The Trusted Adviser

December 2016 | Volume 9 - Number 11

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Gratitude in this Festive Season

A Holiday Message

Peter J. Birnbaum photoIt is hard to express in a holiday greeting the gratitude all of us on the ATG staff have for you, our beloved member agents and other supporters of the ATG Family. Speaking personally, this year marked my 35th year on the ATG staff and my 25th year as your President. Read more...

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and Chief Executive Officer

ATG MEMBER AGENTS | Underwriters' Bulletin

Hot Topic

Managing Your Electronic Estate: The New Digital Assets Act — What happens to our password-protected online accounts when we die? A new Illinois law establishes the procedures that allow fiduciaries to get access to decedents' email, Facebook accounts, and other "digital assets." Here's an overview of the legislation, along with practice tips. (Reposted with permission of the Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 104 #11, November 2016. Copyright by the Illinois State Bar Association (

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title News

URGENT: Don't Fall Victim to Wire Fraud Schemes — Eight actions you can take to protect you and your clients from the increasing threat of wire fraud.

Increase in Recording Fees - DeKalb County, Illinois — Effective January 1, 2017.


Mortgage Foreclosure: Marquette Bank v Heartland Bank & Trust Co — Tenancy by the entirety ownership of the beneficial interest in a land trust only precludes the sale of joint owners' interest to satisfy a money judgment against one of the owners.

Mortgage Foreclosure: Elliott v Dyck O'Neil, Inc — Trial court properly refused nunc pro tunc entry to correct in rem foreclosure judgment to be in personam as well. Thus, homeowners were entitled to the equitable relief of a refund of their payments made pursuant to the garnishment order.

Mortgage Foreclosure: Walworth State Bank v Abbey Springs Condominium Association — Condominium association's policy that unpaid assessments prohibited owners from using recreational facilities violated foreclosure law.

IN THE NEWS | December Holiday Schedule

ATG Holiday Hours — All offices will close at noon on December 23 (reopening December 27) and December 30 (reopening January 3)

Parking Discount for ATG Agents, Staff, Guests – Get the App! — Download the iParkit app to make using the discounted parking at the Washington and Franklin Street Garage easier and more efficient.

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