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What is TIER Plus®?

TIER Plus® is a custom-designed legal due diligence tool analyzing title insurance exceptions and answering other specific legal questions concerning public-record documents.

TIER Plus delivers a Legal Opinion letter of a parcel's public-record documents found at the County Recorder's office and answers questions regarding specific public-record documents from other relevant offices or agencies. Each one of these documents represents a potential legal risk to the use and enjoyment of the parcel.

TIER Plus starts by assigning The GREEN Light System® risk rating using GREEN, YELLOW, or RED as an intuitive way to convey the risk to use and enjoyment of the parcel.

In addition, each public-record document receives an individual risk rating and an explanation for the rating and information on how to address negatively-rated documents. 

Finally, every effort is made to write the TIER Plus letter so that the average reader can understand its contents.

What types of public records are reviewed?

The TIER Plus analysis is custom-designed so the following is a potential list of the types of documents that could be reviewed:

  • 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 does TIER Plus work?

Order Request. Upload an Order Request.

First attorney phone call. Speak to your attorney to clarify the goals of the analysis.

Public record documents. A preliminary title report and other public-records document(s) necessary to answer the questions and concerns you have regarding your parcel will be ordered. 

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

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

What is The Green Light System®?

The GREEN Light System® assesses the 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.

Why should I get a TIER Plus®?

TIER Plus® identifies legal weaknesses in a parcel's public-record documents, weaknesses that affect a parcel's market value, sometimes significantly.

For the seller, when the public documents are in market-ready condition, the parcel qualifies for highest and best use pricing. By addressing negative circumstances of a parcel's public-record documents, an owner can increase its value, sometimes significantly.

For the buyer, knowing that your parcel is GREEN Light Certified® means that you have a legal opinion regarding the legal risk profile of your property that can be compared to other similar parcels to determine a market-based price for the parcel. Without the TIER analysis, you don't know what legal risks the parcel carries.  

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.

Expedited rates apply if deliverable required in less than ten business days.

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?

First attorney phone call. Speak with our attorney to discuss the goals of the analysis.

Public-record documents. A preliminary title report and any other necessary and supporting documents will be ordered for your custom-designed legal analysis. 

TIER Plus analysis. Once documents have been received, you will receive your TIER Plus in ten business days.

If the total fee for the TIER Plus is less than the Advance Fee, you will receive the TIER Plus and be scheduled for a second attorney phone call. Any refund due will be initiated the next business day.

If the total fee is more than the Advance Fee, bring the balance to zero to receive the TIER Plus and be scheduled for a second attorney phone call.

Second attorney phone call. Your 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.