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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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Tags: Legal Documents, Land Deeds and Titles

7 Reasons You Might Need to Locate Assets

Posted on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Being able to locate assets is an important skill to have. There are literally hundreds of circumstances in which it can benefit you to find hidden assets, and you’ll want to know how to do so before you are actually in a situation that requires this action.

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CourthouseDirect.com Tips and Tricks: Using the GIS Mapping and Reports Service

Posted on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

From appraisers to real estate professionals and surveyors to oil and gas landmen, effective and efficient research is the best way to approach projects, proposals, and opportunities. With CourthouseDirect.com’s GIS mapping and reports service, a wealth of property information – dating back to the 1800s – is available at your fingertips.

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What is Texas SB873?

Posted on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

The oil and gas industry has long been one of the most important drivers of the Texan economy, and the state's regulatory framework is notoriously sensitive to its needs. In many cases, Texas State Legislature bills live or die by the lobbying efforts of well-placed representatives of various oil and gas firms. The story of Texas SB873 underscores this trend and offers guidance for future legislative efforts to regulate the energy exploration business in Texas and elsewhere. 

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Tags: Land and Mineral Rights, Legal Documents

The New AAPL Form 610 - Model Form Operating Agreement

Posted on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

The American Association of Professional Landmen recently released an important update to its Model Form Joint Operating Agreement. Since this document is the sole basis for operating frameworks within the United States, landmen, attorneys and other energy-industry professionals would do well to understand these changes. First, we offer a brief history of the existing JOA and the technological advances that have necessitated the recent revisions. 

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Tags: Land and Mineral Rights, Legal Documents

Division Orders: Protection from Double Liability

Posted on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

In the state of Texas and elsewhere, the rules that govern the issuance of mineral leases have changed with relative frequency over the past few decades. Although there are plenty of caveats and exceptions to the rules that govern drilling title opinions, this article will focus on a peculiar issue that can trip up the attorneys, landmen and landowners who deal with division orders: the potential for double liability.

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Tags: Land and Mineral Rights, Legal Documents

How to Choose a Real Estate Attorney

Posted on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

There are differing opinions on whether you actually need a real estate attorney for every home transaction. If your home sale/home purchase is straightforward with no hint of a problem, you probably don’t need one.

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How Does Right of Survivorship Work?

Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Rights of survivorship are a common means through which property can be passed between family members and business partners after death. Like other forms of posthumous transfer, survivorship confers a number of important rights. However, it has its own share of limitations and drawbacks. Those who wish to set up a survivorship arrangement with spouses, family members or business partners would do well to understand the mechanisms that govern this area of the law.

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Tags: Real Estate, Legal Documents