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What Does a Land Surveyor Do?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 12/05/2018
  • Surveying
Land surveyors are much more than people who stand near the road with a tripod and a staff. They are precision measurement makers and can be legal arbiters of where boundary lines fall. A land surveyor has a range of expertise from ...
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The History of Mineral Rights

Mineral rights, the right to develop and produce a variety of minerals from the beneath the ground, have gone from belonging to the monarchy to private hands depending on the part of the world under consideration. Mineral rights were ...
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Are Marriage and Divorce Records Confidential?

Are marriage and divorce records confidential? It depends. The laws and practices regarding sealed court records can differ from state to state. Divorce records in Texas are always sealed… unless you are a public official. Then they might ...
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What is a Landman, Anyway?

A landman works for companies that perform gas and oil exploration and production. A landman researches titles and mineral rights to negotiate with property owners for those mineral rights on behalf of a company wishing to exploit the ...
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Evolution of Land Title Acquisition

Nothing has sustained its value since the beginning of civilization like land. Land ownership has long been considered the pinnacle of success. Monarchs owned all the land in their kingdoms. Knights were awarded land for service to the ...
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The Digitization of Courthouse Databases

Digitization of all types of records has been going on since computing power improved and device prices dropped. Libraries, repositories, and courthouses, where massive numbers of books, files, documents, images and more have been ...
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How GIS Tools Are Changing the Practice of Land Surveying

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/24/2018
  • Surveying
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are central repositories for data used for analysis in surveying, planning, construction, and management. Professional land surveyors provide data for the GIS and, in turn, use the data to provide more ...
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What is a Plat Map? The Basics You Should Know

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/17/2018
  • Surveying
When you buy or sell a home or if you decide to dabble in real estate, you may see the term “plat map.” 
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The Ultimate Guide to Power of Attorney for Buying or Selling Property

The majority of property transactions are performed with the consent and knowledge of the legal buyers and sellers of the property. However, there are circumstances in which the legal right to make the transaction must be shifted to ...
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What Does your Mortgage Payment Really Include?

Have you ever stopped to look at your mortgage statement? You may notice there are several different numbers aside from the total you pay each month. While paying a single monthly amount seems reasonable, you would be better served by ...
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