Doing research on deeds, contracts, liens, and other documents housed in the Letcher County Court Clerk’s Office has become easier and more comfortable thanks to an expansion and renovation of the Deeds Room. County Court Clerk Winston Meade said he had set a goal of opening up the cramped spaces in the office and providing more new computers and tables to make document searches easier to conduct. Deputy Clerk Lisa Maggard said the expansion has put Letcher County ahead of surrounding counties when it comes to searching for records.
“People from other counties say they can come in and do three deeds in the time it takes them to do one in their county,” said Maggard. “It’s really quick now to look for something.”
Maggard said attorneys, realtors, land agent appraisers, and the general public all use the office frequently and that the most common searches are for deeds. She said land disputes, and the need for copies, mortgages, and wills prompt the searches. The computer capacity has been doubled from five to 10 and Maggard said the new computers make it much easier and faster to conduct a search. She said gas company representatives often do searches for land titles, plat maps (maps showing property lines), and other property information as well.
The computers run a menudriven software program with drop-down menus to facilitate the search. Maggard demonstrated how an individual can look up mortgages, liens, and other documents and how to look for a deed. She said individual users are welcome to come in and create their own computer account so they can log in and conduct searches.
Deeds, mortgages, wills, leases, contracts, articles of incorporation, pending contracts, and property bonds are among the items which can be located with the computers. The books which house the hard copies are still in the office and have been moved back several feet to make the area more spacious and to accommodate the new computers and tables. Veterans’ discharge records are also housed in the office but are not open to the public because of the amount of personal information contained in them.