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Recording a copy of the certificate of name change may be a suggested method to save paperwork and fees associated with filing a new deed. This may be a matter of recognized procedure or practice that varies by county. Some counties recognize this procedure, while others require a new deed when an individual changes his or her name. In counties that accept this practice, the filing of a new deed will not necessarily offer any further protection. Some counties do not require that anything be done to deeds when a person changes his or her name. In those counties, reference to the name change will be made during the sale of the property or in the event of the death of one or both joint tenants by the representative of the estate through the probate court.