February 2010 | Volume 3 • Number 2
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Update from ATG Trust Company
Is a Roth IRA Conversion the Right Move for You?
There is a unique opportunity in 2010 for Americans with their retirement savings in traditional IRA plans. This year only, they can convert these plans into a Roth IRA. The first reaction for most people will be this is for me. Not paying taxes when I retire, more flexibility on when and how much I can withdraw. Sounds perfect!
Don't sign on the dotted line yet. Though it can be a significant tax planning opportunity for some, for others, the cons far outweigh the pros of this one-time option. In our article, Roth IRA Conversions: The Wave of Your Future?, we present an in-depth analysis of the ramifications of this decision to your future and that of your estate planning clients. Be absolutely certain of the facts before making a decision that will affect the rest of your life.
Robert Lopardo
ATG Trust Company provides lawyers and their clients with trust, estate, investment, and Section 1031 Exchange services. Contact us for more information: 877.674.7878 or



ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes
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Changes in Kane, Peoria, and Will County Recording Requirements - P.A. 96-0856 (Senate Bill 1894) adds Peoria County to the predatory lending database. As a result, effective July 1, 2010, the Kane, Peoria, and Will County Recorders' offices will require a Certificate of Exemption or Certificate of Compliance to be recorded with all new mortgages, along with an additional $2.00 recording fee.

ATG Members: Go to the Guide to New Closing Procedures: Information and Training for links to free training for this and related changes in procedures.

Anderson v Klasek | Claims under the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act, the Real Estate License Act of 2000, and the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act cannot be tried before a jury... read more
Chain of Title; Notice
Weathersby v JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA | Purchasers are bona fide purchasers despite valid deed outside the chain of title unless it can be proven that the purchasers had actual notice of competing interests... read more
Borek Cranberry Marsh, Inc v Jackson County | The lack of the "heirs and assigns" language on an easement does not prevent it from creating a transferable property interest... read more



ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin
This section for ATG members only provides updated procedural and underwriting information. If you keep hard copies of our Member Handbooks in your office, print this information for insertion.

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Bankruptcy; Liens: Bankruptcy and Judgment Liens | Property held by a debtor will not always be freed of prior judgment liens if the debt is discharged in bankruptcy... read more (login first!)
Liens: Judgment and Lien Searches | Observe the following guidelines in ordering and reviewing judgment and lien searches... read more (login first!)



IN THE NEWS | Free Keep Your Home Event
Event for Homeowners: March 6, Grayslake
Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund (ATG), with the Lake County Bar Association and other partners, is holding the first of its free 2010 events to help distressed homeowners. They can consult with volunteer attorneys and get help applying for the Obama home loan modification program... read more



WHAT'S NEW | Member, CLE, Process, and Trust Services
ATG logo Plan for New Business - With a small investment of time, we'll help you examine your existing business relationships, leverage those contacts into new firm business with a marketing action plan, and teach you networking strategies. We'll set realistic goals and show you how to evaluate returns against efforts. Contact Member Services Representative Bob Dillow today!


OnDemand New HUD-1 Training

FREE - ATG members/staff only:

2010 Closing Procedures: Understanding the New HUD-1 and GFE
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2010 Closing Procedures: Understanding the GFE, HUD-1, Good Funds, EZ Dec, and Attorney Disclosure
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RamQuest SPEED HUD 2010 Tutorial
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Understanding and Preparing the New HUD-1 with REsource Training
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Live Seminars

Registration Opening Soon! See Program Calendar for details.

3/10: Succession Planning for Business Owners (ATG Trust webcast)

3/17: Building Client Wealth through Land Trusts (ATG Trust webcast)

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  IICLE Discounts for Trust Members - ATG Trust Company has arranged for its member attorneys to receive discounted rates on Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) on IICLE courses, publications, and SmartBooks. Get savings of up to 50% off the regular price. Use your ATG website login to access this page. Click here to request your user name and password if needed.



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