Scotland County Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds is elected in partisan elections every 4 years. The office is the custodian of documents recorded from the beginning of the county to the present day. It records real estate documents, births and deaths. The office also issues marriage licenses, handles notary commissions, military discharge recordings, and provides certified birth and death certificates, and other documents.
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L. Page Pratt III
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To serve the citizens of Scotland County through effective, efficient and innovative ways while maintaining the integrity of the records and office
This office requires a diverse mix of skills covering customer service, business management and legal knowledge. I grew up in Scotland County before attending Wake Forest University where I majored in Business Administration and graduated with honors. I passed the North Carolina bar exam after graduating with honors from the :University of Georgia School of Law. With those degrees in hand, I came back to Laurinburg and helped run a family business where I served a variety of rolls from customer service, to proof reader, to lawyer and a just about anything in between.
A favorite phrase from Boy Scouting is "seek your share of the world's work to do" and I think this is a role that allows me to accomplish that goal. My education, skills and interests fit this position extremely well and allow the citizens of Scotland county to count on me to serve them.
We are focused on maintaining the operation of the office in the face of the pandemic. We modified our procedures and worked with vendors to facilitate offering all our services to the public despite the challenges in the current environment.
We are continually working to make the office as effective and efficient as possible. Under my leadership we have completed scanning all of our deeds and deeds of trust--at least a year ahead of schedule--as well as moving more records and activities into electronic formats. Electronic recording options, birth certificates from other NC counties and credit card processing have already been implemented and we continue to look for other ways to better serve those whose records are entrusted to us.
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