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Welcome to Bentley Title Company

Welcome to Bentley Title Company [Licensed (#0009055) in the State of Missouri], located in Hermitage, Missouri, gateway to beautiful Lake Pomme de Terre. We offer abstract, title and escrow services as well as land surveying services to our local Hickory County communities.

Hermitage is the County Seat of Hickory County which was founded in 1845 and named by the Missouri Legislature in honor of "Old Hickory" Andrew Jackson. The county seat was named for "The Hermitage", President Jackson's home. Our business has been in continuous operation since 1887 when Mr. C. M. Bentley first opened a Title and Abstract business to serve county residents. Our office is located on the public square across the street from the courthouse.

It is the goal of our staff to provide outstanding customer service with your business transaction. Please contact us for your title, escrow and surveying needs.

Closing and Document Fees

Closing Fees:

Closing Fees for most transactions will run $200.00. This fee is generally split 50/50 between seller and buyer. However, this is a negotiable item and the final distribution of the charge will be determined by the sales contract.

Document Preparation*:

  • Warranty or Quit-Claim Deed: $50.00 ea.
  • Beneficiary Deeds: $50.00 ea.
  • Mortgage Deed of Trust with Promissory Note: $60.00 ea.
  • Amortization Schedules: $5.00 ea.
  • Deed of Release: $40.00 ea.
  • Affidavits: $50.00 ea.

*Legal documents prepared by James. P. Anderton, Esq.

Missouri Department of Revenue Documents

  • Form 5312, Affidavit of Affixation: $25.00
  • Form 5313, Affidavit of Severance: $25.00
  • Form 5314, Application for Confirmation of Conversion: $10.00
  • Form 5315, Application for Surrender of Title: $10.00

Contact Information


113 W. Polk St.
Hermitage, MO  65668





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About Bentley Title Company

Bentley Title Company was established by C.M. Bentley and operated by the Bentley family until 1946 when it was acquired by Mr. Virgil McNabb. McNabb owned and operated the business until 1967 when it was acquired by Don and Geraldine Freeman and was operated by Michael Freeman until December 2019 when the business was sold to Alpha Title Guaranty, Inc. headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Freeman continues to provide assistance with surveying and title description issues.

We are the only Title Company in Hickory County with books dating back to the founding of the County. Although we still provide title abstracting, the majority of our business is now title insurance. We are an agent for Alliant National Title Insurance Co. headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, providing both owners and lenders title insurance commitments and policies.

Other services offered by our organization are Real Estate Closing Services, Escrow Services (including 103 1 Exchange and construction disbursing) and Land Survey services (both boundary and Surveyor's Real Property Reports commonly known as 'Mortgage Surveys').