Tower Legal Solutions is in search of a Research Support Specialist.
This position is located in Asheville, NC and is a long-term contract position.
This position is responsible for the research and preparation of easement documents for the installation and maintenance of client’s system; researching of Company and public records to determine ownership of property or prior rights; review and interpretation of engineering drawings, site plans and legal descriptions in connection with the preparation of easement documents; review, tracking and processing of easement documents to comply with corporate policy and state law.
This position supports the Senior and Land Representative positions in the easement acquisition process and supports the Company’s efforts in safety and customer satisfaction.
Job Responsibilities and Duties:
- 50% Utilize working knowledge of real estate law and engineering discipline and its
application to Company acquisition projects.
- 30% Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external
o Researches public records, internal records, and engineering drawings to determine
Company’s rights on associated properties. Perform verification work on DOT, municipality
related projects for reimbursement.
o Utilize internal/external GIS systems to map easements.
o Research and prepare distribution easement documents in support of the Senior and Land
Representatives or Project planners including complex documents such as distribution
releases and encroachments.
o Conduct research and take appropriate action to obtain clear title to property, e.g.,
interview all parties who may have an ownership interest; coordinate requests for attorney
prepared title opinions.
o Identify defects in land titles so that at the conclusion of property acquisitions, clear title is
acquired, e.g., pays off mortgages, satisfies judgments, pays delinquent taxes, etc.
o Research and review Franchise Agreements and Municipal Charters with Senior and Land
Representative and Legal Counsel to determine Company rights.
o Conduct research to determine accurate property ownership by using databases at public
facilities and on-line via the internet through Register of Deeds, GIS, Clerk of Court,
Google, tax office, etc. and Company permanent archival system.
o Assist Senior and Land Representatives in the research of current property ownership;
research historical land title to identify existing easements; prepare easement.
documents, releases, encroachments, abandonments; act as subject matter expert to
Senior and Land Representative in the document preparation and appropriate signatures
o Provide research for easement verification of existing distribution facilities on
government/county/municipal relocations, system improvement, internal/external customer
inquiries and claims; collaborate on research with Data Coordinators for DREAM and/or
other document management system to ensure the integrity of data tracked.
- 10% Utilize communication and negotiating skills to acquire property and property rights
required by the Company, its subsidiaries, and others.
- 10% Remain abreast of current best practices, regulations, and laws relating to all Real
- Associates Degree or Paralegal Certification or prior work related experience: 0-3 years.
- Real Estate Sales Associate or Broker or Licensed Attorney with real estate focus, if
required by State Law.
- IRWA certification; additional real estate related classes;
- Experience in title research;
- Technical expertise of distribution system.
We look forward to hearing from you.