Monthly Archives: December 2011

What is a Surrogate?

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All state court systems have procedures for handling wills and other estate matters, including estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, and trusts. When someone dies with a will, the will must be proved to be valid, and the instructions in the will carried out. This process is called probate, so most courts that handle estate matters have come to be called “probate” courts.

Some court systems have separate probate courts; examples can be found in Connecticut,  Georgia, and Texas.  More often, a state’s main trial court will have a probate division; examples can be found in California Superior CourtRead More

What are the salaries of your State’s public employees?

Among the many types of public information available on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” you can access the salaries of various federal, state, and county employees. Some of the databases are maintained by newspapers from around the country. Others are maintained by State agencies. Some of the sites provide an accounting of federal or state expenditures, while others allow a salary search of individual employees or positions.

Using the “Federal Employees” website, you can search salaries by name, agency or job title. You can also access the salaries of “U.S. Postal Service” employees by name … Read More

Mediation: an Alternative to Foreclosure

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Judicial foreclosure exists in nearly every state in the United States. Generally, a lender initiates a foreclosure action when the property owner/borrower has failed to make mortgage payments. In a judicial foreclosure, the lender must go through the court system, filing a complaint and serving the borrower. In most states, the court will then either find for the borrower or for the lender. If the court finds that the borrower has indeed defaulted on his or her loan a judgement will be entered for the lender. The lender can then hold a sheriff’s sale of the property in order to … Read More

Online Resources From Your Local Library

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Did you know that you can access a wide variety of electronic resources provided by your local public library from the comfort of your own home? Libraries across the country subscribe to a number of premium research databases that are not available to the general public, such as genealogy, national and local newspapers, history and geography, magazines and journals, almanacs, encyclopedias, consumer information, and more. These databases are available 24 hours a day for its patrons through the Internet.

For example, you can search several online databases provided by the Columbia County Library in Washington, including census records, Revolutionary War … Read More