The Trusted Adviser

June 2012 | Volume 5 - Number 4

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Update from ATG Administration

ATG Advocates in Washington and at Home

Hank Shulruff photoThe title and settlement industry is once again in the crosshairs of rule makers in Washington, D.C., and ATG is hard at work protecting the interests of our members and the consumers we serve. In May, ATG joined members of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) in Washington, to lobby on behalf of the industry. Organized by ALTA's Government Affairs staff, ALTA members (including ATG representatives) met with more than 200 delegates and staffers in a single "lobby day."

It was a tremendous effort and a great example of the willingness of title professionals to put aside competitive differences and cooperate in advocating for the interests of the land title industry. Our two main concerns are efforts to modify the RESPA and TILA disclosures and efforts to reform or eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more...

Henry L. Shulruff
Senior Vice President - Business Development

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Claims Corner

What is the Title Insurer’s Liability? — A title insurer’s liability to an insured is limited to the provisions set in the policy. Read more...

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

Transfer on Death Instruments: The Good and the Bad — A new planning tool for Illinois attorneys and their clients allows an individual to name a beneficiary of their residential real estate during their lifetime that will pass to a beneficiary at the owner's death. Read more...



Mortgage Foreclosure: Metrobank v Cannatello — Notice by abode service is sufficient to enter a personal deficiency judgment against a defendant who does not appear in court. Read more...


Rights of First Refusal: Ryan v Lawyers Title Insurance Corp — A purchase agreement granting a right of first refusal that was personal to the signatories to the agreement terminated at the death of the last surviving grantor of the right. Read more...


Adverse Possession: Engel v Parker — Land owners whose property has been taken away by adverse possession cannot take legal title away from the adverse possessors simply by building a new fence on the old boundary line. Read more...

IN THE NEWS | ATG Assigned High FSR Rating by Demotech

ATG Maintains High Financial Stability Rating - Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. has been assigned a Financial Stability Rating® of A' (A Prime), Unsurpassed, from Demotech, Inc., an independent financial analysis firm — the highest rating given to any regional title insurer in the United States. Read more...

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