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Land Registration is a separate system of recording documents. The Land Court is a Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, which determines ownership of real property that has been disputed. The Registry of Deeds operates as a Registry District of the Land Court. After the Land Court renders its decision as to the ownership and boundary lines of real property, the ownership of that parcel can never again be disputed. The Registered Land section retains all original documents that are registered, including the original deed. A parcel of land can be registered with the Land Court even if there is no dispute, but the cost for the official title search, survey of the property, petition and other fees are substantial and time consuming.
In Registered Land, the Registry of Deeds issues a Certificate of Title when a deed is put on record. The Certificate of Title is a decree in which the Land Court declares that a particular person is the owner of a particular parcel of property, and any document that affects the ownership of that parcel is annotated on the back of the same Certificate of Title, until the property is sold to a new owner.
The customer is solely responsible for recording (“registering”) Registered Land documents in the correct section of the Registry of Deeds. While Registry personnel will make every effort to record documents in the correct section of the Registry of Deeds, this is only a courtesy, and the Registry of Deeds bears no responsibility for recording documents in the correct Registry section. Should a document be recorded in the wrong Registry section, it is the full and total responsibility of the customer to correct such error at his/her own expense.
If you are unsure whether or not your property is Registered Land, please contact the Registry of Deeds before presenting your document. Registry personnel can be reached at 413-528-0146.
In most cases the requirements for Registered Land documents are the same as those for Recorded Land, however, some additional requirements are as follows: