Public land records are legal documents that are recorded in the County Clerk’s Office located within the County Court House. The recording process constitutes legal constructive notice of land ownership and transactions. Abstracts of title are searches of the public records for all legal documents affecting a particular parcel of land. The findings are then condensed and presented in a concise manner for the examination by attorneys representing sellers, purchasers, and mortgage lenders.
Tax searches investigate and report unpaid property taxes, tax sale certificates, delinquent tax enforcement and foreclosure proceedings. Our products are guaranteed to be complete and accurate without any limitation of time. We maintain complete, organized duplicate originals of all of our title searches.
With over 600,000 title and tax search certificates, CACo has searched most properties in Chautauqua County at some point in time. Each recorded document that is pertinent to the title of a certain property is located in a unique location in the County Clerk’s Office and indexed not by property location but by names of parties. Name variations create certain challenges to searchers using the Clerk’s handwritten indices prior to 1970, and perhaps surprisingly, even greater challenges when using the Clerk’s current computerized index system.
Our abstracts of title are continued right up to the minute of recording to leave no doubt that there are no intervening interests or encumbrances that can adversely affect the transaction. Typing and production are performed and proofread by our production specialists in our office building.