Your Uncle Bob promised to give you an extra quarter acre for that future septic system for your Maine home.The Maine land needed when the one its last leg septic system for your existing home gives up the ghost.
When you get the deed to the Maine land, and glad of it before Uncle Bob dies and all is forgotten with his kids in the estate shake down shuffle, record it.
Trot up those court house steps to the registry of deeds in the county, one of sixteen in Maine that it should be put on record for the world to see.
Lose the recorded Maine land deed original, it's not the end of the world.It is on record in the registry. But also microfilmed with back up copies to the Maine land. In the case of a fire, destruction of public building used at the library of who owns what and where, plus when it all happened.
But here is another reason to get the deed to the Maine land on record pronto. Quick like a bunny as I would urge one of the four kids growing up, when they were too short for the rides at Disney. Picture this situation.
You are one of eight people who get a portion of say 40 acres of Maine land, ground.This division was done before the state said "please people, no more than two pieces in a five year period". We're talking before 1972 and long before the 40 year exemption to what did or did not trigger the count of the pieces of property, Maine land created.
Like the kid's story about the three, make that eight little piggies. This one got roast beef, on down the line. You know the rhyme. But you don't want to be holding the deed, the unrecorded one to Maine land and be the little pig who ended up with none. Zip. Nada.
If the other seven of the eight grantees, buyers of property trotting right in to the registry of deeds, record their legal description and pay the Maine property transfer tax for the land, you being the turtle and pulling up the rear may come up short in the acreage promised. If you get any at all. When the property dividing smoke settles, if the forty acres was only thirty seven, or less in reality, then the last guy in to the pits during the Maine land race, gets the smaller, runt of the litter piece, parcel.
Like can you say my five acres is really two acres? Or none?Sure you can. I knew you could.
Not fair? Well it provides for a consistent manner to determine who gets what is really there in the total acreage or not when a survey shows a deficiency. Last guy or gal to record their deed, if there is a shortage, comes up with the straw that is not the tallest. Record your deed. Get it put on record before everyone else in the property shuffling card game. Maine, pretty outspoken, but from the heart honest, down to earth and no games, spin, punches pulled.