The Trusted Adviser

May 2012 | Volume 5 - Number 3

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Update from ATG Administration

Check Out Our New Website

And We'll Give You CLE Just for Stopping By

Hank Shulruff photoATG recently introduced a new and greatly improved website. We hope you like it...because we built it for you.

And between now and June 30, 2012, lawyers and staff can take any of our exceptional continuing legal education (CLE) programs…FREE! Visit, if you are not already an ATG member, click “Become a Registered Site User” and complete the online form. (ATG members, use your existing login and password.) Then browse the ATG Legal Education program calendar for our selection of high-quality Live and OnDemand programs. Complimentary CLE—a great value, and perfect timing for those whose reporting period ends June 30.

Designed with simplifying the member’s experience as our top priority, the site is the result of a thorough analysis of years of usage data and suggestions from ATG members. It is built to be truly “Member Centric.” Sure, it’s pretty. But it is much more. It is a resource that you can use regularly; full of useful, easy-to-find tools, some old and some new, that will make your office more efficient. The new is one more example of how ATG is Making Good Lawyers Better. Read more...

Henry L. Shulruff
Senior Vice President - Business Development

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Hot Topics

NATO Summit in Chicago will Affect Closings in ATG's Chicago Office — There will be heightened security in Chicago from Friday, May 18 through Monday, May 21, 2012. Building security at our One South Wacker location will be in after-hours mode throughout the event. Read more...

ARDC Ethics Alert: Loan Modification Scammers Recruiting Lawyers — Lawyers, particularly sole and small firm practitioners, are increasingly becoming the target of loan modification scammers seeking to recruit lawyers in an effort to circumvent state and federal legislation enacted to protect homeowners from unfair or deceptive practices Read more...

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

Condominium Association and Common Interest Community Liens and Mortgage Foreclosure — There are ways to recover through a lien in a mortgage foreclosure even when the lender has first priority. Read more...



Adverse Possession: Catholic Bishop of Chicago v Chicago Title & Trust Co — Under Illinois law a prescriptive easement can only be established if the element of exclusivity is met. The party claiming exclusivity must prove that he or she possessed the property to the exclusion of the true owner. Read more...

Mortgage Foreclosure: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co v Snick — A challenge to a plaintiff’s standing in a mortgage foreclosure case may not be raised at the confirmation of sale hearing. Read more...


Tax Deeds: Badawi v Orth — Notice of a tax sale served on an organization does not need to be addressed to an executive officer to be proper, it only needs to be sent to the last known address contained in the public record. Read more...

IN THE NEWS | In Memoriam, ATG Founder Honored, New Office Open House

In Memoriam - Andy Dystrup - ATG recently lost a great friend and longtime supporter in Andrew "Andy" Dystrup, who died April 3, 2012, due to complications following a lung transplant. Read more...

Stanley Balbach Honored by Illinois Senate - ATG is proud to announce that our Founder, Stanley B. Balbach, 92, was recently honored with an Illinois Senate Proclamation for his contributions to the legal profession, the community, and the State of Illinois. Read more...

ATG Holds Arlington Heights Open House - ATG members, guests, and staff enjoyed an evening together at the Arlington Heights Open House, the location of ATG's newest closing office. Read more...

Pictured: Jeff Clery (ATG member, Lake Zurich) with Peter Birnbaum, ATG President and CEO.

WHAT'S NEW | Member, CLE, Process, Trust, and Auction Services

ATG logoPlan for New Business With a small investment of time, we'll help you examine your existing business relationships, leverage those contacts into new firm business with a marketing action plan, and teach you networking strategies. We'll set realistic goals and show you how to evaluate returns against efforts. Contact Member Services Representative Bob Dillow today!

ATG Legal Education logoAll CLE Programs FREE through June 30, 2012 As part of the launch of our new website, ATG is offering all of its CLE programs — live and OnDemand — at no charge to all attendees. You must be a registered site user to take our programs. See ATG Legal Education at for details and our current program catalog.

ATG Trust Company logoTrust Client Brochure ATG Trust Company provides a brochure promoting its client services, including implementing estate plans, asset protection, and trust administration.

ATG TRUST MEMBERS: Use this excellent marketing tool to introduce ATG Trust Company to your clients. Contact us at or 312.338.7878 with your copy order or your questions.

NOT A MEMBER YET? Learn about the benefits to you and your clients.

ATG LegalServe logoFAST AND FLEXIBLE: The Process Server Responsive to Your Needs Get the finest process serving available to lawyers today. Learn what the LegalServe Difference can make in your practice and place your order today!

Auctions by ATG logoYour REO Resource Auctions by ATG provides opportunities for clients on both sides of the transaction: Lenders and Servicers get a faster, more cost-effective platform to dispose of non-performing assets; Investors and Homebuyers get an exciting opportunity to purchase residential real estate at attractive prices. Contact Operations Manager Mary Fran Gill, 312.752.1160, with your questions.


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