However, you can obtain a standard copy of any of our records at no charge from our website, www.worcesterdeeds.com. If you have any questions about your deed or how to obtain it, please contact our office at (508) 798-7717.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The new Registry will be one of the most technologically advanced Registry of Deeds in not only Massachusetts but in the United States. In the next few weeks, the final touches will be completed. The new Registry will have an electronic queue to manage workflow, a substantial amount of public access terminals, and a multitude of closing tables and closing rooms. The project is on-time and operations will begin at the new location on July 2nd.
Monday, May 21, 2007
The new location will continue to offer wireless internet, and many other conveniences not currently available at our location in the Court House.