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As an attorney who handles real estate closings, knowing the ins and outs of title law is not optional. Being able to identify, analyze and cure common defects is a vital part of your practice, and one that comes with an assortment of liabilities and pitfalls. In this inclusive title law guide you'll learn the latest techniques for examining titles and curing common defects, as well as gain a thorough understanding of title insurance policies, endorsements and commitments. Build your title law knowledge at this comprehensive program - order today!
Day 1: Understanding Title Insurance
Day 2: How to Cure Common Title Defects
Day 1: Understanding Title Insurance
Day 2: How to Cure Common Title Defects
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ERIC A. CRUZ is a partner with Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., where he serves as a trusted legal advisor to business owners, real estate investors, and families seeking to preserve and pass down their wealth and values. His practice focuses on real estate, closely held businesses, and estate planning, combining experience in these areas to provide a comprehensive approach to various types of real estate and business transactions, as well as succession planning for both businesses and families. Mr. Cruz is a cum laude graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
JACLYN N. PALAZZOLO is with Albertelli Law where her practice focuses primarily on residential and commercial real estate law as well as probate and estate planning. She is the managing attorney of the firm’s Florida Closing Practice and brings a diverse legal background to the position. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Palazzolo worked for another regional real estate firm overseeing judicial foreclosure actions, title curative work, residential and commercial closings, as well as the firms probate, estate planning, and guardianship divisions. She has invaluable experience in handling retail closings, foreclosure title curative actions, REO resale of foreclosed properties, along with bankruptcy and probate sales of properties. Ms. Palazzolo is a licensed title agent with numerous Florida underwriters and has is efficient in resolving title issues both proficiently and professionally. She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida State University, where she received her B.A. degree in criminology and political science. Upon graduation from college, she earned her J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law. She became a member of The Florida Bar in September 2012 and is a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of The Florida Bar.
MALCOLM J. PITCHFORD is a partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in the real estate practice group. He is a board certified real estate attorney. Mr. Pitchford has extensive experience in representing individual and corporate clients in purchasing, selling, leasing and developing residential and commercial properties. In addition, he regularly represents individual and private lenders in connection with residential and commercial acquisition, development and construction loans. Mr. Pitchford acts as closing/title agent and, in connection therewith, issues title insurance commitments and title insurance policies as an agent for numerous title insurance underwriters, including Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc., Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Ticor Title Insurance, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company of New York, First American Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Chicago Title Insurance Company, and Stewart Title Guaranty Company. He is a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, as well as a certified residential mortgage foreclosure mediator. Mr. Pitchford is certified as a program arbitrator by The Florida Bar in connection with its Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program. He is active in The Florida Bar, having most recently served as chair of the 12th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (12A). Mr. Pitchford is a voluntary mediator for The Florida Bar's Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (“ACAP”), and has been appointed to the Grievance and Fee Arbitration Committee of The Florida Bar. He is a member in good standing of the Sarasota County Bar Association, The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections), American Bar Association (Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust sections); and has been enrolled as a solicitor by the Law Society of England and Wales. Mr. Pitchford is a member of the following committees of the American Bar Association: Banking Law; Subcommittee on Commercial and Real Estate Lending; Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law; Subcommittee on Lenders' Issues, Multi-Disciplinary Practice, Ethics, Professionalism and Public Education; and Loan Practices and Lender Liability. He also is a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Pitchford received both B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.
JAMES A. SCHMIDT is a managing partner in the Tampa law firm of James A. Schmidt, P.A. He practices in the areas of business, tax and real estate law, representing individuals, companies, lenders and investors in their entity formation and transactional matters. He has extensive experience counselling business entities and their owners and stakeholders on governance issues arising in closely held businesses. Before practicing law, Mr. Schmidt worked as a certified public accountant for eight years in both the audit and tax fields, and provided transaction services in public stock and debt offerings. Mr. Schmidt received his B.S. degree in accounting and finance from Drexel University’s Leboe College of Business and his J.D. degree from the Widener University College of Law. He is licensed as a CPA by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Schmidt is currently a co-director of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar, and serves on several committees of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Chapter of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) and as general counsel to Real Estate Lives, a Tampa based 501(c)(3) organization.
CHRISTOPHER W. SMART is an attorney at Carlton Fields PA. He tries real estate, title insurance, and consumer finance cases. He represents national title insurance companies, lenders, creditors, and a broad array of real estate owners, developers, and investors. He has significant experience in title to real property, real estate contracts and transactions, title insurance, mortgage lending, and consumer finance. Mr. Smart's title insurance practice involves coverage determinations, disputes, and litigation, closing protection letter claims, title agent defalcations, and insurance bad faith claims. He also represents insured owners and lenders on behalf of their title insurers in litigation involving all manner of title defects and priority disputes. Mr. Smart’s consumer finance practice involves lender liability, consumer protection, loan servicing, and mortgage foreclosure trials and appeals. Mr. Smart’s development practice involves defending real property developers and their development rights, including litigation over condominium developments, condominium declarations, restrictive covenants, easements, and Florida’s Marketable Record Title Act. Mr. Smart is chair of The Florida Bar's Title Issues and Standards Committee and a member of the American Land Title Association's Title Counsel and Real Property Records committees. He is the co-leader of the firm’s real property litigation practice group and title insurance industry group. Mr. Smart received his B.A. degree, with distinction, from George Mason University; his M.A. degrees from the University of Florida and The John Hopkins University; and his J.D. degree, with high honors, from University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
SHAWN M. YESNER is one of the founders of the firm of Yesner Law in Tampa. He oversees the general operation of the firm and represents clients in residential and commercial foreclosure; Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies; residential and commercial closings, including refinances; loan, debt and short sale negotiation; debt collection negotiation; and general corporate matters. To support the law firm, Mr. Yesner is the host of the Crushing Debt Podcast, where he discusses strategies to help eliminate the financial bullies from your life. In addition to his Florida Bar license, Mr. Yesner also is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and a licensed title insurance agent with Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc. Mr. Yesner holds an accounting degree from Florida State University, a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, and is a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.