One of the benefits that attorneys and title companies bring to the closing process is the ability to do a lien search. Before a piece of real estate changes hands, doing a lien search identifies if other parties have claims against the property. Those liens can then be taken care of — usually by having the seller pay them at or prior to closing . This allows the buyer to take title subject only to the liens that he is knowingly accepting. Lien searches typically go hand-in-hand with a full title search that covers past ownership and public record information.

Simpson & Associates will prepare a comprehensive investigation to ensure any property is free and clear of liens prior to closing.