The Trusted Adviser

September 2014 | Volume 7 - Number 8

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Update from ATG Administration

ATG Celebrates 50 Years!

Gratitude and Progress Mark a Milestone Year

Peter Birnbaum photoAs we reflect on our 50th anniversary, we are filled with gratitude for ATG members, board members, and employees — none of this would be possible without all of you. It is a pleasure to share this milestone with so many of you.

Read about our recent events, click links to view photo galleries — and don’t miss the ATG video segments. You may see yourself! Read more...

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and Chief Executive Officer

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ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

Email Encryption: Locking Down Data a Business Necessity — With regulatory requirements and cyber threats pushing title professionals to protect NPI when sending via email, finding an easy-to-use solution is key to successful deployment.



Mortgage Foreclosure: First Mortgage Co v Dina — Under the residential Mortgage License Act (205 ILCS 635/1-1), courts will not enforce a contract involving an unlicensed party where legislation, enacted for the purpose of protecting the public and not as a revenue measure, expressly prohibits a party from conducting the activity without a license.


Mortgage Foreclosure: Stoffel v JPMorgan Chase — Filing a satisfaction of judgment following the sale of foreclosed property does not prohibit judgment creditors from presenting valid evidence rebutting claims asserted against them regarding the sale.


Easements: Enbridge Energy v Engelking — A right-of-way easement, when not particularly described, encompasses what is reasonably convenient and suitable. It cannot be applied to the entire property.

IN THE NEWS | ATG President to Receive IBF Award, ATG Sponsors NWSBA Golf Outing

ATG President to be Honored by Illinois Bar Foundation — On Friday, October 17, the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) will present its 16th Annual Distinguished Award for Excellence to Peter J. Birnbaum, President and CEO of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

ATG Family of Companies Sponsors NWSBA Event — See photos of 2014 Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association Golf Outing.

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

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ATG Legal Education logoSeptember-November Program Calendar

09.17.2014 Multi-Board Residential Real Estate Contract 6.0: An Analysis of the Key Changes - SESSION FULL (1.50 MCLE in IL)

10.01.2014 How to Prepare Commitments and Policies (1.50 MCLE in IL)

10.08.2014 What Every Title Agent Needs to Know about Claims Prevention (1.50 MCLE in IL; 1.50 CLE applied for in IN and WI)

11.05.2014 How to Prepare for a Closing (1.50 MCLE in IL)

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