The Trusted Adviser

May 2016 | Volume 9 - Number 5

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Reduce Your Exposure to Wire Fraud

Protecting Your Clients and Your Practice

Darryl Schroeder photoIt happened at an ATG closing just last week — the buyer’s attorney sent ATG wire instructions to his clients via unencrypted email. A fraudster intercepted the email, changed the instructions so the funds would be secretly diverted, then sent the email along to the buyers as if it were from the attorney. The homebuyers followed the instructions, but their $500,000 never showed up at the closing.

Fraudulent wire transfer and other forms of business email compromise continue to rise, and the cost is in the billions (see Reuters' April 2016 article). The example above is recent and extreme — and there are many more. Several ATG agents have been targeted in recent years, fortunately they were able to detect the problems before their systems were compromised. Upgraded vigilance is necessary to protect your escrow accounts.

We recommend all lawyers take the following precautions, updated here from an April 2014 Trusted Adviser post: Read more...

Darryl Schroeder
ATG Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

Procedural Update

Email Fraud: ALTA Offers Solutions — Learn tips that you and your staff can use to defend against email schemes.

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

ATG Co-Hosts Indiana Title School June CLE Program — ATTN Indiana Title Producers and Attorneys: Get Your Required 7.00 TPL CE in One Day! (OR Earn 7.00 Hours of Pre-Licensing Requirement).

Legislative Update


Mechanic's Liens: Public Act 99-0178 — Substitution of a Bond for a Mechanics Lien. Effective Date: January 1, 2016



Mortgage Foreclosure: 1010 Lake Shore Assn v Deutsche Bank Nat Trust Co — Mortgagee-purchaser of a foreclosed condominium failed to extinguish the association's lien under 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(3), because it did not make a payment for assessments incurred after the sale. Therefore, mortgagee-purchaser was required to pay the prior owner's unpaid assessment fees as well as those that accrued after the sale.


Adverse Possession: Henry v Liebner — An adverse possessor of a parcel must show all elements of adverse possession for ten or more years and must also pay the taxes.


Contracts: MS Real Estate Holdings, LLC v Donald P Fox Family Trust — An agreement for a right of first refusal that did not specify a termination date was determined to last until there was a sale of the property.

IN THE NEWS | ATG Makes Crain's List List

ATG in Crain's Chicago Business List of Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies — Thanks to the loyalty of our hardworking member agents, other customers, and staff, ATG made the highly regarded Crain's Chicago Business list of Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies, published in its April 18, 2016, issue.

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

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