I received this from the KBA this morning. This should answer your question regarding if an attorney must sign a mortgage release:
(From Debra Stamper)
I have received recent calls from members who have been questioned by local bank counsel regarding mortgage releases. Some attorneys believe that the preparation and filing of a mortgage release by a bank employee is the unauthorized practice of law. Click here (http://www.kybanks.com/Libraries/pdf/leg110905unauthorizedprackba.sflb.ashx
)to find a copy of a letter received by one of our members in 1999 from the Kentucky Bar Association, with a final determination that it is NOT the unauthorized practice of law.