Does a Register of Deeds have the authority to refuse to record documents that contain questionable signatures—often referred to as robosigning? There are 21 registers across the Commonwealth who took a vote concerning the matter, according to Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley.
“Recently, the Register of Deeds Association, of which I’m a member, voted to send a letter to Attorney General Coakley to meet specifically on the issue of robosigning and whether the Registry should be denying these documents based upon a question of properly signing the documents,” said Buckley.
This question has become more public since the Salem Register John O’Brien took a stand refusing to record such documents. With the hundreds of thousands of documents routinely processed by the registry, how does one identify fraudulent signatures?
“What Register O’Brien has done, is hired an outside forensic service and they’ve come in and in his registry and they’ve done a study and found that many of the documents have the same signature on them,” said Buckley.
Registers are waiting to hear from the Attorney General concerning when their meeting with her will take place.