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Title Law: A to Z

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February, 2018

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From Event: Title Law: A to Z, held February 2018.

Program Description

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!

Course Content

  1. Understanding Title Insurance
  2. Endorsements and Exclusions to Policies
  3. Ethical Considerations
  4. Reading Surveys, Descriptions and Plats
  5. Drafting Documents to Cure Defects
  6. Quiet Title Actions

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 6.00 CT * 02/02/2020
CLE 7.20 NJ * 11/14/2018
CLE 7.00 NY * 02/02/2020
CLE 6.00 PA * 02/02/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Understanding Title Insurance
    9:00 - 10:00, Thomas W. Spinrad
    1. Components of the Title
    2. Risks Inherent in Public Land Records
    3. Structuring of ALTA Policies
    4. The Title Commitment
  2. Endorsements and Exclusions to Policies
    10:15 - 11:15, Thomas W. Spinrad
    1. When to Use Endorsements
    2. State Rules for Filing Endorsements
    3. Owners' Policy vs. Loan Policy Endorsements
    4. Commercial vs. Residential Endorsements
    5. Standard ALTA Endorsements
    6. Commercial ALTA Endorsements
    7. Exclusions/Exceptions to Policies
  3. Ethical Considerations
    11:15 - 12:15, Thomas W. Spinrad
    1. Conflicts of Interest
    2. Disclosure of Defects in Property
    3. Liability in Title Examination
  4. Reading Surveys, Descriptions and Plats
    1:15 - 2:15, Thomas W. Spinrad
    1. Reading the Survey Into the Commitment
    2. ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys
    3. Survey Review Process, Elements and Symbols
    4. Finding Boundaries That Tie to Meander Lines
    5. Inaccurate Surveys and Surveyor Reports
    6. Standards Used by the Surveyor
    7. Preparation of the Boundary Survey
    8. Survey Coverage
    9. How to Read Descriptions
    10. Inappropriate Use of Tax Parcels and Addresses
    11. Identifying Typographical Errors
    12. Handling Vague, Inaccurate and Conflicting Descriptions
    13. How to Read Plat Maps Like a Surveyor
  5. Drafting Documents to Cure Defects
    2:30 - 3:30, Michael J. Catalfimo
    1. Easements
    2. Corrective Deeds/New Deeds
    3. Releases and Satisfactions of Mortgages
    4. Affidavits of Facts
    5. Monetary Settlement and Escrow Agreements
    6. Additional Curative Instruments
  6. Quiet Title Actions
    3:30 - 4:30, Michael J. Catalfimo
    1. Ground for a Quiet Title Action
    2. Initiating a Quiet Title Action - State Procedures
    3. Quiet Title Action vs. Other Curative Measures
    4. Identifying Interested Parties and Locating Records
    5. Quiet Title Action Mechanics 101

MICHAEL J. CATALFIMO is a shareholder and managing director in the Albany, New York law firm of Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C., where he currently concentrates his practice in the fields of creditors' rights, business and property law and litigation, bankruptcy law, and general civil litigation. He earned his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School and his B.A. degree, with all college honors, from Skidmore College. Mr. Catalfimo is a member of the American and New York State bar associations, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He chairs the Board of Directors of the American Legal and Financial Network and sits on the Steering Committee of the American Law Firm Association's business litigation practice group. Mr. Catalfimo is a former adjunct professor of business law at Skidmore College.

THOMAS W. SPINRAD is agency counsel to Northway Title Agency Inc. and is an attorney of counsel to Ianniello Anderson PC. Mr. Spinrad has been a lead title examiner for numerous large private and public land acquisition and financing projects including the Rensselaer Polytechnic Center for Industrial Innovation, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Technology Park, Hudson Valley Community College, the Troy Built/Gardenway plant expansion and the foreclosure and subsequent re-development of the Saratoga Board Mills/Westvaco plant property in Mechanicville, New York. He has testified as an expert witness in cases dealing with easement rights, location and extent of roadways, boundary lines, conflicting surveys, reconstruction of defective descriptions and attorney's professional responsibility in real estate transactions. Mr. Spinrad has been adjunct instructor of law at Hudson Valley Community College and has been a panel member in continuing legal education seminars covering matters of survey, boundary line determination, mortgage foreclosure, real property tax assessment, easements, streets and roadways, title insurance, real property title law and shared interest real estate ownership. He has participated as a presenter in continuing professional education seminars for professional land surveyors covering the contents and requirements for ALTA/ASCM surveys, surveyor's professional responsibility, survey certification and the differing points of view of the professional land surveyor and the title examiner in the review of record title data. Mr. Spinrad earned his B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from Albany Law School.

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Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of NBI, Inc. that this activity qualifies for up to 6.0 self-study hours toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including 1.0 self-study hour(s) of ethics/professionalism.

NJ CLE: 7.20 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.20
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of alternative format CLE credit. Of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of alternative learning format credit for ethics/professionalism. No more than 12.0 hours of alternative learning format CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

NY CLE: 7.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 6.00, Ethics: 1.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 6.0 hours can be applied to the areas of professional practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.

PA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

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