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Professional Surveying Events in 2019-2020

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 05/15/2019
  • Surveying
Surveying is one of the world’s oldest professions, and it has a rich history in the United States. Three American Presidents (Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln) were land surveyors in their lifetimes, as were Benjamin Banneker, Daniel ...
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A Guide to Oil and Gas Lease Ratification

Oil and gas leases are complicated at best, and they can become more so over time. During a lease period, you may be asked to ratify a lease due to a change of some sort. What does that mean, exactly? That’s what we’re here to talk about ...
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Mysteries in the Title Plant: Lis Pendens, Chattel Mortgages, and Pooling Agreements

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 05/01/2019
  • Legal
You may have heard of a “title plant,” or maybe you call it an abstract plant. If you perform title searches on a regular basis, you probably have an idea what it is. But since they are full of legal documents, there can be an air of ...
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AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Joint Operating Agreement – What You Should Know

The AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Joint Operating Agreement was released in response to technological and legal changes that have occurred since the form’s last update in 1989. It could take until 2020 for full adoption of the 2015 version ...
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How Do Liens Affect Real Estate Sales?

How is a real estate sale affected by a lien on the property? Certain types of liens may have an impact when you sell or when you buy. A thorough title search can uncover any clouds on a title, including various types of liens that have ...
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What Are the Most Common Types of Real Estate Encumbrances?

In real estate terms, an encumbrance is a claim on property by an entity other than the title-holder. Encumbrances are obstacles to the use and sale of property by the title-holder and can be considered a cloud on a title.
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What Texas Public Records Can You Find Online?

A plethora of Texas public records is available online from vital statistics to criminal records. Most are open to view, while other records have certain restrictions placed upon them. State law governs their accessibility; even though a ...
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What is an Abstract of Judgment and How Can You Find One Online?

One obstacle to a clean title is an Abstract of Judgment, which is a method of placing a lien on real property to pay a legal judgment. If an individual in a lawsuit receives a financial responsibility, any real property is used as ...
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What is the Pugh Clause and How Does it Affect Oil Leases?

If you aren’t careful, a Pugh Clause may be a tripwire for the unaware in an oil or gas lease contract. The Pugh Clause is named for a Louisiana attorney, Lawrence Pugh, who took on Shell Oil in 1947 on behalf of a lessor.
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How to Find Marriage Certificates Online or at the Courthouse

Searching marriage certificates is easier than ever with the introduction of online databases containing courthouse records. However, you may need to visit the courthouse yourself if you cannot find the records online. Not all records have ...
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