You may be the meanest clerk in the land, but you are nicer than I am about
allowing researchers to run tabs.
In my office, we often hear that "all the other clerks do it" - not just
about running tabs but about checking title, faxing deeds, etc. - things
that we don't normally do. I think the people who use this line are
appealing to that part of us that doesn't want to be thought of as
mean. We have to get over that.
We only have one paralegal firm that runs a tab. They fill out a sheet (of
their own creation) each time they come in, and have us initial it. Then
at the end of the month they send us a check. We don't do any
billing. This system works only because they are the only ones who do that
in our office - if more people asked to run this sort of a tab, I don't
think we would notice if someone forgot to send their check. In other
words, we don't have the time or the means to keep track of what is owed,
so we have to charge at the time of service.
-Bobbi in Marshfield
At 08:39 AM 1/14/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>I was wondering how many clerk's offices allow title searchers to run a tab
>for their vault time and copies. When I came to Middlebury it was normal
>procedure and I don't find much of a problem with it except that we don't
>send bills out on a reg schedule and a few people get way behind on their
>pmts. I am just about to implement a system of billing on a reg schedule and
>charge interest on accts after 30 days. I also plan to suspend charging
>privleges on accts after 60 days. I don't want to completely shock our
>clientele and was wondering what other clerks do.
>Currently if a searcher does not have an acct with us I will not give them a
>bill. They must pay at the time of service. Lately I continually hear how I
>am the only clerk in the State that is this mean. Am I the meanest clerk in
>Ann F. Webster
>Middlebury Town Clerk/Treasurer
>94 Main Street
>Middlebury VT 05753