The Michigan Fidlar eByte – June 2018

Benzie County Experiences LifeCycle Benefits

  • Transition to AVID to update office technology
  • Fidlar installs, configures and performs on-site training
  • iNSPECT Advances Recording Accuracy
  • LifeCycle Maximizes Recording Software Value

Benzie County has fully transitioned to the land recording management system, AVID. With the change, the Register of Deeds Office will be best prepared to integrate software upgrades and modular releases from Fidlar. Project Manager Lauren Davis was onsite to acclimate staff with important aspects of the system as well as how to best use iNSPECT, the assisted indexing feature. When used in processing, iNSPECT greatly increases recording accuracy while decreasing the chances of typographical error. Along with their transition to AVID, Benzie County has moved to the AVID BASTION hosted server environment.

Additionally, office staff have implemented iNSPECT, the assisted indexing feature. Features such as iNSPECT, along with other major components of AVID are integrated within a singular system to maximize the recording abilities for the Register of Deeds Office.

Benzie County was able to take advantage of their LifeCycle Partnership. With LifeCycle, offices can make the switch to a completely new, upgraded recording system without additional cost. Valuable upgrades and new modular software such as Anchor, Iris, SWIFT, and iNSPECT are also free for implementation as soon as they are released. Non-LifeCycle customers pay to implement each of these items.


“At the beginning of May, Benzie County went live with AVID and we’ve been very pleased with the decision to do so. We have been a Fidlar Partner since 2004, which gave us the confidence that the change to AVID would be beneficial. Our Project Manager Lauren Davis came onsite to train us for AVID and the experience was excellent, she did a fantastic job and is still available for follow-up questions when need be. I’m also thrilled to have our office now working with BASTION and to know that the real estate records will be protected at all times from any possible threat. Fidlar has a lot to offer us and we are delighted to be a partner!” – Amy Bissell, Benzie County Register of Deeds