Discover All the Ways Title Can Get Messed Up and How to Avoid or Fix it
Divorce, boundary encroachments by neighbors, foreclosure, probate - over the course of owners' and a property's life, there are many events that can turn what was once a perfectly clean and marketable or insurable title into one clouded by defects. Knowing how they happen, how to avoid them, and how to fix them is critical for attorneys both in and outside of real estate law. Join our experienced faculty for an insightful dive into 30+ real-world examples of title gone wrong and made right. Build your awareness of title issues - register today!
Spot common errors attorneys and others make when preparing and filing deeds.
Anticipate real estate title issues arising from divorce proceedings.
Find out what title issues can survive foreclosure or bankruptcy.
Learn how to prevent newly-discovered wills and heirs from coming back to haunt.
Discover why property boundaries end up in question, and what you can do to lay it to rest.
Receive tips for dealing with unpaid and unreleased liens.
Title After Death: Unknown Heirs and Other Estate Surprises
Money Owed: Mortgages, Mechanics' Liens, Tax Liens, and More
Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, and Title: Real-World Issues and Solutions
Clerical Mistakes and Deed Problems
Don't Rely on What You See: Survey and Boundary Discrepancies
James F. Freeman III is an attorney with Swanson Bernard, LLC, where he practices in the areas of construction, land use, church, commercial litigation, business, contract, employment, probate litigation, appellate practice, transportation and corporate law. He is admitted to practice in Kansas, Missouri, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the districts of Missouri and Kansas. Mr. Freeman is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan, Kansas and American bar associations, as well as The Missouri Bar. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
John T. Lotardo aka the TITLEMAN is senior vice president, director of operations, and national commercial counsel for Commonwealth Land Title Company. He is the former senior underwriter and state counsel for First American Title Insurance Company in Arizona and Nevada. Previously, Mr. Lotardo was senior vice president and general counsel for Stewart Title & Trust of Phoenix Inc., as well as state underwriting and claims counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. As a licensed attorney, his practice entails all aspects of real estate, title/escrow and corporate operations. Mr. Lotardo earned his B.A. degree, with honors and academic distinction, from C.W. Post, Long Island University; and his J.D. degree from Arizona State University. He is a frequent speaker, instructor, retained expert, and guest commentator. Being past president of the Land Title Association of Arizona, Mr. Lotardo has been a member of many real estate organizations, including holding the position of president for the Arizona Trustee Association, as well as being an active member of the State Bar of Arizona; the Arizona State Escrow Association; and bankruptcy, lending, foreclosure, legislative, judiciary and corporate organizations locally and nationwide. He recently completed his tenure on the Arizona Association of Realtors' Residential Contract Revision Workgroup and served on the Education Advisory Committee for the Arizona Department of Real Estate. Mr. Lotardo is the author of numerous articles and columns including the popular Ask the TITLEMAN™, which is in print throughout the United States. He also has been a guest commentator on talk radio for KFNX 1100 and KFNN 1510. Mr. Lotardo had been the editor for the Real Property Journal for the State Bar of Arizona for a number of years. He has been selected as a Who's Who in the legal community as part of The Business Journal's Leading Lawyers Program. Currently, he is the president of the Real Estate Advisory Board to the Maricopa County Recorder.
Minturn Wright is a founding partner with Shannon & Wright LLP, in Alexandria, Virginia, where he primarily represents clients in real estate transactions and litigation matters. His two-plus decades of experience as a lawyer have been almost equally divided between real estate transfers and other transactions and litigation (principally real estate, tax appeals and tax sales, civil rights, and insurance defense). Mr. Wright has had experience dealing with environmental issues, business entities (corporations, limited liability companies, and the like), and patent/trademark issues, particularly licensing. He earned his B.S. degree from Yale University and his J.D., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. Mr. Wright is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia and California.
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