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Pennsylvania - Columbia County Certificate of Trust Form

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Columbia County Certificate of Trust Form Page 1

Certificate of Trust Form - Columbia County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 10/16/2020


Columbia County Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document - Columbia County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 9/15/2020


*The Following Pennsylvania and Columbia County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Realty Transfer Tax

Realty Transfer Tax

Complete each section and file in duplicate with Recorder of Deeds when: (1) the full value/consideration is not set forth in the deed, (2) the deed is without consideration or by gift, or (3) a tax exemption is claimed. Note: This is a statewide form, required in every county where applicable.


Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax

This document provides information on transfer tax in Pennsylvania. It also list transfer tax exemptions to determine whether the deed in question is exempt.


Valuation Factors

Valuation Factors

If transfer tax is due, this list will show how much is owed by county. The longer version of the list includes past rates.


Homestead Exemptions

Homestead Exemptions

For properties considered the primary residence of the taxpayer, a homestead exemption may exist. The Columbia County Homestead Exemption can reduce the appraised valuation of a primary residence before calculating the property tax owed, resulting in a lower annual property tax rate for owner-occupied homes.


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by Pennsylvania notaries.


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  • How long does it take to get my forms?
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  • What are supplemental forms?
    • Often when a deed is recorded additional documents are required by the state or local jurisdiction. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.
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  • Can the forms be re-used?
    • Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in a given county that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in that county.
  • Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Columbia County ?
    • Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Columbia County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.
  • Do I have to enter all of my property information online?
    • No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.
  • Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?
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  • Are there any recurring fees involved?
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Areas covered by these Certificate of Trust Forms:

  • Columbia County

Including:

  • Aristes
  • Benton
  • Berwick
  • Bloomsburg
  • Catawissa
  • Lightstreet
  • Mifflinville
  • Millville
  • Numidia
  • Orangeville
  • Stillwater
  • Wilburton

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What is the Pennsylvania Certificate of Trust?

Find the laws regarding certificates of trust at section 7790.3 of the Pennsylvania Statutes.

A trustee is a person or entity who holds title to a trust's assets on behalf of a settlor. Trustees use an official document called a certificate of trust to validate the trust's existence and confirm their authority to act on its behalf.

In order to facilitate transactions dealing with real property in a trust, lenders may require the trustee to furnish a certificate of trust. Third parties may also request a certificate to confirm the trustee has the authority, for example, to transfer real property out of the trust and to them.

The certificate presents essential information about the (unrecorded) full trust instrument, while protecting the confidentiality of its specific details. A recipient of a certificate may still request copies of certain sections of the trust instrument, particularly those establishing the appointment of a trustee and the trustee's powers, as well as amendments to the trust, but the request opens up certain liabilities, as enumerated in P.S. 7790.3(e),(h).

Section 7790.3 governs the contents and effect of the certificate. Requirements of the certificate include basic information such as the name of the settlor of the trust, the type of trust, the taxpayer identification number assigned to the trust, the acting trustee's name, and the relevant powers of the trustee. The trustee executes and signs the certificate and submits it for recording in the county in which the real property with which the trust is concerned is located.

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