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Confidently Work Through Common Problems

Do you understand the intricacies of real estate closings but feel left out of the loop when title becomes involved in the transaction? Are you able to resolve common title problems and utilize title insurance to your client's full advantage? Don't just rely on other professionals' due diligence; learn to use insurance and other cures to protect against title defects found with comprehensive title searches. This course will teach you the fundamentals of real estate title from examination to litigation. Register today!

  • Conduct thorough and accurate title searches by utilizing court decrees, mortgage foreclosures and probate documents.
  • Read and interpret land surveys, legal descriptions and plats in order to identify potential problems.
  • Take the necessary steps to cure defects in the title so you can keep the transaction flowing.
  • Avoid ethical dilemmas such as conflicts of interest during real estate transactions.
  • Confidently draft closing letters that protect the buyer from title insurance claims.
  • Work with the title insurance company on special issues, including additional coverage and special endorsements.
  • Learn how to effectively file and defend title insurance claims.

  • Title Search and Examination Fundamentals
    9:00 - 10:00 Written by Melody D. Westfall and Daniel F. Novak. Presented by Melody D. Westfall in Syracuse and Daniel F. Novak in Buffalo.
    • Overview of Title Examination: How to Conduct It
    • Chain of Title, Including Estate, Types of Tenancies and Foreclosures
    • Easements, Rights of Way and Restrictions
    • Curing Title Defects: Judgment, Mortgages and Other Liens
  • How to Read Surveys, Descriptions and Plats
    10:15 - 11:15 Written by Gilbert M. Hoffman. Presented by Gilbert M. Hoffman in Syracuse and Richard S. Juda Jr. in Buffalo.
    • Types of Surveys
    • Survey Elements and Symbols
    • Common Boundary Conflicts
    • Physical Encumbrances and Encroachments
    • Prescriptive Easements and Adverse Possession Evidence
    • Building Setbacks/Restrictions
    • Mineral, Oil and Gas Rights
    • How to Avoid Pitfalls
    • Exercise: Reading Sample Surveys and Legal Descriptions
  • Best Practices for Curing Title Problems
    11:15 - 12:15 Written by Thomas E. Taylor and Michael M. Blinkoff. Presented by Thomas E. Taylor in Syracuse and Michael M. Blinkoff in Buffalo.
    • Litigation Solutions
    • Non-Litigation Solutions
    • Boundary Line Adjustments
    • Quiet Title Actions
    • Declaratory Judgment
    • Quitclaim Deed
    • Party Wall and Other Party Agreements
    • Monetary Settlement and Escrow Agreements
  • The Title Insurance Commitment and Closing Letters
    1:15 - 2:15 Written by Gilbert M. Hoffman. Presented by Gilbert M. Hoffman in Syracuse and Richard S. Juda Jr. in Buffalo.
    • Owner's Title Policy
    • Mortgagees and Lender's Title Policy
    • Schedule A, B-1 and B-2
    • Gap Coverage
    • Opinion Letters
  • Proper Usage of Endorsements and Exceptions
    2:30 - 3:30 Written by Melody D. Westfall and Thomas Price. Presented by Melody D. Westfall in Syracuse and Thomas Price in Buffalo.
    • When to Use Endorsements
    • Standard ALTA Endorsements
    • Commercial ALTA Endorsements
    • State Rules for Filing Endorsements
    • Exceptions
      • Standard Exceptions
      • Special Exceptions
      • Affirmative Coverage
  • Ethics
    3:30 - 4:30 Written by Melody D. Westfall and Daniel F. Novak. Presented by Melody D. Westfall in Syracuse and Daniel F. Novak in Buffalo.
    • Duties of Competence and Diligence
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Disclosure of Defects in Property
    • Liability in Title Examination for Attorneys and Examiners
    • Attorneys' Fees
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