The Trusted Adviser

July 2013 | Volume 6 - Number 5

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Update from ATG Administration

Honoring Our Top Members

Peter J. Birnbaum photoWe typically devote this spot in The Trusted Adviser to industry news, economic overviews, or legislative updates. This month we're taking a break from those topics and simply offering our thanks and appreciation to top members. ATG hosted events to honor them in Chicago and St. Louis earlier this summer. Read more and view the photos: ATG Congratulates Top Members.

Watch for our August issue, which will contain important information about ALTA’s final Best Practices Document. For background and more information, check our ALTA Best Practices Information Center.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes


Judgments: Wells Fargo Bank v Heritage Bank — Judgment creditor lost its priority status for purposes of distribution of proceeds from a sale of foreclosed property because of its failure to file a memorandum of revived judgment within the statutorily required seven years from the date of the original judgment.

Decedents' Estates: Pereira v Pereira — Will construction favors vesting of estates as early as possible, in the absence of a clear manifestation of the contrary intention.

Mortgage Foreclosure: PNC Bank, NA v Bierbrauer (WI) — Bank employee’s affidavit based on personal knowledge sufficient to establish the bank’s right to enforce a note secured by a mortgage for purposes of summary judgment.

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◻ 9-12-13 | ALTA Best Practices Town Hall Meeting (Oak Brook, Illinois)

◻ 9-12-13 | ALTA Best Practices Town Hall Meeting (Peoria, Illinoi)

◻ 9-19-13 | ALTA Best Practices Town Hall Meeting (Moline, Illinois)

◻ 9-19-13 | ALTA Best Practices Town Hall Meeting (Wheeling, Illinois)

Save the Date for This Upcoming Program:
Harold I. Levine Real Estate Institute
    ◻ 11-7-13 | Chicago

Watch your e-mail and our website, we'll be posting more Fall-Winter programs soon.

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[Last update: 7-30-13]