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Many homeowners are facing difficult financial challenges - trying to make timely mortgage or rent payments and controlling credit card debt, all with less income. While no specific programs exist to help with property taxes, there are several other types of assistance programs home owners can explore that might help to free up financial resources so taxes can be paid on time, ultimately avoiding foreclosure. United Way of Lake County has put together a flyer with detailed information. It includes directions for calling your lender, steps to make your home more affordable, ways to seek legal assistance and ways to explore social services.
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This is a copy of the Lake County ordinance pertaining to the collection of the real estate transfer tax. The Recorder of Deeds Office collects this tax on behalf of Lake County.
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This publication provides information regarding the recording requirements for municipal liens.
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Public Act 96-1121 became effective on January 1, 2011. The act amends the Business Corporation Act of 1983 by removing the requirement to record various corporate documents in the Recorder of Deeds Office.
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Guidelines and reference information for plat recordings.
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This memo informs everyone of the enactment of Public Act 097-0555 (HB 1153) which goes into effect January 1, 2012. This legislation allows a property owner to, in essence, transfer property to a beneficiary by way of a new instrument called a “Transfer on Death Instrument”.
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This brochure provided by the Recorder of Deeds provides important definitions on property ownership, senior tax programs and reference information.
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Lake County military veterans need to file a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to receive benefits for disabilities, diseases, or injuries which were incurred during or following military service. This publication provides the top ten reasons a veteran should file a VA compensation claim.

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Mary Ellen Vanderventer
Lake County Recorder of Deeds
18 N County St - 6th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847.377.2575
Fax: 847.984.5860
Email: recorder@lakecountyil.gov

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm