What We Do
The following documents and services are available through the Register of Deeds:
- Certified copies of birth, death and marriage records
- Request to file a military discharge for safe keeping
In addition, the Office of the Register of Deeds records, scans and compiles an index of real estate documents, corporation papers and military discharges; records informal probate instruments; files and keeps an index of financing statements; collects the real estate transfer tax; and performs such other functions as provided, pursuant to Sections 59.51, 69.23 and other pertinent sections of the Wisconsin Statutes.
Our Mission: The mission of the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds Office is to provide timely, secure, accurate, archival accessible and cost-effective record systems and services that are delivered in a prompt and courteous manner.
Your Register of Deeds
Israel Ramón was appointed Milwaukee County Register of Deeds by Governor Tony Evers on May 10, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney in private practice for 25 years. He is also a supplemental court commissioner appointed by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge, the honorable Carolina M. Stark in 2014.
He holds an associate's degree from the College of Lake County, a bachelor's degree in management and business (magna cum laude) from Barat College and a juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School. Prior to practicing law, Ramón was a registered respiratory therapist engaged in clinical practice and education.
He was listed as a leading lawyer by Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine in July 2014 and 2015. He is a fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation and a member of the following organizations: the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association (Legislative Committee), PRIA - the Property Records Industry Association (Redaction and Privacy Work Groups), the Wisconsin County Constitutional Officers (Legal Defense Fund), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Wisconsin Association of Worker Compensation Attorneys, the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, the Milwaukee Water Commons Task Force, the ACLU of Wisconsin, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera and is a former legal advisor to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Wisconsin and the Mexican Consulate of Milwaukee and Chicago.
"I pledge to work very hard for the residents of Milwaukee County to meet the statutory obligations of the Register of Deeds Office, continue its efficient operations, improve on the delivery of services where needed, move the office forward technologically and be transparent in what we do to restore the public’s confidence in our operations.” Israel Ramón - May 21, 2019
Property Fraud Alert
The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds offers a free online automated service in which property owners can sign up to have their name monitored so as to track possible fraudulent activity. Participants will be notified only when the exact name they have submitted to Property Fraud Alert (PFA) is listed as a grantor or grantee on a document recorded in the Register of Deeds office.
While PFA will not prevent fraud from happening, it provides an early warning system that will allow property owners to take appropriate action should they believe fraudulent activity has occurred with their property.
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