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If one of the joint owners has passed, then the survivor is the sole owner of the mortgage and only that survivor would need to sign off on any release of the mortgage for it to be filed. It would also be a good idea to record a copy of the death certificate along with the release effectively showing that only one signature is needed as the survivor is automatically the sole owner of the debt.
Agreed, it is always a good idea to check with a professional even if your instincts tell you that you are correct. Better safe than sorry.
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