The Hamilton Minute Archives

ALTA Surveys in Illinois

Monday, April 16, 2018
  An ALTA Survey is usually prepared for commercial, industrial, and non-residential properties. The standard for ALTA surveys was an agreement between the surveying and title insurance communities. The ALTA survey provides details the title people need to provide extended coverage for the p...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 11: Demolition Man, Part 2

Friday, March 30, 2018
If you can remember Installment 2 of this series, Critters #1, Bats and Rats and Elephants…Lord So Forlorn!  (June 1, 2017) you may recall that I introduced the topic that for my entire life the house had critters from the outside that were getting inside.  If you’ve never rea...

Want to be more creative (or solve a problem)? Go for a walk!

Thursday, March 15, 2018
I’ve routinely taken a mid-day walk, done so for several years under all types of weather.  I always felt it was simply a good break in the day; a chance to get away from the desk or out from a string of meetings to stretch the legs and shift focus onto other thoughts.  And I felt qu...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 10: Demolition Man, Part 1

Thursday, March 1, 2018
  By the weekend of the Fourth of July of 2015 most of Mom and Dad’s big furniture had found new homes and what was left we had crammed wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling into the workshop and garage.  Every square inch of the house was going to be under construction at the same ti...

PART III--A Bounds Only Description, A Lot and Block Description, and A Strip Description

Thursday, February 15, 2018
  A BOUNDS ONLY DESCRIPTION: A bounds only description calls out the owners surrounding the parcel of land to be described. It really doesn’t describe the property; it only describes the lands surrounding the property. A very simple bounds description is a follows: THAT PORTIO...


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