Abstracter tabbed for state board again
Roger Hannaford of Security 1st Title in Marion was reappointed Thursday to a fifth term on the Kansas Abstracters Board of Examiners, of which he is chairman.
The main objective of the board is to test abstracters before they are licensed to practice. The test has four parts covering almost every aspect of land titles, including divorces, property disputes, deeds, powers of attorney, and title insurance. It can take students up to five hours to complete, and 75% accuracy on each part is required to pass.
“You want to make sure you know your stuff before we send out into the world,” Hannaford said.
As a member of the board and as a practicing abstracter of almost 42 years, Hannaford has evaluated and updated the test to make it relevant for modern times.
“The test has been around for a long time, and we’ve made judgments and tweaked it a little bit,” he said. “Some things have changed a lot, like the court system.”
He considers being chairman of the board a privilege.
“It keeps the public records clean and good,” he said. “When you buy something, you’ll get it done by a professional and you’ll get it done right.”