You may not need a title company often in life, but there is a long string of adjectives you should keep in mind when you do: accurate, professional, experienced, efficient, creative and communicative. At CentraLand, your expectations and our expectations are one and the same, and our staff is committed to simplifying the closing process, saving you time and money, and being a trusted partner. We have sat at the table with countless clients on one of the most exciting days of their lives.
Our principals are long-time Bell County real estate professionals, and their expertise and knowledge are valuable resources. CentraLand’s hands-on approach to success is evident.
Thomas Baird received his BA from Texas Tech in 1975, followed by a JD from the University of Texas in 1977. Thomas Baird takes great pride in his work as an actively involved partner with CentraLand. Thomas also is a founding shareholder in the law firm of Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker, P.C. He leads the firm’s Estate Planning, Business Entities, Family Business Succession Planning, and Real Estate practices. He has lectured and written extensively on estate planning topics, tax planning matters, law office technology and innovation, trusts, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships. Thomas has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated a Super Lawyer every year since 2003.* bcswlaw.com
Jerry Secrest received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Baylor University in 1968 after receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor in 1966. After some time as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jerry returned to his hometown of Temple, Texas, to join the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and later entered the private practice of law in 1973. In 1985, Jerry opened CentraLand Title Company with Richard Mewhinney and continues to be a co-owner with attorney Thomas Baird. Jerry has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, is a Sustaining Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation and focuses his law practice on real estate and other transactional work. Jerry maintains a law practice in Temple as a partner in the Secrest Law Firm. secrestlawfirm.com
Linda Chaison, CentraLand’s President, brings many years of title experience to the company. Linda began her career as a legal secretary, working extensively in the real estate area, acquiring the designation of Professional Legal Secretary. She came to CentraLand soon after the Company opened and continues to assist our customers, realtors and lenders with their title and closing questions. Her depth of knowledge is invaluable to CentraLand’s success.
Jamey Secrest received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Baylor University with a concentration in general civil litigation in 1999 and began his law practice in Temple upon admission to the State Bar of Texas that same year. He has served as President of the Bell County Young Lawyers Association and was honored by his peers as the Bell County Young Lawyer of the Year in 2003. Jamey has a general civil law practice in Temple with the Secrest Law Firm, focusing on real estate, transactional work, probate, wills and litigation. secrestlawfirm.com
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