The Trusted Adviser

March 2014 | Volume 7 - Number 3

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Update from ATG Administration

Implementing ALTA Best Practices: As Predicted, Lenders Have Taken Notice

ATG is ahead of the Curve, Will You be Ready?

Christine Sparks photoATG has been working to raise awareness about American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices. The program is gaining traction with major lenders; one of the nation's largest, Wells Fargo, published its support of Best Practices in a recent newsletter, indicating that they expect title agents to comply.

Best Practices has been recognized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an important tool to restore consumer confidence in the real estate market. It is becoming imperative that real estate title agents move toward full compliance in 2014. Read more...

Christine M. Sparks
ATG Vice President and Managing Attorney, Audit Department

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

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Procedural Updates

ATTN WISCONSIN MEMBER AGENTS: New Wisconsin Search Standards

Microsoft Ends Windows XP Support — Beginning April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. If you are running Windows XP in your office, learn what you need to do before the deadline.

Title Tips

HUD as Second Mortgagee: Reverse Mortgages

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ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Legislative Update

Title Insurance: Public Act 98-0398 - Amends the Title Insurance Act to add new requirements.


Adverse Possession: Hoch v Boehme - A party cannot establish color of title under Section 13-110 of the Limitations Act based on the fact that it paid property taxes for seven years if the land was not vacant and unoccupied.

Mortgage Foreclosure: Nationstar Mortgage v Curatolo - Trial court did not have authority to modify a mortgage agreement without the consent of both parties participating in a settlement conference if the parties do not agree to the modification.

Mortgages: Park Bank v Jackson - When a party refinanced the first mortgage and entered into a subordination agreement with a second mortgage holder, the subordination agreement could not be held invalid for summary judgment purposes.

IN THE NEWS | New Officers in 2014

ATG Announces Corporate Promotions - ATG is proud to announce two new Presidents and a Vice President:

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Thomas G. Cullen
Vice President - Wisconsin Operations
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Arden K. Miner
President and CEO
ATG LegalServe, Inc.
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Nancy R. Vallone
President and CEO
The Judicial Sales Corporation

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