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4 Ways Probate Lawyers Can Use Public Records

Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Probate cases occur when the courts must oversee the distribution of a deceased person’s assets. Many estate plans include probate court to supervise the legal passing of property to heirs or beneficiaries. When the future executor of a will files a Petition for Probate of Will and Appointment of Executor, it begins probate. Once a judge probates a will, the will becomes part of public record.

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Understanding IRS Tax Liens

Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

If you’ve neglected to pay a tax debt, you may face a federal tax lien. Tax liens from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are legal claims against your property when you do not pay what you owe. There are many reasons you may be unable to fully pay your tax debt before the deadline. Unfortunately, the IRS is strict when it comes to payments. Here’s everything you need to know about finding and understanding IRS tax liens.

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Why Should Landmen Get Certified?

Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

As a landman, it’s your professional responsibility to be as knowledgeable about your craft as possible. Landowners rely on you to interpret their mineral deeds, identify legal problems, and develop appropriate solutions. Most property owners who hold mineral rights are not experts in local oil and gas laws. It’s a landman’s job to know these laws inside and out so he or she can offer trustworthy advice in the buying and selling of minerals. Certified landmen are a cut above ordinary, everyday landmen. Find out all the reasons you should start your journey toward certification.

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The History of the Railroad Commission of Texas

Posted on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is one of the oldest regulatory agencies in the country and the oldest in Texas. Established in 1891, the RRC has a long and interesting history overseeing the activities of several different industries, including oil and gas. Find out some of the intriguing things the RRC has accomplished in the last 125 years.

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What Is a Deed in Lieu?

Posted on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

If you’re a homeowner on the edge of foreclosure, you may have heard the phrase “deed in lieu.” A deed in lieu of foreclosure offers the mortgagor and the mortgagee a variety of benefits over foreclosing a home. Understanding the terms of a deed in lieu and when it’s in your best interest to use this tool is important for protecting your financial future. If it appears your home is on its way to foreclosure, here’s what you need to know.

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Everything You Need to Know About Proof of Ownership

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Property owners need to have a firm grasp on real property documents. Real property includes any structures existing on the property, and any person’s rights and interests relating to it. Real property also includes natural parts of the land, such as lakes, oil, or gas. Knowing which documents prove your legal land ownership and how to access them are important for protecting your ownership rights.

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What Do Surveyors Need to Know About Drone Usage?

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Technological advances affect every industry. From real estate apps to high-definition scanning in the oil and gas industry, the modern world has a solution for almost any problem a worker might encounter. One such innovation is the drone — a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines came into effect August 29, 2016, that make drone use widely approved and available for commercial applications.

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Are Mortgage Records Public?

Posted on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Public records enable society to stay informed about people, properties, taxes, and other issues. Freedom of Information (FOI) laws give the public access to certain data held by the government. The public has a right to receive information easily and at minimal cost to promote government openness and transparency. This information includes court documents, marriage certificates, and public mortgage records.

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Transferring Home Deeds: What You Need to Know

Posted on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

It’s not uncommon to transfer a home deed to a family member to ensure your property goes to the desired relative after your death. Transferring your home deed to a family member is a major decision requiring much thought and careful consideration. The transfer process is straightforward and relatively simple. It’s important to remember, though, that once you complete a home deed transfer, the new owner immediately takes over all ownership rights.

Here’s what you need to know about transferring a home deed.

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Property Report Searching Tips

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

There comes a time in the life of every successful real estate agent, attorney, and land professional that a property report search is necessary. The best professionals use property report searches regularly, staying up to date on the latest property information to be more efficient and informed about the pieces of land in which they are interested. However, many people don’t use property report searches to their fullest potential. Here are a few tips to make your property report search a success every time. 

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