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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Execution Requirements for Non-Title Spouse or Legal Partner
  • Homestead-YES, non-titled spouse must sign if a declaration of homestead is recorded.  State recognizes civil union partners.
  • Dower/Curtesy-NO
  • Community Property-NO
Encumbrance Form(s)

Business Filing Search

Link to State website to search business filings:  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/
Closing Performed By
Attorney; no witnesses required
Mortgage/Deed Filing Fees
Deeds:  $125.00.  Add additional fee in Norfolk and Plymouth:  $1.00
Mortgages:  $175.00.  Add additional fee in Norfolk and Plymouth:  $1.00
Document Recording Standards
maximum paper size 8 1/2 x 14, single sided only, 3" x3" margin on top right of the first page of each instrument.  All margins must be of sufficient size to be legibly reproduced on standard registry scanners.
Mortgage Tax
Transfer Tax
$2.28 per every five hundred dollars or fraction thereof except in Barnstable, which is $2.85 per every five hundred dollars or fraction thereof.

Real Estate Property Taxes

Quarterly and Semi-Annual, varies by muncipality.  Due dates August, November, February, and May for Quarterly and November and May for Semi-Annual.
Bankruptcy Counties
Barnstable, Hampden, Suffolk, and Worcester.

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