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State of Wisconsin

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.wdfi.org/

Closing Performed By
Notary Public; no witnesses required.
Mortgage/Deed Filing Fees

Flat fee of $25.00 plus $5.00 redact fee per instrument.  As each county has successfully redacted all social security numbers from electronic format, the redact fee will be dropped.  Contact County to verify if redact fee still applies.

Document Recording Standards
Paper size of 8 1/2" x 11" or 8 1/2" x 14" only.  1/2" margin across top with a 3" x 3" right hand corner on first page and 1/4" sides and bottom margins. 
Mortgage Tax
Transfer Tax
$3.00 per every thousand dollars or fraction thereof.

Real Estate Property Taxes

Annual with a Semi-Annual option.  Due date is January for Annual OR January and July for Semi-Annual option.
Bankruptcy Counties
Dane, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee.

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