The Trusted Adviser

February 2016 | Volume 9 - Number 2

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ATG LegalServe and It's Your Serve Join Forces

Bringing You Experienced Leadership, Additional Services, Dedicated Staff

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We are proud to announce that ATG LegalServe, a subsidiary of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., and It's Your Serve, Inc. (IYS) have combined to create a single, full-service litigation support company offering services to lawyers and law firms throughout Chicago and beyond.

Effective February 11, 2016, the blended organization is doing business under the name ATG LegalServe. Each organization will remain at its current downtown Chicago office until we relocate to a new corporate headquarters. ATG LegalServe’s expansion will be a great benefit to existing and new customers in the Chicago area and beyond. Read more...

Arden K. Miner
President and Chief Executive Officer
ATG LegalServe, Inc.

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

PACA/PSA Trusts and Title Insurance — There is much concern about the sellers’ trusts, or super liens, resulting from the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Packers and Stockyards Act. Case law in this area with regards to title insurance is non-existent. Learn steps to prevent potential problems when insuring a title that is susceptible to one of these trusts.

New ATG Arlington Heights Location — As of Monday, February 1, 2016, all Arlington Heights closings take place at our new location: 2340 South Arlington Heights Road (see our January 21 announcement).

Legislative Update


Property Fraud Alert System: Public Act 99-0075 — Provides ways a property owner can be registered on a county's alert system as well as defines limits on liability and home rule powers.



RESPA: Chultem v Ticor Title Insurance Co — The attorney agents of defendant title companies did not violate RESPA in that they did perform services to earn their payment from the title companies; the reasonableness of the amount paid to the attorney agents is irrelevant.


Lis Pendens: JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA v Claybridge Homeowners Association — A lis pendens notice can provide constructive notice for the successor mortgagee of a foreclosure on an enforceable, unrecorded judgment lien.


Liens: Prince Corp v Vandenberg — A lien can attach to one debtor’s interest in real property, though the property is owned by several people as tenants in common.

WHAT'S NEW | Trust, CLE, and Process Services

ATG Trust Company logoGot Trust and Estate Questions? Our FAQ page has your answers. At ATG Trust Company, our mission is to bring a complete line of professional trust, estate, and investment services to attorneys and their clients. Need to know more? Contact us — we're here to help.

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ATG Legal Education logoGet Started in the New ATG Legal Education We launched our new CLE platform in 2015. It has many great features that make managing your CLE much easier, including the ability to take recorded OnDemand programs with most mobile devices. Keeps track of your hours and print your certificates once you complete the confirmation surveys (see details or our five-minute video tutorial).

If you haven't set up your account yet, see Stage One: Creating Your Account.

Featured March Programs (login required)

Closing Basics and Fraud Prevention | March 2 | IL (1.50 MCLE) | Get a detailed review of common closing issues and their solutions, plus fraud-prevention strategies. Learn more.

Succession and Retirement Planning for Lawyer | March 9 | IL (2.00 PR) | Learn the three key stages you need to know to make retirement a smooth transition for you or your attorney clients. Learn more.

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ATG LegalServe logoFAST AND FLEXIBLE: The Process Server Responsive to Your Needs Get the finest process serving available to lawyers today. Learn what the LegalServe Difference can make in your practice, place your news order with us! We've expanded our service by combining forces with It's Your ServeFind us with Google Plus.

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