Hi all - Brief synopsis. My mother passed away in late September. She owned a house - no mortgage. The house was originally my step-fathers. She moved in with him and sold her house. They lived there until he passed away in 2000. When he passed away, it was a bit of a mess. He was German - hadn't updated his will in 20 years - had disinherited one of his two natural children - owned property in Germany, etc. When the estate was probated, my mother got the house here and his daughter got all the property in Europe. I can go to my county's website and the house is clearly in my mother's name. No problem there. She's on record as the owner, she's paid the taxes for several years, etc. (She also paid off the $20,000 mortgage that was outstanding when he died if that makes a difference.) Is that different from the 'title'?? We're putting the house up for sale now and I don't want to be in the position of having a buyer and then finding out there's title problems at the last second. How would we go about checking whether the title is clear?? I understand that there are 'title insurance' companies - can I find/contact one myself or do I have to go through a bank or lawyer?? Any information/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.