The Trusted Adviser

December 2012 | Volume 5 - Number 9

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Update from ATG Administration

Happy Holidays!

Greetings from ATG's President

Peter Birnbaum photoIn this holiday season, I want to give you my sincere wishes for a safe, happy, and prosperous new year.

It was a pleasure to greet many of you at our Holiday Reception last week. We had nearly 600 members and their guests at the Adler Planetarium for a beautiful night of music, food, and camaraderie. As I looked around that room—with replicas of the planets all around, a stunning view of the city as our backdrop, the sounds of great music, and roars of laughter—I could not help but think how fortunate we are as an organization. Read more...

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO

IN THE NEWS | ATG Holiday Schedule Reminder

Year-End Giving at ATG — ATG has always been a good corporate citizen; our board, staff, and members are a charitable bunch. Read more...

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Holiday Schedule for ATG and Its Subsidiaries — Our offices will be closed for the holidays as follows:

  • 12/24 | Christmas Eve* - All Offices Close at 12 noon
  • 12/31 | New Year's Eve* - All Offices Close at 12 noon

We hope this advance notice allows you to arrange your schedule accordingly. Thank you, we appreciate your business!

*The latest possible start-time for closings is 11:00 a.m.

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

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Claims Corner

Building Code Violations — Learn why ATG denies many building code claims.

Procedural Update

ATG to Insure Farm Credit Mortgages without a Crane Requirement — ATG is pleased to announce that we are now able to insure Farm Credit mortgages of any amount of insurance without a Crane approval from the Underwriting Department.

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes



Foreclosure: Deutsche Bank Nat Trust Co v Gilbert — The condition lenders must meet to successfully initiate foreclosure proceedings.


Easements: Cochran v Hoffman — When right of way easements include parking.


Easements: Community Credit Union v AmeriTitle & Abstract Inc & First American Title Ins Co — Temporary access easement created subsequent to the date of the title policy is excluded from coverage.

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[Last update: 12-20-12]