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Attorneys as Title Agents and Malpractice

If an attorney is negligent in doing a title search or a title examination, does that mean that the attorney has committed malpractice? Not necessarily… but in a recent Massachusetts case, an attorney who allegedly did negligent title work and got sued would have been better off if it were a malpractice lawsuit.

Stewart Hires New Agency Services Manager for Georgia
Stewart Agency Services Group today announces the promotion of Margaret McClung to agency services manager for the state of Georgia.
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Stewart Title Announces New Leadership in Midwest
Stewart Title announced today transitions within leadership roles including division president for Illinois, and senior division president for the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Filings Rise for Fifth Consecutive Month
RealtyTrac has released its July 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows that foreclosure filings are up 7 percent in July from the previous month and up 14 percent from a year ago. July was the fifth consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in overall foreclosure activity following 53 consecutive months of decreases.
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Lawsuit filed over access to San Ildefonso roads
The lawsuit contends that, because of the pueblo's claim on the roads, property values have diminished, title companies are refusing to provide title insurance, and property owners are having trouble securing financing to purchase, sell or refinance their property.
How do I conduct a title search?
You can conduct your own title research, and I'm going to show you how, but you should have a professional produce the one you base your decisions on.
Judge to ex-trustee: Pay or stay behind bars longer
Lowe is currently serving a one-year sentence behind bars for stealing an estimated half million dollars from taxpayers by paying ghost employees and scheming to overbill the county for shoddy title searches.
Curing ailing mineral title problems: The quiet title option
If a lawsuit is the equivalent of using a hatchet, then a quiet title action, a special type of lawsuit, may be considered microsurgery.
Chuck Liddell wins $2 million lawsuit against escrow company
A jury sides with former mixed martial arts star after he sued an escrow firm that aided convicted fraudster.
MBA Weekly Report: Apps Rise on Increase in Refinance Activity
Mortgage applications increased 3.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 14, 2015.
Dunn County, Wisconsin Begins eRecording
The register of deeds office in Dunn County, Wisconsin has implemented electronic recording (e-recording) of documents through Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording service, giving customers a faster, more cost-effective online recording option.
Peoria County, Illinois Begins eRecording

Peoria County has implemented electronic recording (e-recording) of documents through Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording service.

An Easement for No Particular Purpose
What rights of use does an easement grant, if the easement does not say what kind of use that the easement holder is allowed?
Can Negligence Liability Be Outsourced?

Even in a state such as South Carolina where only attorneys can close real estate transactions, a closing attorney can contract out the title search to another attorney. But if something is missed in the title search, who is responsible—the closing attorney, or the attorney that did the search?

The Mere Volunteer

In many states, a “mere volunteer” is not entitled to equitable subrogation, but in an increasing number of states, mere volunteers can be equitably subrogated. Who is this mere volunteer, and why does it matter? Well, if you’re a title searcher, it actually matters a great deal. This article will explain.

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9th Circuit Reverses; Suit Goes Forward re: Mtg Loan Debt Collectors
john gault's Blog
2015/07/20
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"India" is not the problem
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/04/16
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Independent Abstractors: Well Trained Specialists (Part Three)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/04/09
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Independent Abstractors: Making Peace With Technology (Part Two)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/26
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Independent Abstractors: Dying Breed or Valued Specialists? (Part One)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/19
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Introductions
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/10
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Reconstruction of Past Persons
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/20
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Violations of Professional Codes
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/16
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The Deed of Trust Trustee, Laws, and the Constitution
john gault's Blog
2015/02/08
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An End to Outsourcing & Off-Shoring of Title?
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/03
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