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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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What is a Special Warranty Deed?

Posted on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

If you're in the process of buying a new home, you will inevitably be faced with mounds of paperwork: titles, deeds, loan papers, and much more. Most people would think a deed is a pretty straightforward piece of paper, right? However, there are actually a few different types of deeds. Homebuyers should get to know each type before signing one, as each type of deed protects against different situations. Contrary to the way they sound, special warranty deeds actually benefit the seller more than the buyer of the home. But first, let's take a look at the other common types of property deeds.

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Searching for Home Deeds: Here's What to Know

Posted on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Have you ever used a home deed search to find out about your family history? While it may seem like home deeds wouldn't reveal very much information, the truth is actually quite the opposite. Aside from showing ownership of property, home deeds also unveil information on relatives, land values, and even your family's relationships with one another. They reveal the history of the property and the people who dwelled within. If you're interested in conducting a home deed search and digging up some family secrets, here are a few things to consider.

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The History Behind Houston's Neighborhood Names

Posted on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Houston is a city with a rich and distinct history, and the unusual names of neighborhoods that are scattered around tell the tale of this interesting town. Unlike other cities, Houston doesn't have official "zones." Instead, the city is designated into a multitude of neighborhoods. Like the neighborhoods themselves, many of the names come with a long and interesting history. Continue reading to find the history of your neighborhood.

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Understanding Texas Land Grants

Posted on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

The history of Texas land grants is a deep and complex one. When researching land records, historical land grants can affect the records one may uncover. Between 1716 and 1836, both Spain and Mexico gave out land grants for settlers to travel and start colonies in the state of Texas. Afterward, Mexico continued to offer grants for colonization purposes. Eventually, the State of Texas began giving grants to single families and single men, which were categorized into "classes" based on time frame. As you can see, searching for land records may take some understanding of the history of land grants in Texas. Those who are researching land grants should be aware of the various changes in time frames, grantors, and grant purposes.

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Private Investigators: Four Tips on Finding People Using Public Records

Posted on Mon, Apr 06, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Private investigators (PIs) regularly use public records to find preliminary information on people. In some cases, public records are the easiest way to locate an individual and will be the first step a PI takes in his research. Sometimes, public records and other easily gathered information is all that is required from a private investigator.

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Fraud and Investigation Book Club Reads

Posted on Mon, Feb 09, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

With financial fraud and investigation scandals flooding news stations, we thought we’d share reads on the most significant financial schemes in today’s world. From the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme to the downturn of the mortgage industry, CourthouseDirect.com has the reviews on the must-reads for your fraud and investigation interests.

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Can You Probate a Will By Yourself?

Posted on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

While hiring a lawyer is always a wise decision for any legal matter, handling a probate without a lawyer is possible in the right circumstances. The combination of a large estate and a variety of assets often creates a need for legal assistance, but simple estates can be managed independent from a lawyer with the right research and enough patience.

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Overseas Inheritance: What You Should Know

Posted on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Receiving a financial gift from a relative is always special. Whether it is a birthday gift or an entire inheritance, a gift is meaningful for the recipient. However, the legal processes associated with properly accepting an inheritance from overseas are quite complicated, and individuals should seek legal advice to make sure they take the correct steps involved in protecting and receiving the money during an overseas transaction.

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What is a Deed of Conveyance?

Posted on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

A deed of conveyance is a signed legal document that shows a title or deed has been transferred. It is used to prove ownership in a piece of property. A deed of conveyance is signed, witnessed, and notarized by the seller and the buyer as well as anyone else with a vested interest in the property being transferred. To thoroughly understand a deed of conveyance, it can be split into two parts: the deed and the conveyance.

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