Westlaw tip: Searching names within public records

May 4, 2011

From the Westlaw Reference AttorneysWhen searching real property records for females, try using a “/4” connecter between the first and last name.

Sometimes this will yield more results because women sometimes have two middle names (e.g., middle and maiden name).

This is especially helpful when a woman has purchased property with someone before she married and you are not sure if you have her maiden or married name.

Also, public records databases search for equivalent names by default.

For example, JOHN will retrieve JON and JOHNATHAN, CHARLES will retrieve CHUCK (and vice versa).

If you would like to turn this feature off, please use the pound (#) sign as you would for stop words in other databases (#JOHN).

(Provided by West Reference Attorneys)