Live Seminar

Title Workshop: From Examination to Commitment



Monday, March 05, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris

9000 Worthington Road

Westerville, OH 43082


$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • OH CLE - 6.00


  • Insurance - 7.00
  • 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!

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

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

Insurance – Insurance: 7.00 *

Real Estate – Real Estate: 6.00

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. What to Look for in Surveys, Descriptions and Plats
    9:00 - 9:45, Thomas R. McGrath
    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
  2. Ethical Considerations
    9:45 - 10:45, Thomas R. McGrath
    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
  3. Drafting and Issuing a Title Commitment
    11:00 - 11:45, Kevin F. Eichner
    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
  4. Title Insurance Endorsements and Exceptions
    12:45 - 1:30, Kevin F. Eichner
    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
  5. Conducting the Title Search and Examination
    1:30 - 2:25, David L. Van Slyke
    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
  6. Remedies to Resolve Property Line Problems
    2:40 - 3:30, David L. Van Slyke
    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
  7. Curing Title Defects During Foreclosure
    3:30 - 4:30, Thomas J. Novack
    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

KEVIN F. EICHNER is state counsel for First American Title Insurance Company in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked for First American Title Insurance Company for the last 22 years. Before entering the title insurance industry, Mr. Eichner was in the private practice of law focusing primarily in the areas of real estate, real estate development, federal and state taxation, and estate and probate law. He is a past president of the Ohio Land Title Association and is a past president of the Ohio Title Insurance Rating Bureau, Inc. He is also a member of the Real Property Law Section Council of the Ohio State Bar Association and a member of the Columbus Bar Association. Mr. Eichner earned a Bachelor of Science in business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio.

THOMAS R. McGRATH is a managing partner of Thomas R. McGrath Co., LPA, where he practices in the areas of complex litigation, real estate law, insurance law, and title insurance claims litigation. He is a frequent lecturer for various professional groups on real estate title insurance law and other insurance and real estate issues. Mr. McGrath is a member of the Columbus, Ohio State (member, Real Property Committee) and American (past chair, Title Insurance Litigation Committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section) bar associations. He earned his B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and his J.D. degree from Capital University Law School.

THOMAS J. NOVACK is managing partner for Walker Novack Legal Group in Westerville. He has been practicing law for almost 30 years Mr. Novack also has extensive practice experience in the areas of real estate, purchase and sale, complex real estate litigation, title insurance law, probate, estate planning, trusts, small business formation (limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations), and business litigation. He formerly owned and operated a real estate title agency where he was engaged in the statewide closing of residential and commercial loans for more than 10 years. Mr. Novack is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, including the federal and bankruptcy courts in those jurisdictions. He represents national and local lenders, servicers, real estate investors, note buyers and tax certificate holders in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky in connection with default servicing and creditor’s rights issues including loss mitigation, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, commercial and residential foreclosure, bankruptcy, compliance litigation (RESPA, TILA, FDCPA, and SCRA), tax certificate collections, note buying, collections, mediation, loan workouts, reinstatements, and evictions. He has been a continuing legal education speaker for National Business Institute and is a frequent speaker at real estate investor forums. Mr. Novack earned his B.A. degree from Miami University and earned his J.D. degree from Capital University Law School.

DAVID L. VAN SLYKE is an attorney in the Columbus office of Plunkett Cooney, P.C., where his practice areas include general litigation, title insurance litigation, and banking and finance law. As a member of the firm's title insurance practice group, Mr. Van Slyke's clients include insured owners and lenders under title insurance policies and title insurance companies in escrow defalcations, coverage matters, and closing protection letters. As a member of the business law group, he represents clients in commercial litigation, including loan workouts and due-diligence reviews. Mr. Van Slyke has also been involved in litigation involving wrongful death, fraud, and white collar crime. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Mr. Van Slyke is a member of the Columbus, Ohio State, and American bar associations.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

OH CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of attorney professional conduct instruction.


OH INS: 7.00 Includes - Ohio Insurance Ethics: 1.00, Title: 6.00
This course has been approved by the Ohio Department of Insurance for 7.0 hours of CE credit. Sponsor #S10603. Category(ies): 6.0 - Title, Course #58553; 1.0 - Ethics, Course #58554. (An exam is not required to receive CE credit).

Real Estate

OH RE: 6.00
Approved for 6.0 hours of credit by The Ohio Division of Real Estate.

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