Electronic recording has the potential to revolutionize the way local attorneys do conveyancing. In a typical transaction today, the buyers, sellers, and brokers all meet at the lawyer's office, documents are signed, and someone brings the documents to be recorded to the registry of deeds. A final rundown is done and the documents go on record. Only then are the funds released. Then it's a long wait to recieve the original documents from the registry. Electronic recording will make this entire process much more efficient. The parties will still gather at the lawyer's office, but once the documents are signed, the lawyer and her staff can complete the entire transaction in a matter of minutes without ever leaving the office. First, they would use their own desktop scanner to create electronic images of the documents to be recorded. Next, information about those documents would be entered into a secure, web-based user interface. Then, the lawyer would do a quick rundown using the registry's website which is continuously updated with newly recorded documents. If the title remains free and clear, the lawyer simply clicks on the "send" button and the electronic package of document images and data zip across the Internet to a registry recording terminal. The registry clerk will verify the images to make sure they are legible, will verify that the data that has been entered (names and addresses, mostly) is accurate, and will click the "record" button. Those documents are now on record. The attorney will immediately receive via the Internet a receipt showing the time of recording, book and page number and recording fee of each document. The lawyer will also receive an electronic image of the recorded document complete with all recording information on it. Before the seller is done telling the buyer which day the garbage is collected, you're on record with a receipt and a copy of the recorded document. The originals have never left your custody. Maybe it's difficult to envision this without seeing the system in operation. We're working on some modifications to our website that will include a PowerPoint-type presentation on the new system. Stay tuned to the blog for more information on electronic recording.