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Why my attorney is holding on my deed?

Rock Hill, SC |

I am living in PA ,But I bought a house in SC 3 months ago.My attorney is holding on my deed and not sending it to me! What can I do? I don't know why he is doing it?

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Ask your attorney in writing. After you send the letter, call the attorney to make sure the letter arrived. If he or she does not reply in a reasonable time, contact the SC Bar Client Assistance Program ( That will probably get the matter resolved.

In the unlikely case that does not resolve the issue, you can contact the SC Judicial Department, Commission on Lawyer Conduct (

The deed may be in the process of being recorded and microfiched, but should be available fairly soon. If there was a problem with t he closing or the deed instrument, your attorney should be able to explain that to you and should explain that to you.

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Paul is correct, you should ask for an answer in writing. Have you got a clocked copy of the deed indicating that it has been recorded? If so, you should be OK on this. In my county, the general time to get a deed back is about six weeks. Three months is a bit long.

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