Register of Deeds
Who We Are
The Register of Deeds is a constitutional office established by the Tennessee state legislature as the official record keeper of legal documents pertaining to real property. These documents include Warranty Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Releases, Power of Attorney, Liens, Plats, Amendments and other miscellaneous documents designated by state law to be recorded by the Register of Deeds.
The mission of the Lawrence County Register of Deeds office is to provide accurate recording of public records for all who use the office. A large percentage of citizens will invest in real property at some point in their lives. In many instances this will be the largest investment these citizens ever make. Therefore, the integrity of these records is extremely important. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service and convenient access to these records utilizing the latest technology in an effective and customer friendly manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you inform me of any liens or mortgages on a specific property?
No, this requires a title search to be performed by an attorney or title company. Therefore, we have no legal authority to provide you with this information.
Who owns a certain property?
Our records are indexed by a grantor/grantee system in accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee. We can find a deed by name only in our office. If you have only an address, you may call the Assessor of Property who will provide you with the the owners name and any references needed for our office to accurately find the deed for the property.
What method of payment do we accept?
We accept cash, check or money order. We also accept most credit cards with a 3% fee charged at the time of recording.
Can the Register's office provide maps to a property?
If your property is in a subdivision we will be able to provide a copy of the recorded plat. For any property not located in a subdivision the Assessor of Property can provide tax and aerial maps of acreage property. These maps are not official surveys, only drawn by the description cited on the deeds.
Are wills recorded in the Register of Deeds office?
Non-probated wills are kept in a safe place until death, because they can be changed at any time. Once a will has been probated it can be recorded in the Register's office.
Can the Register of Deeds office prepare or help prepare a deed?
We are unable to prepare or help prepare any document. We are also not able to provide any forms to be completed for recording. If you have any questions as to how a document is prepared you would need to contact an attorney's office or a title company.
I have paid off my mortgage and need my deed. What do I do?
You would have received your original deed when you purchased your property whether you had a mortgage or not. What you will receive when you pay off your mortgage is a release from your financial institution. We can however provide you a copy or a certified copy of your deed and also a copy of the release once it is recorded in our office.
Can the Register of Deeds speak to my civic or church organization?
Yes. Please contact our office to schedule a time and date.