Blackhoof Title Agency

Providing You With Results You Can Count On

(419) 358-5606

Bluffton’s No. 1 Title Agency

When it comes to purchasing property, it’s important to be diligent in completing the necessary paperwork and working through the legal process that will guarantee a swift and efficient transfer of ownership. At Blackhoof Title Agency in Bluffton, OH, we’re dedicated to working with all of our clients to help them understand the process and make decisions that are in their best interests, both in terms of time and legality. Whether you’re working through the probate of an estate of a loved one or you need a title agency on your side for a property transaction, you can always count on us to have your back.

Protecting You & Your Property

Whether you’re new to real estate law or this is the next of many transactions, ensure you cross all of your Ts and dot all of your Is. We’ll ensure the property you’re purchasing is legally available to sell. What does this mean? We search county real estate records to determine the legal ownership of the property. Then, we find mortgages, liens, or unpaid taxes that must be settled before a property can be sold. Our team also looks for any legal restrictions, easements, or leases that may exist on the property. Once we’ve completed the necessary research, we’ll issue a "title opinion" that will detail any issues that will keep the property from being sold, or it will state that the title is clear to be sold. If there are issues, we’ll work to correct them so that a clean title can be produced for the buyer.

Guaranteeing a Swift Title Transfer

When there’s a clear path to legal ownership, our real estate law team at Blackhoof Title Agency will work quickly to lock down the transaction for you. The next step for us is to handle all of the legal paperwork necessary to transfer the title to the new owner. This includes the deed, a mechanic’s affidavit, and a conveyance form. We’ll prepare a closing statement, which will detail the financial aspects of the transaction, including the lender charges, title fees, taxes, commission fees, survey fees, required taxes, and any other costs associated with the transaction. Ultimately, we’ll collect the buyer's money and pay off the expenses related to the transaction. After all of the paperwork has been signed and completed, Jeni, our office manager, travels to the courthouse to record the legal documents at the county level and present the new owners with a deed to the property. 

Assistance Through the Probate Process

Probate is the court-supervised process of authenticating a last will and testament if the deceased made one. It includes locating and determining the value of the person's assets, paying their final bills and taxes, and distributing the remainder of the estate to their rightful beneficiaries. Each state has specific laws in place to determine what's required to probate an estate. These real estate laws are included in the estate's probate codes, as well as laws for intestate succession when someone dies without a will. Once probate is officially granted, the process moves forward much like a traditional sale, but the length of a grant of probate will vary from state to state. Just know this: probate is a lengthy process. If you’re looking to buy a property in probate, expect it to take some time. It’s not uncommon for the process to take months.

Visit Us Today

When you’re ready to take the next steps on your property journey, reach out to our real estate law team at Blackhoof Title Agency in Bluffton, OH. You can reach out to us today to learn more about all of the services we provide.

(419) 358-5606