The Trusted Adviser

April 2016 | Volume 9 - Number 4

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Email Fraud

ALTA Offers Solutions

Henry L. Shulruff photoA group of us from ATG recently attended the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Business Strategies Conference in Indianapolis. Several of the educational sessions focused on cybersecurity and offered information on the latest attacks being deployed by hackers. The speakers offered strategies on how to protect data and to avoid being victimized by cyber crime.

A topic that hit home was email fraud. Several title agents (including a few ATG agents) have been affected by various types of email fraud, some that contained account-takeover schemes. Read more...

Henry L. Shulruff
ATG Senior Vice President - Business Development

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

Underwriters' Bulletin

Lis Pendens in the Chain of Title — What ATG requires when a lis pendens is discovered during the title examination.

Hot Topic

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELYGuidelines for Issuance of Reinsured Title Policies Changing

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes



Construction and Mechanics' Liens: Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd v Heritage Bank of Centrail Illinois — The Illinois Supreme Court recognized that an engineering company was entitled to a mechanics lien on property where the company surveyed, drafted and recorded a plat of subdivision, because the services constituted an improvement on the property.


Mortgage Foreclosure: Grant v Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co — A party cannot circumvent a ruling by filing a new complaint that raises identical legal and factual issues as the original complaint.


Contracts: Ash Park, LLC v Alexander & Bishop, Ltd — A breached contract for sale of real property was an enforceable contract that entitled the broker to its commission.

IN THE NEWS | Promotions and Recognition for ATG Staff Attorneys

Gregory J. Miely photoTania M.S. Stori photoChanges in ATG Legal Staff — Congratulations to our senior underwriting attorneys: Gregory J. Miely is the new Manager of the ATG Underwriting Department and Tania M.S. Stori is tne new Senior Claims Attorney.

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Christine Sparks photoATG Executive Earns National Title Professional Designation — Christine Sparks, ATG Vice President – Claims and Audit, has been awarded the National Title Professional (NTP) designation by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Sparks is also the current president of the Illinois Land Title Association.

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ATG's 34th Annual Law Student Seminar

ATG staff at Chicago-Kent seminar photo
From left: Kathy Xiahou, ATG Underwriting Attorney; Karen Jerwood, Representative and Law Clerk, ATG Commercial Title and Escrow; Paul Freske, Senior Account Manager, ATG Member Sales and Services; Allison Malzone, Senior Account Manager, ATG Member Sales and Services; Steven Walker, Law Clerk, ATG Legal - Underwriting; and Michael Brandt, ATG Vice President - Claims and Legislation.

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New Real Estate Closing Process: CFPB Rule Explained | IL (1.50 MCLE) - member only
Get an in-depth breakdown of the revised closing and new settlement process established under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule. Details/Check-Out - exp. 5/7

General Medicaid, Long-Term Care, and Eligibility Updates | IL (1.50 MCLE)
Keep up with the changing requirements for Medicaid assistance and long-term care. Details/Check-Out - exp. 6/11

ATG REsource Workshop 1: A Review of the Basics | IL (1.50 MCLE) - member only
Learn to better use the tools in ATG title and closing software. Details/Check-Out - exp. 6/18

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