Session Law 2019-117 goes into effect on October 1, 2019, and requires any instrument to be recorded in the Register of Deeds have a margin of at least one-half inch. [N.C. Gen. Stat. §161-14(b)(2)] This will increase the margin from a quarter-inch to a half-inch and will allow the Register to reject any instrument which violates the new margin (or charge a non-conforming document fee of $25.00). Check your forms and watch for signatures, initials or interlineations which violate the new margin requirement.
Nick is a former Vice President of Underwriting for LM Title Agency, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lawyers Mutual. Prior to joining LM Title, Nick worked for a national underwriter as their NC State Counsel. Since 2003, Nick has worked for a number of different NC title companies. Before that, Nick spent 23 years in private practice handling residential and commercial transactions and real estate litigation. Nick has served as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Real Property Section Council and was a founding board member for LiensNC,LLC. He is currently on the Executive Board of the NC Land Title Association and has been recognized by the NCBA as a Citizen Lawyer. Contact Nick directly at 919-585-5642 or email@example.com.