Burns White partners exclusively with Chain of Title Land Services to provide standup title opinions for our clients. Because we understand the liability involved with drilling and mining operations, our standup opinions go beyond certification of a third-party abstract, and certify that all records of the relevant county have been searched and included in the final abstract and legal opinion that you receive. The abstractors at Chain of Title Land Services have experience abstracting in a multitude of counties throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and all abstractors are law school students or licensed attorneys to ensure that legal acumen is provided at every step of the title process.

Seamless and collaborative, our attorneys and abstractors work together to ensure all pertinent instruments relating to the property are examined.  With years of oil, gas, and mineral title expertise, we are well versed in using industry tools, such as GIS mapping, to save our clients time and money. We pride ourselves on our client communication and provide comprehensive feedback during the examination process, including notifying our clients as soon as a severance is encountered.  Our standup title opinions provide our clients with a high quality product at a reasonable cost, and the added convenience of dealing with one entity. Instead of spending company resources tracking parcels throughout the title process, our standup title opinions allow our clients to better focus their efforts on exploration, production, and drilling wells.


  • One-stop title shop that provides every variety of title service, including GIS mapping, abstracting, opinion drafting, due diligence review, and heirship.
  • Certification that all records of the relevant county have been searched, rather than certification of a third-party abstract.
  • Legally trained abstractors, with extensive experience running Appalachian oil, gas, and mineral title.
  • Alternative fee arrangements, including flat rates per opinion.