October 2009 | Volume 2 • Number 8
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Update from ATG Administration
New Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct: Disclosure Duties for Attorney/Title Agents
Illinois lawyers are subject to revised ethical standards under the new Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (IRPC) that go into effect January 1, 2010. The new IRPC contains expanded explanations of new ethical duties in such areas as preliminary discussions with prospective clients, client confidentiality, handling retainers, managing client funds, and conflicts of interest.
Of special note to real estate lawyers acting as title agents are the conflict of interest issues under Rule 1.8 and its extensive Comments section. For a discussion of the new disclosure duties for attorney/title agents... read more

For a presentation on the IRPC by Scott Renfroe of the ARDC, Ralph Schumann of IRELA, and key ATG legal staff, attend our upcoming The 2009 Harold I. Levine Real Estate Institute — Survive and Thrive: Preparing Your Practice for Changing Times in Chicago on November 5, 2009, at the UBS Tower, Chicago. Earn 5.75 MCLE credits, including 2.00 Professional Responsibility. See Program Calendar for details and registration information for this premier event and our other seminars.

Jerry T. Gorman
Senior Vice President, Downstate Operations


ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes
Time is Running Out: First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit - As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the first-time homebuyer's tax credit was expanded and modified from its 2008 design into a more alluring form. As it currently stands, the 2009 first-time homebuyer's tax credit is due to expire on December 1, 2009. 26 USCA 36. For buyers to be eligible for the credit, they must have fully closed the transaction and have assumed full ownership by that date. Id. Buyers must act fast if they hope to redeem the credit before it expires. Schedule closings for your first-time home-buyer transactions now, well in advance of the deadline... read more
ATG Members/Agents: Be sure to schedule closings
for your first-time homebuyer clients
to occur before November 30!
Excessive Fees - Beyond RESPA's Reach - The Eleventh Circuit court of appeals has held that a title insurer may not be successfully sued for illegally splitting a fee by charging a title insurance premium that is more than the filed rate... read more
When to Take Social Security Retirement Benefits - Advising clients as they approach retirement age often involves consideration of their Social Security benefits and options under Medicare and private insurance. The sea of rules and procedures is constantly changing, and probably will be forever. In this article we look at some of the decisions about when to take Social Security payments and also provide a current review of "Medigap" insurance options. These Medigap policies have myriad options and we have attempted to summarize them for you here... read more
Easements; Riparian Rights
Konneker v Romano | An easement does not implicitly grant riparian rights where it is not explicitly limited, but its prior use indicates that it was not intended... read more
Kowske v Ameriquest Mortgage Co | Dismissal of a foreclosure action based on mortgage payment is a judgment on the merits and precludes an individual from bringing claims in a second suit that were not asserted in the foreclosure action... read more
Closings; Title Insurance Agents
PA 96-0645 | New legislation defines good funds title insurance agents may accept at closing... read more
Closings; Title Insurance Agents
PL 92-2009 | New good funds requirements that title insurance agents must observe... read more
PL 52-2009 | Regulates the activities of lenders, prohibiting prepayment penalties on variable rate mortgages and adding other requirements... read more
The 2009 Harold I. Levine Real Estate Institute
In honor of our mentor and friend Harold I. Levine (1931 - 2003), a respected and much-loved attorney who brought enthusiasm and insight into the practice of real estate law &€” to continue his work of sharing wisdom and knowledge.
Survive and Thrive: Preparing Your Practice for Changing Times
November 5, 2009 | The UBS Tower, Chicago
New rules and legislation for 2010 will have a serious impact on real estate and estate planning practitioners. Don't miss this opportunity to learn what you&€™ll need to know to thrive in the coming years from informed ATG staff and guest speakers, including an ARDC lawyer charged with enforcing the IRPC... read more


ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin
This section provides updated procedural and underwriting information. If you keep hard copies of our Member Handbooks in your office, print this information for insertion.
E-mail your questions to Christine Sparks.
Title Insurance: Do Not Reference a Property Address on the Commitment or Policy | Inconsistencies between a legal description on Schedule A and a property address referenced on the policy can lead to claims... read more
Attention ATG Shareholders
November 10, 2009, ATG Champaign Office... read more



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Live Fall CLE Programs
See details of these and other programs.
10/24: Navigating a Real Estate Transaction: A Seminar for Law Students and New Lawyers | Madison, Wis. (free for law students and new attorneys)
11/5: The 2009 Harold I. Levine Real Estate Institute - Survive and Thrive: Preparing Your Practice for Changing Times | Chicago, Ill.
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