Live Seminar

Title Workshop: From Examination to Commitment



Thursday, March 01, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Courtyard by Marriott Jackson Airport/Pearl

415 Riverwind Drive

Pearl, MS 39208


$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MS CLE - 6.00


  • Real Estate - 6.00

Program Description

Get the Foundation You Need to Handle Title Issues

Ensuring marketable title has never been more important than in today's real estate market. Make sure you're prepared for any complications with a solid foundation of title law knowledge. At this workshop, you'll walk through the title examination process with example documentation - from the mechanics of the title search to curing defects to drafting the title commitment. Don't miss this opportunity to build your skills. Register today!

  • Identify defects, assess problems quickly and avoid creating unnecessary disputes by gaining a complete understanding of title examination techniques.
  • Learn best practices for dealing with mechanics' liens, tax liens and other encumbrances.
  • Confidently review plats and surveys, knowing what red flags to watch for.
  • Avoid the potential pitfalls of incorrect legal descriptions of property.
  • Understand what crucial items should be included on Schedule B-1 and B-2 of the title commitment.
  • Make sure you're using endorsements to their full potential: understand how to interpret their coverage.
  • Take the appropriate action to clear title quickly so foreclosed properties can go to sale on schedule.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level program is designed to benefit those who want to maximize their title examination knowledge:

  • Attorneys
  • Title/Abstract Professionals
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Bankers/Lenders
  • Paralegals

Course Content

  1. Conducting the Title Search and Examination
  2. What to Look for in Surveys, Descriptions and Plats
  3. Remedies to Resolve Property Line Problems
  4. Drafting and Issuing a Title Commitment
  5. Title Insurance Endorsements and Exceptions
  6. Curing Title Defects During Foreclosure
  7. Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

Real Estate – Real Estate: 6.00

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Conducting the Title Search and Examination
    9:00 - 10:00, Steven P. Nixon
    1. The Mechanics of Running the Chain of Title: Public Record Search, Title Plants, Etc.
    2. Title Examination
      1. Recognizing Defects Through Document Review
      2. What to Look for in Court Decrees
      3. Probate
      4. Foreclosure Under Deed of Trust
      5. Property Tax Liens
      6. Local and State Government Liens
      7. Federal Tax Liens and Federal Judgments
      8. Private Party Liens
      9. Issues on Authority
  2. What to Look for in Surveys, Descriptions and Plats
    10:00 - 10:45, R. Bradford Jones
    1. Types of Surveys: Differences Between ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Boundary Surveys and Building Location Surveys
    2. Understanding Survey Elements and Symbols
    3. Boundary Conflicts
    4. Physical Encumbrances/Encroachments
    5. Prescriptive Easements and Adverse Possession Evidence
    6. Building Setbacks/Restrictions
    7. Reading Legal Descriptions of Property – Potential Pitfalls
  3. Remedies to Resolve Property Line Problems
    11:00 - 12:00, Steven P. Nixon
    1. Boundary Line Agreement
    2. The Grant of an Easement
    3. Variance
    4. Trespass Action to Try Title
    5. Declaratory Judgment
    6. Quiet Title
    7. Action for Possession
    8. Quitclaim Deed
    9. Land Patent
  4. Drafting and Issuing a Title Commitment
    1:00 - 1:45, Macy D. Hanson
    1. Schedule A
    2. Schedule B-1: Requirements of the Title Insurer
    3. Schedule B-2: Exceptions to Coverage
    4. Opinion Letters
    5. Negotiating the Title Insurance Commitment
  5. Title Insurance Endorsements and Exceptions
    1:45 - 2:30, Macy D. Hanson
    1. Standard ALTA Endorsements
      1. ALTA 1.06 and 2.06
      2. ALTA 3.06 and 3.1.06
      3. ALTA 4.06, 4.1.06, 5.06 and 5.1.06
      4. ALTA 6.06 and 6.2.06 Series
      5. ALTA 7.06 and 7.2.06
      6. ALTA 8.1.06
      7. ALTA 9.1.06, 9.3.06, 9.4.06 and 9.5.06 Series
      8. ALTA 10.06 and 10.1.06
      9. ALTA 11.06 Series
      10. ALTA 12.06 Series
    2. Commercial ALTA Endorsements
      1. ALTA 13.06 and 13.1.06
      2. ALTA 14.06, 14.1.06, 16.06, 20.06
      3. ALTA 15.06, 15.1.06, 15.2.06 and 21.06
      4. ALTA 17.06 and 17.1.06, 18.06 and 18.1.06, 19.06 and 19.1.06
    3. Exceptions
      1. Standard Exceptions
      2. Special Exceptions
      3. Affirmative Coverage
  6. Curing Title Defects During Foreclosure
    2:45 - 3:30, R. Bradford Jones
    1. Indemnifying Prior Open Liens
    2. Resolving Tax Issues
    3. Open Equity Lines of Credit
    4. Correcting Scriveners' Errors
    5. Unreleased Mortgages or Mortgages Recorded Out of Order
    6. Unrecorded or Improperly Attested Security Deeds
    7. Break in the Chain of Title – Quiet Title Litigation Procedures
    8. Bankruptcy Notice Predating the Sale but Received After
    9. Recovering Manufactured Housing
  7. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Macy D. Hanson
    1. Rights of Redemption
    2. Formation of the Attorney-Client Relationship
    3. Conflicts of Interest
    4. Duties of Competence and Diligence
    5. Disclosure of Defects in Property
    6. Special Responsibilities to Sellers and Borrowers
    7. Attorneys' Fees

MACY D. HANSON is a solo practitioner with The Law Office of Macy D. Hanson, PLLC, in Madison, Mississippi. Mr. Hanson practices in the areas of real estate/construction litigation, real estate transactions, and litigation involving claims of professional negligence, lender liability, or fraud, in addition to acting as general counsel to a Madison, Mississippi, based real estate development firm that specializes in the development of public-housing-projects syndicated under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Hanson received both his undergraduate degrees from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Mr. Hanson is a member of The Mississippi Bar’s sections on real estate, business law, and litigation, as well as, an active member of the United States-Mexico Bar Association.

R. BRADFORD JONES is vice president and claims counsel for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. He is a frequent lecturer to attorneys and real estate professionals on real estate and title insurance related topics and has taught business and real estate courses at Holmes Community College. Mr. Jones received the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants Bronze Medal for the third highest score on the May 1997 CPA Exam. He also is a certified fraud examiner. Mr. Jones earned his B.A., Master of Taxation, and J.D. degrees from The University of Mississippi, and his Master of Laws degree, in taxation, from New York University.

STEVEN P. NIXON is a partner with the law offices of Milner & Nixon, PLLC, where his main areas of practice are wills and estates, family law, and real estate law. Mr. Nixon is a former adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where he taught legal writing. He is a municipal court judge for Clinton, Mississippi, and a member of The Mississippi Bar and the Louisiana State Bar Association. Mr. Nixon earned his B.A. degree from Louisiana Tech University and his J.D. degree from Mississippi College School of Law.

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Phone: 866-240-1890


Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MS CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 6.0 hours of credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics.

Real Estate

MS RE: 6.00
This course meets a portion of the minimum requirements for Real Estate Continuing Education licensing regulations for 6.0 hours. Course # 1010372.

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