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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does a day go by when a major corporation doesn’t announce that its defenses have failed and that its store of customer information is now in unknown hands? If you’re in the title industry, the question of data insecurity can lead to sleepless nights.
Filing fraudulent documents at the courthouse is both unethical and illegal, but it’s a crime that dishonest people get away with. If never discovered, erroneous files passed on as fact at a courthouse can alter the future of land management. The act is considered fraud, and anyone found aiding and abetting the passing of false documents may spend time in prison and be required to pay a fine. They will also be unable to prepare or submit such documentation to the court ever again.
Private investigators (PIs) regularly use public records to find preliminary information on people. In some cases, public records are the easiest way to locate an individual and will be the first step a PI takes in his research. Sometimes, public records and other easily gathered information is all that is required from a private investigator.
A mechanic’s lien is available for anyone who provides services or supplies during the course of construction or repair on a property. A lien is simply a legally binding agreement that ensures anyone covered by the lien is paid in the event that the project starter cannot pay. In a mechanic’s lien, laborers and suppliers are ensured payment through the lien.
Unless a family is exceptionally good at keeping track of relatives, locating heirs and beneficiaries for a recently deceased family member's estate can be a time consuming and difficult task. Sometimes a death is sudden or extenuating circumstances leave the contents of a will outdated. Whoever is appointed as the personal representative for the decedent’s estate will have the task of making a reasonable effort to locate beneficiaries. Here is a guide for helping you begin your search for an heir.
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