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Career Details :: Title Examiners and Abstractors
Title Examiners: Search public records and examine titles to determine legal condition of property title. Copy or summarize (abstracts) recorded documents that affect condition of title to property (e.g., mortgages, trust deeds, and contracts). May prepare and issue policy that guarantees legality of title. Abstractors: Summarize pertinent legal or insurance details or sections of statutes or case law from reference books for purpose of examination, proof, or ready reference. Search out titles to determine if title deed is correct.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Copies or summarizes recorded documents, such as mortgages, trust deeds, and contracts, affecting title to property.
- Searches records to determine if delinquent taxes are due.
- Prepares and issues title insurance policy.
- Directs activities of workers searching records and examining titles to real property.
- Confers with interested parties to resolve problems and impart information.
- Prepares correspondence and other records.
- Examines mortgages, liens, judgments, easements, plat books, maps, contracts, and agreements to verify legal description, ownership, restrictions, or conformity to requirements.
- Analyzes encumbrances to title, statutes, and case law, and prepares report outlining encumbrances and actions required to clear title.
- Claims Examiners, Property and Casualty Insurance
- Insurance Claims Clerks
- Law Clerks
- Loan Interviewers and Clerks
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
- Title Searchers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Processing Information
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Provide a Service to Others
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done