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How to Build an Awesome Land Management Team

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When it comes to building a great land management team, recognizing traits from successful teams in other industries can be beneficial. However, there are some differences between the land management industry and other industries. If you work as a landman, land manager or other team member, here are the qualities that create a strong land management team capable of that can tackling any task:

The History Behind Houston's Neighborhood Names

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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.

Surviving the Oil Crisis: Tips for Landmen

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The low price of oil may have had a positive effect on most of the general public, but the effect is not so good for workers in the oil industry. The price plummet has cost many landmen their jobs. Large oil companies have been shutting off access to their wells and directly laying off employees. So far, over 75,000 workers have already been sent packing. The anger that is surfacing is in part because these giant oil companies are still seeing a profit in light of the dropping oil prices, but they are continuing to lay off skilled workers. So if these big companies are still laying off employees, what does this mean for the smaller companies and freelance landmen?

Understanding Texas Land Grants

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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.

Can I Find Historical Divorce Records?


Many people contact court house record reporting services to find historical divorce records within their family lineage. When searching for family ancestry, it's common for people to want to know if and when divorces occurred in the past. Surprisingly, a lot of people believe that the "olden days" were simpler times, when this is not necessarily the case. Since the beginning of marriage traditions, there has also been a history of unhappy marriages, often times kept secret. Divorces have been going on for hundreds of years, with or without family and public knowledge.

Escrow Controls

Escrow Controls

Not so long ago, escrow controls were largely a matter of personal preference. If you produced a monthly reconciliation of your accounts, you were more than doing your job. Those days are fading – very rapidly – but not all companies are keeping up with the pace of change.

Defining an Eminent Domain Attorney

Defining an Eminent Domain Attorney

An eminent domain attorney represents owners of private property who are faced with an acquisition of that property by the government under the very broad umbrella of eminent domain. 

How to Effectively Translate Records in Another Language

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When it comes to looking up official legal paperwork filed in Texas, many of the older documents may be written in Spanish. If you come across a patent, land grant or other piece of documentation while going through an old records, it may be written in another language. You will need to translate it to find out what information it contains.

Owner's Title Insurance - What You Need To Know

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Title insurance is different from other insurance. It is the only kind of insurance that protects you from things that have happened in the past. Title problems, if bad enough, can cause as much chaos as a category five hurricane! Without insurance, a buyer is risking what’s often the biggest financial investment of his or her life. Owner’s title insurance takes a great deal of that risk off the table.

Evaluating an Easement: The Basics

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When a landowner enters into an easement agreement and gives up some of the rights to his land, the documentation can be confusing and filled with difficult-to-understand legalese. To help cut through some of the confusion, we’ve come up with some basic tips for understanding and evaluating an easement.

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