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If you want a comprehensive title search of a property, I would suggest contacting either a local title company or a real estate attorney. Title searches are conducted by reviewing the chain of title of the deeds in the county clerk's office as well as tax records and any lien or encumbrance books in the office. In Kentucky, a 30 year title search can usually be purchased for around $200 through a title company with "title opinion". The title opinion is the attorney's or title company's certification that the search was conducted and notes any exceptions and their opinion as to the owner's rights to the property. If an attorney conducts one, it is usually around $400 in KY.
They yield the same results and I prefer title companies as they are usually more familiar with searches since they do them on a daily basis at a lower cost. They are both insured as accurate under the Errors and Omissions insurance against errors. Costs may vary depending on the state and the time involved.
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