§ 1 Registry districts
§ 2 Election; qualification; tenure
§ 3 Oath of office; bond
§ 4 Assistant registers; appointment
§ 5 Assistant registers in Suffolk county and southern district of Middlesex
§ 5A Second assistant register and administrative assistant for Norfolk county
§ 6 Assistant registers for districts of southern Essex and Worcester and Hampden county
§ 7 Chief clerk in Worcester district
§ 8 Assistant and temporary registers and clerks; powers and duties
§ 9 Removal
§ 10 Duties of new register as to unrecorded instruments
§ 11 Office hours
§ 12 Place of record
§ 12A Refusal to accept certain instruments for recording authorized
§ 13 Recording of certified copies of instruments in more than county or district
§ 13A Plans, rules for filing in registries
§ 13B Plans; filing in registry of deeds; fees
§ 14 Registry book; contents of entries; instrument number; changes and corrections
§ 14A Certification of historic or archeological site; recording of notice
§ 15 Method of recording documents; microphotographs
§ 16 Recordation; receipts of federal succession taxes
§ 17 Duplicate records; attestation; effect of copies; fees
§ 18 Attestation of records by volume
§ 18A Illegible signatures
§ 19 Facsimile signatures
§ 20 Instruments affecting mortgages registered in different counties
§ 21 Marginal references on record of instruments affecting certain mortgages
§ 22 Instruments affecting interests created by delinquent taxes or assessments; recordation
§ 23 Recordation; certification of book and page number on instruments
§ 24 Recordation; federal liens; filing fee
§ 24A Recordation; petitions, decrees or orders in bankruptcy
§ 24B Records affecting title to real estate; copies to tax assessors; required information
§ 25 Indexes; number; form
§ 26 Entries in indexes; time and manner of making
§ 27 Recordation; instruments executed by agents; decrees in partition
§ 28 Classified copies of indexes
§ 29 New or copies of indexes; printing; selling price
§ 30 Estimates of cost of indexing
§ 31A Notice to commissioner of revenue; recording
§ 32 Instruments creating interest in property; notice to department of public welfare
§ 32A Identification of husbands and wives in documents and communications
§ 33 Salaries
§ 37 Compensation for title work
§ 38 Clerical assistants; compensation
§ 39 Fees; recordation; disposition
§ 40 Technology purchase’s by register of deeds; compatibility with other registers
§ 41 Surcharge on fees of registers of deeds and assistant recorders; registries under control of county government; surcharge to fund improvements at registries; disposition of surcharge

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 36 - Registers of Deeds

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.