TIER Plus®

Custom-designed legal due diligence

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TIER Plus®

What is TIER Plus®?

TIER Plus is a custom-designed legal due diligence tool that analyzes title insurance exceptions and answers other specific legal questions concerning public-record documents.

TIER Plus delivers a Legal Opinion letter of a parcel based on public-record documents including The GREEN Light System® risk rating, legal risk ratings for each individual public-record document, a legal analysis of each document, and information on how to address negatively-rated documents.

What is The Green Light System®?

The GREEN Light System®: A marketing system for assessing legal risk of a parcel, risk the law assumes you understand.

GREEN: Parcel is ready for highest-and-best use pricing

YELLOW: Potential use, title, or lending weakness affecting market value

RED: Defects require legal work before close of escrow

Parcels that have qualified as GREEN Light earn the GREEN Light Certified® designation.

For more information, see The GREEN Light System.

How does it work?

Upload an Order Request. A preliminary title report and any other necessary public-records document(s) will be ordered for your parcel. You will receive an email scheduling a telephone appointment with your attorney to discuss the goals of the analysis.

After all documents have been received, your attorney produces your TIER Plus analysis in ten business days.

After reading your TIER Plus, speak to your attorney to address questions you may have.

What are the benefits?

TIER Plus reduces legal risk by making a buyer aware of public-record documents and how they affect the use and enjoyment of a parcel. By addressing negative circumstances of a parcel, highest-and-best use is established for the parcel, establishing legal basis for intended the use of the parcel. By documenting the legal analysis, TIER Plus reduces legal risk.

What types of public records are analyzed?

The following is a partial list:

  • Building permits
  • Conservation restrictions
  • Crop subsidies
  • Encroachments, boundary line disputes or agreements
  • Endangered species
  • Environmental phase testing results
  • Flood zones
  • Grazing permits
  • Logging rights
  • Mineral rights
  • Notice of lawsuit(s) pending (lis pendens)
  • Pre-existing code violations
  • Septic permits
  • Timber tax exemptions
  • Tribal laws or regulations
  • UCC fixture encumbrances or other claims for secured interests in personal property
  • Water use
  • Wetlands
  • Zoning
How much does it cost?

Advance Fee is $2000. Fees are charged against the Advance Fee as they are earned.

  • Attorney service: $200 per hour
  • Paralegal service: $100 per hour

Professional services charged in six-minute increments. Costs to acquire necessary supporting documents are passed through.

At the conclusion of the matter, if the total charge is less than the Advance Fee a refund will be issued the next business day.

If a balance is owing, a monthly electronic invoice will be issued.

I'm interested. What information do I need to order?

Have the following information handy:

  • Name and contact information
  • Legal description, parcel number, and/or street address of the Subject Property
  • Goal(s) of the TIER Plus
  • VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover information

Ordering takes less than five minutes.

What happens next?
  1. First attorney phone call. Speak with our attorney to discuss the goals of the analysis.
  2. Public-record documents. Once necessary and supporting documents have been received, you will receive your Legal Opinion letter in ten business days.
  3. TIER Plus complete:
    • If the Total Fee is less than the Advance Fee, you will receive a TIER Plus Attached email scheduling a second phone call from your attorney, with your TIER Plus and invoice attached. Any refund due will be initiated the next business day.
    • If the Total Fee is more than the Advance Fee, you will receive a TIER Plus Complete email with your invoice attached. Once the balance owed is paid, you will receive a TIER Plus Attached email scheduling a second phone call from your attorney with your TIER Plus attached.
  4. Second attorney phone call. Our attorney will call at the scheduled time to answer your questions.

Note: Eight (8) holidays are observed per year: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

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We offer a 20-minute, no charge consultation with a real estate attorney so you can get comfortable accessing legal counsel using an internet connection.

(866) 529-2159

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