The Trusted Adviser

January - February 2015 | Volume 8 - Number 1

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Report from ATG'S President

Year-End Review 2014

Fifty Years and Going Strong

Peter Birnbaum photoBy any measure, 2014 was an extraordinary year: We celebrated our 50th anniversary, issued our three-millionth policy, had a financially successful year, faced head-on myriad marketplace and regulatory challenges, continued to diversify our product mix, and most importantly provided our members and their clients exemplary service.

We have a lot to celebrate! Read more.

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

Procedural Updates

ATTN: Member Agents in All States -
Procedural Update: ATG Regulation 1F — Changes to Agency Escrow Disbursement Account requirements.

ATTN: Illinois Member Agents -
New Suggested Rates for Chicago Area in February 2015 — Effective February 1, 2015.

ATTN: Wisconsin Member Agents -
Wisconsin OCI Rates and Rules Filing - Effective 2-1-2015 — Updated fees and clarification of application of existing rules.
Wisconsin Operations Update: New Clerical Assistance Program — Learn how ATG's CAP program can streamline your title production.

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ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

Commercial Real Estate Transactions as an Additional Income Stream — Learn how ATG can help you provide these complex services to your clients.

Illinois Judgments, Mortgages and Survivorship — In Illinois, a mortgage lien executed by less than all joint tenants does not sever joint tenancy.

IN THE NEWS | ATG President Recaps 2014 for Employees, Praise for ATG Board Member Austriaco, ATG Gives Back

Update from the CEO Peter Birnbaum presented his annual update to employees in the Chicago and Champaign offices. With packed rooms and staff from remote offices joining via conference call, Peter summarized highlights and challenges.... Read more

Aurora Austriaco with Peter Birnbaum photoATG's Aurora Austriaco Makes Waves Check out these inspiring stories about ATG Board member and former employee, Aurora Austriaco: "Filipina is first Asian president of Chicago Bar Association" and "Fil-Am lawyer makes waves in Chicago."

Congratulations, Aurora!

ATG Gives Back ATG has always placed a priority on being a responsible corporate citizen. ATG and its two top-issuing members, Ernie Codilis and Denis Pierce, made donations to the following organizations.... Read more

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4/1 | Illinois Underwriting, Part 2 - Easements, Subdivisions, Roads, Minerals, Manufactured Homes, and More | IL (1.50 MCLE) - member only

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