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Historic Records Glossary: Terms to Know

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

While browsing through the public historic records database, you’ll likely encounter a few uncommon terms used in records long ago. To truly understand what you’re reading, you need a basic understanding of these terms and their meanings in certain documents. Archival terminology is a group all its own, with words that have specialized meanings specific to researchers. These terms will help you gain more from your historic records research.

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Public Record Tips for Lawyers

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Lawyers use public records extensively to gather evidence, conduct background research, and support their cases overall. From filing pleadings to in-depth investigative research, lawyers take advantage of public records to better serve their clients. Knowing how to use public records to your greatest advantage can help you further your career and gain notoriety as an expert attorney in your area.

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Tips for Successful Public Record Searches

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Public records offer a wealth of knowledge to those who know how to use them to their fullest potential. The ability to download courthouse records, deeds, mortgages, oil and gas leases, bankruptcies, and more straight to your computer is an excellent resource to have at your disposal. Here are six tips for how to maximize your success with online and in-person public record searches.

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Your Guide to a Successful NAPE Expo

Posted on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The success of the oil and gas industry relies on communication between professionals and thought leaders. The North American Prospect Expo (NAPE) provides the best setting for successful gatherings of decision makers and investors in the oil and gas field. The annual summer NAPE this year is in Houston, Texas. It runs for two days (August 10th and 11th) and is a highly anticipated event for professional landmen around the country. Here’s what you need to know to excel at NAPE this year.

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What You Need to Know About Lis Pendens

Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Many people have heard the term “lis pendens.” Often, a potential buyer will use this phrase as an explanation for not pursuing a property. But there is more you need to know before making a decision.

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Sales Comparable Reports: What They Are and How They Are Used

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Sales comparable reports, also known as the market analysis approach, are an important tool in real estate. These reports help individuals and realtors estimate an appropriate sale price for a property. When looking to list a home, it is wise to use this method before determining a starting number. Real estate agents can also take advantage of these helpful reports. 

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The Impacts of Falsified Documents on Public Record

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Tampered with or falsified documents are a serious problem. Frequently viewed as a white-collar crime, these instances can cause great grief and financial loss for victims. Though someone usually discovers these fake documents, it can be a long road to justice.

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Five Steps to Attain a Closing Agent License in Texas

Posted on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

You will need a title-closing agent any time you complete a real estate transaction. Agents are impartial parties who ensure that everything is in order before finalizing a sale—indeed, they are vital to the process. The process to become a closing agent varies from state to state. Many locations require a combination of education, experience, and licensing. Texas is no exception.

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Three Reasons You Need Your Marriage Record

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Your marriage record is important for more than just proof of a union – it can serve as a legal document in court, an official record of your family, and establish your relationship publicly. Many people place emphasis on the rituals of a marriage and let the legalities slide, but this will lead to problems down the road. The wedding itself is not proof enough of your marriage – you need official documentation. Registering your marriage and keeping track of your marriage record can solve a variety of problems you may encounter in the future.

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Seven Reasons You Might Need Public Records for Asset Searches

Posted on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

If you believe someone is hiding assets from public knowledge, there are ways of discovering these assets without hiring an asset search investigator. Someone may wish to hide assets with criminal intent or hide part or all of their wealth to avoid scrutiny. Regardless of why people hide assets, know it is possible to uncover them using public records.

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