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 to the position of Register of Deeds on May 21, 2019. He joins Milwaukee County from the law firm Ramón & Medrano, S.C., where he has been a shareholder since 2013. He is also a supplemental court commissioner appointed by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Carolina M. Stark in 2014.
A native of Sabinas Hidalgo in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Ramón came to the United States when he was 8 months old. Raised in Waukegan, Illinois, with two brothers and a sister, his parents insisted their children excel in school. Ramón became a U.S. citizen in 1987 and received his Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 1994.
Prior to practicing law, Ramón was a registered respiratory and clinical instructor for 10 years. For the past 25 years, he has practiced law in the areas of workers’ compensation and Social Security disability. He has served as chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Annual Worker’s Compensation Update seminars and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys, the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association and the LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin. He has served on the boards of the ACLU of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Voces de la Frontera, Centro Hispano Milwaukee and the Spanish Centers of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties. He is a pro bono attorney for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.
"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.”
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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