Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Branch County

Where is the Branch County Clerk/Register of Deeds's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Branch County Register of Deeds Office located at:

23 East Pearl Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
Phone: 517.279.4320

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Including the lunch hour. Documents received 4:30 or after will be recorded the following morning.

Branch County now accepts electronic recording of documents.

Branch County currently accepts eRecordings from five submitting vendors. To compare prices and to begin eRecording with the office, contact:

Corporation Service Company
(866) 652-0111

eRecording Partners Network
(888) 325-3365

Indecomm Global Services
(877) 272- 5250

Simplifile
(800) 460-5657

Nationwide Title Clearing
(727) 771-4000

What is Branch County's Recording Backlog?

The Branch County Register of Deeds Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Branch County?

If your construction project is located in Branch County, then yes, you should file your lien here.

What are Branch County's requirements for recording a mechanics lien?

The Branch County Register of Deeds Office’s recording requirements are as follows:

A stamped envelope is required for the return of all documents. (Or you can eRecord)

1. Signatures must be original; and names must be typed or printed beneath signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (a)

2. No discrepancy shall exist between names printed in the notary acknowledgment and as printed beneath signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (b)

3. Instruments conveying or mortgaging property shall state the marital status of all male grantors/mortgagors. MCLA 565.221 (Only on documents that were prepared before April 6, 2017)

4. The address of the grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate shall contain the street number address or post office address. MCLA 565.201 Sec 1 (d)

5. The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on documents executed in Michigan. MCLA 565.201 a

6. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan require an acknowledgment by a judge, clerk of a court of record or a notary public within this State. MCLA 565.8; 565.47 form: MCLA 565.265; 565.267

7. A certified copy of the death certificate or proof of death must be recorded or have been recorded and referenced by Liber and Page or Document number on said document when “survivor” is indicated on the document. MCLA 565.48

8. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court. MCLA 565.401, 565.411

9. The document submitted for recording must be: legible, black ink, type size 10 point, white 20 lb. paper, with a blank margin of 2 1/2″ at the top of the first page and 1/2″ on all other margins. Documents must display on the first line of print of the first page, a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1

10. Total value of real property must be stated on the face of the document or a real estate valuation affidavit must be attached. MCLA 207.504, 207.525

11. Transfer tax shall be collected on the total value of the land being transferred unless exempt from either or both acts; the exemption(s) must be stated on the instrument. MCLA 207.502, 207.511, MCLA 207.526, 207.533

12. Fees due upon recording. MCLA 600.2567, 600.2567 (a) 211.135

What are the margin & page size requirements to file a lien in Branch County?

The Branch County Register of Deeds Office’s page requirements are as follows:

The document submitted for recording must be: legible, black ink, type size 10 point, white 20 lb. paper, with a blank margin of 2 1/2″ at the top of the first page and 1/2″ on all other margins.

How can I make payment to the Branch County Clerk/Register of Deeds's Office?

The Branch County Register of Deeds Office accepts check payments.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Branch County?

The Branch County Register of Deeds Office’s recording fees are as follows:

Recording Fees: $30 regardless of how many pages. $4.00 of this fee is deposited to the Michigan State Survey and Remonumentation (MSSR) fund. The MSSR fee is not assessed on Fixture Filings, State Liens, Federal Liens, State Deeds, Plats or Tax Reversion Documents. MCLA 600.2567a(4)

Recording Fees for State, Federal and M.E.S.C. Liens
Federal:
$30.00 for Notice of Lien for Real Property
$30.00 for Personal Property
$30.00 for Certificate of Release for Real or Personal Property
$30.00 for Certificate of Discharge for Real Property
$30.00 for Personal Property

State:
$30.00 for Notice of Lien for Real Property
$30.00 for Personal Property
$30.00 for Certificate of Release for Real or Personal Property
$30.00 for Certificate of Discharge for Real Property
$30.00 for Personal Property.

M.E.S.C. (Michigan Employment Security Act)
$30.00 for Notice of Lien
$30.00 for Discharge of Lien.

UCC (Fixture Filing) Recording Fee
$30 for any amount of pages. This includes amendments, assignments, releases and terminations. For a Fixture Filing Original, a legal description must be attached.

Assignment and Discharge Fees
For any document which assigns or discharges more than one instrument: $3.00 shall be added to the recording fee for each additional instrument so assigned or discharged.

Warranty Deeds & Land Contracts
A tax certificate must be obtained from the County Treasurer’s Office prior to recording any of the following [MCLA 211.135]:

Warranty Deed
Any Deed which contains a covenant of warranty
Land Contract
Land Contract Memorandum with warranty clause
Tax Certifications
$5.00 per document for up to 5 descriptions
20 cents per additional description over 5
A separate check made payable to the Treasurer’s Office is required.

Copy, Search, Certification, Fax & Email Fees
Copy Fee
Real Estate Recorded Copy $1.00 per page

Certification Fee
$5.00 Per Document Fee for certification of any of the above copies. (To be eligible for certification, the document must be copied in its entirety.)

Search Fee
Searching the Real Estate Records
Per name $0.50 per year – $5.00 minimum fee
State Tax Lien $3.00 per name searched
Federal Tax Lien $3.00 per name searched

Fax &/or Email Fee:
$5.00 each

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Branch County Clerk/Register of Deeds's Office?

You can obtain a copy of your lien in person at the Branch County Register of Deeds Office located at:

23 East Pearl Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
Phone: 517.279.4320

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Including the lunch hour.

Copy fees are as follows:

Real Estate Recorded Copy: $1.00 per page

Certification Fee: $5.00 Per Document Fee for certification of any of the above copies. (To be eligible for certification, the document must be copied in its entirety.)

You can also search for a document from the Register of Deeds office (pay per search) online at: https://tapestry.fidlar.com/Tapestry2/

or you can subscribe for remote access for documents from the Register of Deeds (pay monthly).

Fill out the application and fax it to the Register Of Deeds: 517-279-6458.

You can access a copy of the application here: https://www.countyofbranch.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2018/10/laredo_remote_access_application.pdf

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