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As a provider of legal and ancillary services since 1890, Ellis & Ellis occupies a unique position of both longevity and perspective in the law searching industry. In our ongoing partnership with large, small, and multi-disciplined practices, we regularly encounter certain ‘gaps in understanding’. This is particularly so when it comes to conducting ‘title investigation’ searches, but also affects other stand-alone search types.

While eminently experienced, Ellis & Ellis are not solicitors and, as such, do not and cannot provide legal opinion. However, our intention is to lend some of the 130 years of that insight to the more commonplace queries that arise from time to time. With this in mind, we trust you will find the following articles helpful.

What are Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) Searches? At a time of ever-increasing rental costs, and as part of a governmental approach to …

What are Register of Shipping Searches? A division of the Department of Transport and operating under the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA), the …

Intellectual Property – a brief understanding In as much as physical objects like land, houses, vehicles, and other goods can be owned …

What is a Credit Union search in the context of a conveyance?  Credit Unions bear many similarities to Friendly Societies which are …

What are probate searches? Typically, when an individual passes away within the State, a procedure is initiated to grantsomeone the legal authority …

The National Archives – A brief synopsis Born of a merging of the State Paper Office (SPO) (Founded in 1702 and holding …

What is an Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV) search? In order to respond to the above premised question, we must first ask …

What are Closing Searches? Typically, when a premises goes ‘Sale Agreed’ the selling and purchasing solicitors will generate a contract which commits …

Ellis & Ellis are delighted to introduce our new online feature, enabling retrospective payment of invoices and/or statements. In continuation of our …

What is a Beneficial Ownership search? Ever since European Anti-Money Laundering legislation was transposed into Irish law from 2015onwards, it has become …

Extending from the Townland Valuation Act (1826) and the Irish Poor Law Act (1838), attempts to create valuation of land evolved over time in Ireland into the Tenement Valuation Acts of 1846 and 1852. 

Friendly Societies have been described as ‘mutual aid’ associations. At their outset, they were organised on a voluntary basis to ‘…protect members against debts incurred through illness, death, or old age’.

The Irish Land Commission (ILC) was founded in 1881 and its primary role was to oversee the dissolution of large land estates and enable tenants to purchase the subdivided holdings.

The intention of a Proceeding search is to flag whether there any High Court actions (or referred actions from lesser courts) initiated that could potentially affect the ownership of a property, or impact on the boundaries/ right/ interests of a sale property. 

To better understand what is a ‘petition search’ it is perhaps first worthwhile exploring the nature of petitions, and then specifically address petitions in context to conveyancing.

The Sheriff (Revenue) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. The origins of the State’s various Sheriff’s Offices …

The Role and Record Keeping of Sheriff (Civil) Offices in Conveyancing The Sheriff’s Office origins lies in Irish pre-independence and English legal …

The Functions and Documentation Practices of Sheriff (Receiver of Fines) Offices in the Context of Conveyancing. Predating Irish independence, and with a …

When the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 came into force in October 1964 all local authorities (except town commissioners) were …

In order to answer the above, we must first ask the question…what is a deed? A deed can broadly be described as any written, attributable …

Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) Searches – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

What are Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) Searches? At a time of ever-increasing rental costs, and as part of a governmental approach to making rented accommodation generally more affordable, Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ) were initially introduced on 24 th December 2016, and have since been extended under the Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Act 2021. This special RPZ zoning was intended to identify areas where rents were highest and still rising. The regulations were intended, should a premises fall within an RPZ, to place certain upward-only restrictions on chargeable rents. Currently under the legislation, any private rented property in a RPZ had

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Register of Shipping Searches – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

What are Register of Shipping Searches? A division of the Department of Transport and operating under the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA), the Marine Survey Office (MSO) is responsible for port/ flag state (i.e. the jurisdiction under whose laws the vessel is registered or licensed) regulatory control in Ireland.  These duties and responsibilities as the maritime transport regulator include ‘…the safety, security, environmental protection and living and working conditions for vessels and ports in Ireland and Irish ships abroad’. However, one of the other functions of MSO Administration is the issuing of Vessel Certificates. As such, and as a function of

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Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI) Searches – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

Intellectual Property – a brief understanding In as much as physical objects like land, houses, vehicles, and other goods can be owned by an individual or a legal entity, it is also the case that original creative processes or innovations can be owned.  Copyright aside, certain types of intellectual property (IP) still necessitate a formal application and evaluation process for ownership rights to be legally established. The ultimate intention of the registration of IP is to protect both the tangible financial rights and the intangible (reputational) value inherent in those novel assets.  The Intellectual Property Office of Ireland IPOI (previously

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Credit Union Searches – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

What is a Credit Union search in the context of a conveyance?  Credit Unions bear many similarities to Friendly Societies which are often characterised as associations of ‘mutual aid.’ Initially formed on a voluntary basis, friendly societies’ primary purpose was to ‘…safeguard members from debts arising from illness, death, or old age.’ Over time some Victorian friendly societies evolved into insurance companies, trade unions, industrial and provident societies, and various groups fostering specific activities or interests. Gradually, in their own way, credit unions would co-evolve within the spirit of the co-operative identity, i.e., the principles of ‘ ‘…self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality,

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Probate Searches in a Conveyancing Context – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

What are probate searches? Typically, when an individual passes away within the State, a procedure is initiated to grantsomeone the legal authority to manage the deceased person’s estate. This process iscommonly known as Probate, and its name has roots in the Latin words ‘probare’ or‘probatum,’ signifying the verb ‘to prove.’ Operating under the jurisdiction of the High Court, it is the Probate Office that facilitates thebestowing of the said legal authority. This ultimate sanction is provided through a documentcalled a Grant of Representation (i.e. Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration) whichderives from a series of stages that collectively constitute

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What is a National Archives Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

The National Archives – A brief synopsis Born of a merging of the State Paper Office (SPO) (Founded in 1702 and holding the records of the various Lord Lieutenants of Ireland, 1542 to 1801) and the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) (Founded 1867) whose duties included ‘…collecting administrative, court and probate records…’, the new National Archives (NA) was opened on 1 June 1988.  On its inception under the National Archives Act 1986, it was purposed with the enduring conservation, indexing and making public of records of state, including legal, historical, and genealogical records.  These virtuous aims were entrusted to

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What is an Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV) Register Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

What is an Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV) search? In order to respond to the above premised question, we must first ask ‘What is an ICAV?’  Operating under the European Commission’s regulatory framework for managing and selling mutual funds (i.e., financial products that aggregate assets from shareholders to invest in bonds, market instruments, stocks and other assets) Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles (ICAVs) were first introduced by the Central Bank in March 2015. In doing so, ICAVs represented a new form of collective investment vehicle for Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) funds and Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and

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Closing Searches – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

What are Closing Searches? Typically, when a premises goes ‘Sale Agreed’ the selling and purchasing solicitors will generate a contract which commits the buyer to the purchase of the property (right or interest) as seen, yet subject to the contract’s agreed terms and conditions. Invariably the contract to purchase will include a deliberation on the outcomes of title investigations, in the form of closing searches. Closing searches thus can be defined as ‘…a series of investigations made to (a) establish title, (b) flag impediments or burdens, (c) address undertakings to lending institutions, and (d) provide the instructing solicitor with insights

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