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Researching Public Records for legal purposes

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  • If You Wanted to Find….Where Would you Look? Public Records, Forms, & Current Awareness Resources Professor Lisa SmithButler Advanced Legal Research Fall 2013
  • Public Records Public records of private events with legal import exist. What type of events? • Marriages • Divorces • Mortgages • Real Property Transactions (buying or selling) • Licensure (medical, legal)
  • Publications of Public Records During the print era, public records were primarily available in either a courthouse or a vital records office. These materials were housed in offices that were typically state or county governmental offices. View slide
  • Publication Today? Today, much of this material is online in digital format. Westlaw and Lexis provide access to real property records, court records and other information records. Some reputable, free Internet sites for public records, exist but most of this information is fee based. View slide
  • AdvanceLexis
  • Westlaw Next
  • If you Wanted to Find….Where Would you Look? I need to find: • The marriage license for Eve Amurri, Susan Sarandon’s daughter, who was married in Charleston , S.C., and the date the marriage occurred; • the 2009 sales amount paid in the real estate transaction involving the property at 520 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317; • the property tax paid in 2013 for the property at 993 Portabella Lane, Charleston, S.C. 29412; & • the taxable property value of the house at 2 Tradd St., Charleston, S.C. 29401? • Where would I look for answers?
  • Eve Amurri
  • 520 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317
  • 993 Portabella Lane, Charleston, S.C. 29412
  • More Current Than 2010? Try Charleston County Government Website
  • 2 Tradd St., Charleston, S.C. 29401
  • Answers Use the Charleston County Probate Court Marriage License site to locate marriage license #2011003633 issued to Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino in Charleston County, South Carolina. They were married on October 29, 2011 . Use the Public Records Library in Classic Westlaw. Once there, select Real Property Transaction Records. You will then learn that the real property at 520 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317 sold for $260,000.00 in 2009. Use the Tax Accessor database in the Charleston County Government website. Search by street name to determine that $1,122.61 was paid in 2013 for property taxes on 993 Portabella Lane, Charleston, S.C. 29412. Use the Tax Accessor database in the Charleston County Government website to determine that the market value of 2 Tradd St., Charleston, S.C. 29401 is $550,000.00 in 2013.
  • South Carolina: State Government
  • Birth, Death & Marriage
  • The UCC
  • Professional Licensing
  • South Carolina Sex Offenders
  • Charleston County, South Carolina
  • Property Records via the Treasurer’s Office
  • Charleston County Foreclosures
  • Forms: Charleston County
  • Forms: South Carolina
  • U.S. Government
  • Forms: AdvanceLexis
  • WestlawNext
  • Current Awareness Resources Blogs or Blawgs Readers RSS Feeds Westlaw Westclips & Lexis Alerts Google Alerts Paper Chase
  • Blogs or Blawgs
  • Readers: Feedly
  • Another Reader? Bloglines
  • RSS Feeds & Directories
  • Alerts: Advance Lexis
  • Alerts: Westlaw Next
  • Google Alerts
  • Paper Chase