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The Guide to Locating Heirs in Texas

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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 Sometimes a death is sudden or extenuating circumstances leave the contents of a will outdated.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.

Three Ways to Save During a Slow Oil Season

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Last summer, crude oil prices plummeted. In response, the number of rig counts fell, and analysts are fiercely debating how low prices will go, for how long and to what degree production should be altered. For landmen and other industry professionals, the external impacts are less important than continuing to receive steady work. Luckily, there are a few good ways to save money during the temporary drop in oil prices that does not include temporary layoffs.

County Clerk Office Glossary: Terms You Need to Know

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You know what information you need, but sometimes the terminology used to find public records can make it difficult to ask for or find what you’re looking for. Without an understanding of the terms used by the office, your search may be extended and unnecessarily frustrating. To get you started, we’ve provided some commonly confused terms that reference documents held at the office. 

Property Rights and Responsibilities

Property Rights and Responsibilities

Those who live near or above a pipeline know well the impact such an installation can have on their land. If a pipeline company should approach you requesting the use of your property, you need to understand your rights as well as your responsibilities.

How to Read a Plat Map

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Plat maps are used to create a scaled version of a piece of land broken up by property lines, buildings or vegetation. For the general public, these maps are helpful to find areas of real estate that are for sale or to show tourists layouts of a town or city. Once a plat map has been completed, it can be legally verified, then used in future legal documentation and by various private and public companies who are looking for information about a piece of land.


Are Marriage and Divorce Records Confidential?

Marriage and Divorce Records : The Scoop

The short answer is no, general marriage and divorce records are not confidential. However, the confidentiality laws surrounding marriage and divorce can differ from state to state. In some cases, records will be completely sealed due to extenuating circumstances, while others will remain open and available to the public. We’ve outlined some of the nuances of confidentiality as it pertains to marriage and divorce.

How to Become a Land Surveyor

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Whether you are a high school student trying to decide on a future career or an experienced professional looking for a change of pace, you may want to consider becoming a land surveyor. It is a rewarding career path for those who enjoy work that’s constantly changing and highly engaging. 


Fraud and Investigation Book Club Reads

Fraud and Investigation Book Club Reads

With financial fraud and investigation scandals flooding news stations, we thought we’d share reads on the most significant financial schemes in today’s world. From the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme to the downturn of the mortgage industry, has the reviews on the must-reads for your fraud and investigation interests.

11 Types of Liens that May Compromise Your Home

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When you have an outstanding debt, the creditor may take out a lien against property you own. This means they legally claim ownership of your property until you satisfy the debt. This can prevent you from selling or refinancing your home and may force you into foreclosure.


How to Perform a Lien Search: The Basics

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Homeowners, contractors, and other professionals in the real estate and construction industries may find it valuable to know how to perform a basic lien search. The information provided in a lien search can answer important questions about a person’s solvency when it comes to creating a new contract.

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