Monthly Archives: July 2011

Red Light Camera Tickets Online

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Online payments for traffic and other minor offenses are being adopted by more and more courts and government entities. We’ve previously reviewed online payment systems for traffic citations and other court fines in general and in North Carolina, and for parking tickets.

Red light camera tickets may also be paid online in some jurisdictions. Where red light cameras are used, the evidence that a driver ran a red light is a photograph or video. No police testimony is required, so most online red light camera ticket payment systems allow the driver to view the evidence before paying the … Read More

Researching your Ancestors?

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Are you researching your ancestors?  Do you need to find historic birth, death or marriage certificates?  There are many sites available to search such records.  However, do you only have general information such as the State rather than the specific County?  Or approximate date rather than the exact birth date, date of death or wedding date?

Many states offer online searches of vital records statewide rather than by individual counties saving you hours of time spent searching individual counties one-by-one.   You can access available links to all of the states by using “Vital Statistics Records Resources.”  Each State … Read More

Contacting Local Courts

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Most citizens’ encounters with the legal system take place at the local level, often as a result of a traffic ticket. If you don’t live in the area and don’t know where to find the courthouse or court clerk’s office, how do you find it? What if the information was on that traffic ticket that you misplaced?

CourtReference can help. We provide contact information for all levels of trial courts, from the county’s highest trial court that hears capital murder and complex commercial cases to the village municipal court that hears speeding and town ordinance violations.

Some states include municipal … Read More

Access to Recorded Documents

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Access to recorded documents such as deeds, mortgages, liens, and other records related to ownership of property can usually found at your county recorder’s or clerk’s office. Some recorders’ offices allow online access to their records where searches can be made by name, date, document number or document type. Some provide this service free of charge, while others may charge fees. In addition to land ownership records, some recorder’s offices also allow online access to other records, such as UCC financing statements, powers of attorney filings, and business names. Additionally, some also provide online access to military discharges, wills, and … Read More