A new law signed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker makes it tougher for profiteers to solicit high fees for copies of property deeds, estate records and birth certificates.
Buffalo County Register of Deeds Carol Burmeister says a rise in deed-processing schemes aimed at homeowners led to legislation making it more difficult for businesses to sell inexpensive public records at huge markups.
Official looking notices sent to homeowners try to pressure them into buying deeds and property profiles in order to confirm their ownership in real estate
Burmeister says companies have charged $60 to $90 for property and deed records that are available for free public inspection anytime at the county register of deeds office in the courthouse at Alma.
And if someone wants a copy of their property deed, it normally costs only $2 to $3 to obtain the record from the register of deeds office at Alma, according to Burmeister.
She says anyone receiving an offer for help in obtaining copies of real estate records or birth certificates should contact the register of deeds office for help in obtaining the records inexpensively.