The Trusted Adviser

September 2017 | Volume 10 - Number 6

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Stay Secure Online, Stay Informed, and Strengthen the Weakest Links

Christine Sparks photoThe recent Equifax data breach is a stunning reminder of how vulnerable nonpublic personal information (NPI) is—even when it resides with a century-old, three-billion dollar company whose business From a large scale hack to an everyday phishing scam, we all need to be mindful both at work and at home.

The effects of such a data breach are yet to be completely understood. At a minimum, someone is out of a job, many consumers are more concerned than ever about identity theft, and first-time home buyers trying to obtain credit and apply for mortgages will feel the strain. The effects of those last two will be evident in our industry in the coming months. Read more...

Christine M. Sparks
ATG Senior Vice President – Chief Operating Officer


Hot Topics

New ALTA Commitment - Clarity, Plain Language, and New Conditions — Effective October 1, 2017, ATG will use the new Commitment to Issue Title form developed by ALTA.


Claims Corner

Making Sure the House is on the Insured Land — Watch out for improvements straddling a lot line or located on a different parcel of land.

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

McHenry County Exemption Requirement Effective September 1, 2017 — County Recorder instituting new procedure for requesting exemption from the Rental Housing Support Program surcharge.

City of Chicago Discontinuing Multiple Dwelling Building Registrations — Effective September 6, 2017.

How to Avoid Probate...and Spend Even More Money — The dangers of "DIY" trust transactions.

URGENT WIRE FRAUD REMINDER: Confirm Wire Instructions before Sending Funds — Including when transmitting funds to the closing agent and making payoffs of mortgage loans.



Civil Procedure: Jaworski v Skassa — The trial court properly dismissed Plaintiff’s Quiet Title action on the grounds of res judicata where a final judgment in a forcible entry and detainer action had been entered.


In Memoriam | James E. Molenaar
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Event | ATG Chicago Open House in October
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Giving Back | ATG's CEO raising funds and awareness at 26th Annual Ringside for Mercy's Sake.
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Premier CLE Event - Save the Date! | INVITATION ONLY - Watch your email for details.
13th Annual Levine Institute | November 9 | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

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ATG Legal Education logoOctober Programs
Claims Prevention 2017, Part 1 | October 4 | Connect | IL (1.50 MCLE) | Learn key strategies for ATG member agents to better prevent claims on your commitments and policies. Who Should Attend: Illinois ATG member agents and their support staff. Learn more (login required).

Real Estate Tax Update 2017 | October 11 | Connect | IL (1.50 MCLE) | Get insider tips and an anlysis of current events in real estate taxation in Illinois. Who Should Attend: Illinois ATG member agents and their support staff. Learn more (login required).

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