The Trusted Adviser

April 2013 | Volume 6 - Number 3

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Update from ATG Administration

Welcome New Indiana Members

ATG Growing in Indiana

Henry L. Shulruff photoWe are pleased to welcome many new Indiana agents to the ranks of the ATG membership. Over the last several months, ATG staff has had the pleasure of meeting and training a new class of ATG members, and a great class it is. We are excited about having the opportunity to work with so many qualified and experienced Indiana lawyers.

When the National Attorneys' Title Assurance Fund (NATAF) decided to voluntarily cease operations in Indiana, ATG — working with the Indiana Department of Insurance, NATAF, the Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company, and Agents National Title Insurance Company — agreed to help effectuate a smooth transition and ensure little disruption in the day-to-day business of these title agents and their customers. Read more...

Henry L. Shulruff
ATG Senior Vice President - Business Development

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

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Procedural Updates

Proceeds: Check-Writing Procedures for Closings — Nine scenarios to keep in mind.

New CPL Procedures for Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Iowa — ATG staff must issue all CPLs for closings completed on behalf of lenders for properties in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Iowa.

Underwriters' Bulletin

Inter-Underwriter Indemnification Agreement — Learn when an exception can be waived without obtaining a hold harmless letter.

Witnessing Requirement on Statutory and Non-Statutory Powers of Attorney — ATG requires at least one witness and a notary public.

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes


Bankruptcy; Mortgages: In re Crane (Federal) — Know when a mortgage may be sufficient to provide constructive notice to third parties.

Easements: Chicago Title Land Trust Co v JS II, LLC (IL) — Interfering with use of properly established easements results in nominal and punitive damages.

Contracts; Mortgages: Singleton v Fifth Third Bank (IN) — Order to wire payment on the due date not considered untimely.

Mortgage Foreclosure: CSMC, Inc v Hoppa (WI) — Lenders who pay off first mortgages not necessarily equitably subrogated to first lien position.

IN THE NEWS | LFI Campaign a Success

Team ATG Overall Winner of Lawyers Feeding Illinois Campaign — The efforts of ATG, members, and staff raised $25,395.00 in funds and 732 pounds of food for the eight regional food banks in our state. Read more...

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5-1-13 | Welcome to ATG – Title Services Member Edition (Connect webcast)
5-15-13 | Wisconsin Underwriting Forum, Part 2 (Connect webcast)

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[Last update: 4-25-13]