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December 13, 2012 In the wake of the robo-signing scandal and National Mortgage Settlement, states have been tightening laws to better prevent fraud and abuse of real estate documents. A new law in California, effective January 1, 2013, requires Notaries to obtain a signer’s thumbprint for their journals for any document […]

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Top 10 Qualities of a Great Paralegal

The Sider Group
November 29, 2011 — 445 views

As a paralegal, you will be an integral part of a legal team in a law firm, corporate legal department or government office. You will assist lawyers in all the many tasks that must be completed […]

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Form RP-5217: In the Dark Ages

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In mid-2011, New York State implemented a pilot program for Form RP-5217, Real Property Transfer Report, getting rid of the old, carbon copy, fill-in forms you had to get from the County Clerk’s Office.  This downloadable, bar-coded PDF form is currently being accepted for transfers of real property located in the following pilot, […]

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There are companies out there sending solicitations to homeowners asking for $60 or more to obtain a copy of their deed from the County Clerk’s Office.  Attorneys should let their clients know about these companies and their false claims.  An individual or title company can get a copy of a deed from the County Clerk’s […]

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I recently got to meet Sandy Schepp, who is running for the Onondaga County Clerk position vacated by Ann Ciarpelli.   We discussed how to bring the Onondaga County Clerk’s Office up to date with current technology, similar to the Monroe and Erie County Offices.  Sandy mentioned she would like to have a virtual Clerk’s Office […]

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