The Trusted Adviser

February 2014 | Volume 7 - Number 2

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Update from ATG Commercial Title and Escrow Department

ATG Expands Commercial Title Services for Agents

Experienced Staff, Online Resources

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As the economy improves, we are seeing a steady uptick in activity in commercial real estate. Are you prepared to get in on it?

Making commercial transactions a part of your law practice can be a powerful strategy for your bottom line — and ATG is ready to help. Read more...


Donna Gagliardo Kogut
ATG Vice President - Commercial Title and Escrow

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

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Underwriters' Bulletin

Understanding the New Medicare Contribution Tax and its Limited Impact on the Sale of Real Estate

Claims Corner

Tax Divisions — Protect your seller clients from having personal liability to the buyer by applying for a tax division when appropriate. Originally published in the December 2011 issue of ATG Casenotes and Underwriters' Bulletin.

Procedural Update

Receiving Encrypted Emails from ATG — Learn what to do when you start to receive encrypted emails from ATG.

Title Tips

Prior Title Policies — Whenever possible, a seller should provide a prior Owner's Policy of title insurance.

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Legislative Update

Collection Procedures: Public Act 98-0557 (IL)


Construction; Mechanic's Liens: Bank of New York v Jurado (IL) - Counterclaim to enforce a mechanic's lien was time-barred because it was not filed until after the two-year statute of limitations period, pursuant to Section 9 of Mechanic's Lien Act.

Real Estate Taxes; Tax Deeds: M & M Investment Group v Ahlemeyer Farms (IN) - Mortgagees must complete a form requesting future notice of any possible pending tax sales for properties in which they have a recorded interest.

Surveys: Smith v Donaldson (WI) - The theory of common usage and acquiescence was insufficient and unnecessary when the parties' deeds were unambiguous in establishing the boundary line.

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