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Everything You Need to Know About the Rule of Capture

In America, property is all. The ability to own property set Americans apart from the British landowning aristocracy that allowed peasants to stay on “their” property by working the fields or pastures and passing along the fruits of their ...
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The Difference Between Title Search, Title Reports, and Title Insurance

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 06/05/2019
  • Title
When you deal with property, you deal with the title, that oh, so important document proving ownership rights to a piece of land. Like the title to a car, it should contain all the pertinent information about that parcel. But how do you ...
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The Impact of Co-tenancy Law in Oil and Gas Country

Mineral rights can be splintered into ever-smaller percentages, complicating life for lessors, lessees, and royalty owners. To make things more interesting, the laws of co-tenancy differ between states, and there have been several highly ...
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What Is Equitable Title and When Would I Need It?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 05/22/2019
  • Legal
Property law can become quite convoluted in countries with sophisticated land laws. Equitable title is a concept that occurs in such an environment. Unlike legal title, equitable title carries fewer rights to a piece of land and the entity ...
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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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