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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Execution Requirements for Non-Title Spouse or Legal Partner
  • Homestead-NO
  • Dower/Curtesy-NO
  • Community Property-NO
Encumbrance Form(s)

Business Filing Search

Link to State website to search business filings:  https://www.corporations.state.pa.us/corp/soskb/csearch.asp
Closing Performed By
Notary Public; no witnesses required
Mortgage/Deed Filing Fees
Varies, first four pages:  $15.50 to $50.00.  Additional pages:  $2.00 to $4.00 each.
Document Recording Standards
Minimum 10 point font, minimum paper size 8 1/2 x 11, maximum paper size 8 1/2 x 14, blue or black ink only, no highlighting, side and bottom margins of minimum 1", 3" margin across top of the first page of each instrument and 1 1/2" across the top of each remaining.  Non-conforming fee $20.00 if document does not meet standards.
Mortgage Tax
Transfer Tax
State charges 1% of consideration plus between 1% to 4.07% of consideration to county/city.

Real Estate Property Taxes

Each Annual:  County, Municipal, and School.  Due dates vary, but typically County and Municipal due March and School due August.
Bankruptcy Counties
Allegheny, Berks, Cambria, Dauphin, Erie, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, and Philadelphia.

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