Court Abstractor

Create a clear snapshot of the legal history of a piece of real estate.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Court Abstractors 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.

Should I be a Court Abstractor?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Abstract Maker, Abstractor, Abstract Writer, Assistant Court Abstractor, Title Abstractor

    How to become a Court Abstractor

    Most Court Abstractors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9rbcaa&chl=no+college+%2857%25%29|certificate+%2840%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,57,57
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