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Court Abstractor

Create a clear snapshot of the legal history of a piece of real estate.

What does a Court Abstractor do?

Court Abstractors research public records: In this job, you’ll go to courthouses, pull official records, review the material and summarize key points in a short report, called an abstract. You typically focus your efforts on issues relating to real estate and probate.

Real Estate Attorneys often hire Court Abstractors to carry out title searches before the sale of a house or building is finalized. When you’re on assignment, you’ll go through property records with a fine-toothed comb. These files can include mortgage documents, tax records, design plans that describe a building’s location and property delineation, judgments, easements and other vital stats.

Once you’ve created a timeline of the property’s history, you know if the person selling the home or building legitimately owns it and if the title is clear and free of legal dues. To complete your report, some Real Estate Attorneys will ask you to create written guarantees that certify a dwelling’s title is clear. Some Court Abstractors also use their talents for describing properties to draft lease agreements, grants and deeds.

If you’re a voracious reader interested in digging up events from the past and the kind of person who prefers to work independently, your quiet confidence will make you shine in a career as a Court Abstractor.