Understanding land ownership rights and processes help avoid the risk of getting sued for undisclosed property issues. Before you transfer property rights or possession through any contract, you should take time to understand about the existing liens, usage rights, easements, natural resource rights and other rights.
You can start your research at the clerk’s office county courthouse. The courthouse maintains all property records in a given country, including all legally recognized land rights and ownership transferees.
Understand that a title is not the same as the Deed. Deeds are legal instruments used to transfer a title from one party to another.
Without the appropriate title, the legal system will not recognize an unfiled deed or information contract. Access to a land title can facilitate land negotiations and prevent disputes.
A title search can help prevent new owners from accepting unresolved tax issues and other matters that might put them in front of an outstanding lien. Know that an outstanding lien can render any ownership transaction invalid, because a property owner cannot sell or transfer ownership rights of a property with unresolved tax issues.
Land case entry files can contain a wealth of genealogical and legal information. Depending upon the type and time period of the land entry, the case file may yield only a few facts already known to the researcher or it may present new insights about ancestors, family history, title and land use issues.
Even the smallest case files can establish locations of land ownership or settlement and the essential information like dates. To find previous owners or purchase history, you have to do a lot of research.
The Ludlow Engineers can do this for you. This task can be specifically requested during the land survey. A good place to start is hiring a civil engineer to conduct a land survey and research of public records of the land history.
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