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What Do You Need Before a Boundary Survey?

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

A boundary survey is a method for ascertaining the exact limits of a piece of property. Most homeowners probably have a general idea where their property lines are, but it’s vital to determine where these lines lie accurately before doing any work near the boundaries of a property. Without an accurate survey, you may unintentionally violate your property lines and be held liable for any resulting damages.

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The Types of Real Property Documents Found on CourthouseDirect.com

Posted on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

CourthouseDirect.com is an established and reliable source for all manner of courthouse documents. This enables those who need such documents to secure and file them properly, reducing stressors such as time restrictions and hunting down the proper documents for a situation. There are several types of real property documents you can find on CourthouseDirect.com, so we have created a brief explanation of the real property documents you can obtain and why they are important.

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Three Things You Need to Know About Equitable Title

Posted on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

Equitable title and legal title are often conflated, erroneously. This is understandable considering these two concepts cover very closely related things, but equitable title functions differently than legal title and entails certain considerations. It’s vital to understand the differences between equitable title and legal title, especially if one is dealing with bankruptcy filings.

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Can Errors in Public Records Affect You?

Posted on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 06:29 AM

State governments are responsible for maintaining public documents such as criminal records, real property documents, voter registrations, and deeds. Unfortunately, those in charge of these important records are only human. Mistakes are inevitable. Many public records have mistakes such as name misspellings, wrong addresses, or incorrect information. Most public record discrepancies are harmless, but on property records, they can affect the sale and purchase of a home. Find out all the ways an error on your property record could affect you.

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Reasons to Perform a House Title Search

Posted on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

If you don’t conduct a house title search on a property, you’ll be in the dark about its past, present, and future. A homeowner may have assured you there aren’t any liens against the property, but you may perform a public records search and discover that he or she is in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service.

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3 Benefits of Searching for Public Records Online

Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

In a country of convenience, it’s no surprise that more people are performing daily tasks online instead of in person. As the Internet grows to encompass nearly every aspect of life, people can shop, renew their driver’s licenses, or search the public records database from the comfort of their homes. There are many benefits to using an online public records database instead of visiting your local country clerk’s office. Online public records searching may become your new favorite pastime!

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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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