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Doing business with local county clerks is about to get more expensive as new fees introduced


The cost of doing business at the county clerk’s offices is about to go up. The new fees will take effect at the beginning of the new calendar year.

In some cases, the fees will be three or four times what they are now.

The Kentucky General Assembly approved the changes earlier this year, and Gov. Matt Bevin signed the legislation into law in March, to take effect in January.

While county governments had nothing to do with it, the counties will benefit from it in the form of new revenue.

The following are some of the fee changes:

Deeds — currently $17 for the first three pages and $3 for each additional page, but the new fee will be $50 for the first five and $3 for each additional one.

Mortgages — currently $17 for the first three pages and $3 for each additional page, but the fee will go to $80 for the first 30 pages and $3 for each additional page.

Power of attorney — currently $17 for the first three pages and $3 for each additional page, but the new fee will be $50 for the first five and $3 for each additional page.

Wills — were an $8 flat fee, but now they will be $47 for the first five pages and $3 for each additional page.

This is the first big increase in fees for county clerks’ offices since 2007,.


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