The Trusted Adviser

February 2017 | Volume 10 - Number 2

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Retirement: Michael K. Brandt

ATG Pays Tribute to a Classic

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For nearly 40 years Mike Brandt has been a counselor and advocate for ATG. And what a fine lawyer he has been!

The history of ATG is of legend, particularly the epic battles we fought to keep lawyers involved in real estate transactions for the benefit of their clients. These battle were waged in courtrooms, in legislatures, in the media, and in the market place. Our spectacular success from a sleepy little company to one of Illinois' largest privately held companies has been a great ride for all of us.

And at every step, Mike was with us, offering keen advice—and often insights that none of us had considered. Great lawyers have passion for their craft, commitment, and true understanding of their clients’ objectives. These are traits held by Mike, a great lawyer. Read more...

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Cook County - Corrective Recordings Update — Cook County Recorder of Deeds no longer accepts "Re-recordings," but instead now offers "Corrective Recordings" to correct any error of any previously recorded document.

Real Estate and Title News

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

LaSalle County Recording Fee Increase — Effective February 1, 2017.

llinois PTAX-203 - Real Estate Transfer Declaration Fill-in Form Program Will Be Discontinued March 1, 2017

Cook County Tax Year 2015 Annual Tax Sale — Please note dates to remember.


ATG Holiday Hours — All ATG and subsidiary offices will be closed February 20 for Presidents' Day.
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ATG LegalServe Open House - January 19, 2017 — See photos and learn what ATG LegalServe can do for you.
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ATG Advocates for Lawyers, Serves Consumers on WGN's Mr. Fix-It Show — Listen to John G. O'Brien's advice for home sellers.
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§ 1031 Exchanges – The Basics and Beyond | March 8 | Connect | IL (1.50 MCLE); WI (1.50 CLE applied for) | Learn to properly structure § 1031 exchanges so your clients can sell property, reinvest the proceeds in new property, and defer capital gain taxes. Who Should Attend: ATG Trust members, ATG agents, and support staff; estate planning attorneys in Illinois and Wisconsin. Learn more.

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