I have had clients bring in letters from companies that offer to sell them a copy of the deed for their home for $89.00. These letters look very official. Multiple businesses send these letters, including Property Transfer Services, Record Transfer Services, Conveyance Transfer Services, Record Retrieval Department, and National Deed Service. I have found that this offer letter is sent after a transfer of ownership occurs or a new deed is recorded with the County Clerk & Recorder. The Daily Camera reported on this February 15, 2017. These letters are not fraudulent, but they are misleading.
You may obtain a copy of any deed affecting your Colorado real property at any time from the Clerk & Recorder=s office in the county where your real property is located. The cost is approximately $.25/page. If you do not appear in person there may be additional fees for postage and copies. When you purchased your home, you received a deed at closing. That deed is recorded with the County Clerk & Recorder by the title company used for the closing. You do not need an additional deed. The deed is a public document and available to anyone from the County Clerk & Recorder=s office.
What can you do about this type of solicitation?
- Ignore the letter.
- File a complaint with your local district attorney=s office, community protection division, either over the phone or online.
- Boulder (303) 441-3700
- Denver (720) 913-9179
- Jefferson (303) 271-6931
- Adams (303) 659-7720
There are many other people trying to take advantage of seniors, please do not fall for these scams:
- A grandchild calling to ask you to wire them money because they are in trouble.
- The IRS calling to say you owe back taxes.
- The sheriff’s department calling to say you missed jury duty and owe a fine.
- You paid for someone to fix your computer and they need access to it.
This article was written by Tamra K Waltemath of Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. This information is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For specific questions, you should consult a qualified attorney. Tamra K. Waltemath is an elder law attorney focusing on wills, trusts, estate and trust administration, probate and non-probate transfers, guardianships and conservatorships. She can be contacted at: Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C., 3843 West 73rd Avenue, Westminster, CO 80030; 303-657-0360; or visit her website at: www.WaltemathLawOffice.com.