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State of Illinois

Execution Requirements for Non-Title Spouse or Legal Partner
  • Homestead-YES, non-titled spouse must sign if subject property is the homestead
  • Dower/Curtesy-NO
  • Community Property-NO
Encumbrance Form(s)

Business Filing Search

Link to State website to search business filings:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/home.html

Closing Performed By
Notary Public; no witnesses required.
Mortgage/Deed Filing Fees
Varies by County; First four pages:  $18.00 - $73.00.  Additional pages:  $1.00 - $2.00 each. 
Document Recording Standards
Minimum 10 point font.  Paper size of 8 1/2 x 11.  1/2" margin on all pages with a blank space of 3" x 5" on the top right corner corner of the first page.
Mortgage Tax
Transfer Tax
$0.50 per every five hundred dollars or fraction thereof for State and $0.25 per every five hundred dollars or fraction thereof for County transfer tax.  Some cities/towns impose local real estate transfer tax in addition to the county and state fees.

Real Estate Property Taxes

Semi-Annual.  Due dates are typically January and June.
Bankruptcy Counties
Cook, Franklin, Peoria, St. Clair, Sangamon, Winnebago, and Vermilion

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