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A Practical Real Estate Toolkit Designed for Attorneys

Inaccurate descriptions, inconsistent and conflicting surveyor reports and title issues can pop up at any time during a commercial real estate transaction - are you prepared to confidently navigate through them? Dotting all your i's and proactively handling issues that arise to prevent future disputes can eliminate many potential hurdles and save both you and your client time and money. In this unique toolkit designed specifically for real estate attorneys, you'll gain real-world insight from professionals who have worked in the field, have hands-on experience and know what challenges you'll face. Catch problems and errors before property changes hands, and gain the technical skills you need - register today!

  • Gain technical knowledge on surveys, legal descriptions and title insurance.
  • Analyze perimeter, strip, area, township and range legal descriptions and learn to plat complex tracts of land in metes and bounds to avoid future disputes.
  • Identify challenges with zoning, restrictions and encroachments on a survey; how they affect the title; and what you can do to fix the problem.
  • Examine the title commitment and various conditions, exclusions and exceptions.
  • Get up-to-speed on the ALTA/NSPS land title survey standards.
  • Learn what your obligation is in regard to disclosure of defects on property and the ethical ramifications defects pose.
  • Find out how to handle missing markers and changed physical features.
  • Gain practical tips for addressing conditions, covenants and restrictions when drafting deeds.

All times are shown in Eastern time

  1. LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS
    10:00 - 11:15, Duane H. Wunsch
    1. Types of Legal Descriptions
      (Perimeter, Strip, Area, Principal Meridians and Base Lines, Initial Point, Plat, Township and Range, Section)
    2. Reading Legal Descriptions - Metes and Bounds
    3. The Inappropriate Use of Tax Parcels as Legal Descriptions
    4. Typographical Errors Resulting From a Failure of Someone
    5. Vague and Inaccurate Documents
    6. Handling Bad Description Measurements
    7. Discrepancies Between Legal Description in Mortgage and as Assessed by the Municipality
    8. Legal Descriptions in Foreclosure Proceedings and Defects as They Affect Bankruptcy
    9. Resolving Conflicting Legal Descriptions
    10. Proper Use of Corrective Deeds
    11. Reading a Plat and Confirming if it Was Properly Dedicated
  2. TITLE INSURANCE DISSECTION - REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES
    11:30 - 12:45, Duane H. Wunsch
    1. Title Standards
    2. Marketable Title vs. Insurable Title
    3. The Title Insurance Policy and Commitment
    4. Title Insurance Exclusions and Exceptions
    5. Insurance Coverage Expectations
    6. Title Endorsements - Generally
    7. Relationship Between Title Insurance and Survey Coverage
    8. Recognizing and Curing Title Defects
    9. Effect of Warranty Deed
    10. Examples of Application of the Authorities Discussed in this Presentation
  3. SURVEYING SKILLS FOR THE REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY
    1:15 - 2:30, Kimberly Jackson
    1. The Surveyor's Role/Standards Used by the Surveyor
    2. Types of Surveys and How to Read Them
    3. Preparation of the Boundary Survey
    4. Meander Lines and How to Find Boundaries That Tie to Meander Lines
    5. Survey Issues and the Impact on Title
    6. Survey Review Process: Overcoming Challenges (Easements/Restrictions, Encroachments, Compliance to ALTA/NSPS Survey Requirements, Water Boundaries)
    7. Cross-Reading the Survey and Title Commitment Together to Identify Problems
    8. Handling Inaccurate/Incomplete Surveys and Inconsistent/Conflicting Surveyor Reports
    9. Survey Coverage
  4. LEGAL ETHICS
    2:30 - 3:30, Brad L.F. Hoeschen
    1. Conflicts of Interest
    2. Disclosure of Defects in Property
    3. Liability in Title Examinations
    4. Attorneys' Fees
  5. OTHER ISSUES THAT ARISE DURING THE TRANSACTION
    3:45 - 4:15, Brad L.F. Hoeschen
    1. Working With Local Government, Surveyors, Appraisers and Other Non-Attorneys
    2. Liens and Lien Priority (Mortgagee/State Taxes, Federal Taxes, State Interests, Etc.)
    3. Missing Markers and Changed Physical Features
    4. Unaccounted for Property
  6. DRAFTING PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENTS AND DEEDS
    4:15 - 5:00, Brad L.F. Hoeschen
    1. Addressing Conditions and Covenants
    2. The Vital Importance of Title Review
    3. Getting Timing Down for a Smooth Transition
    4. What You Need to Know About Pre-Closing Inspection/Cooperation
    5. Real World Remedies You Can Use
    6. Acknowledging Risk of Loss
    7. Conditions Subsequent

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