By David A. Silverstein, Louisiana State Underwriting Counsel, WFG National Title Insurance Company More than 700,000 bankruptcy cases were filed across the country last year.  Of those, less than one percent were filed under Chapter 11.  Although less common than Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcies, Chapter 11 cases are often much more complex. The typical… Read More »

Miscommunication can happen in any form of business and in any company. It even happens in the title insurance industry—and when it does, title agents and their customers feel the impact. For this reason, WFG National Title Insurance Company has created a new position: National Claims Liaison. The claims liaison will be responsible for managing… Read More »

By Tamara Brooks, Assistant Manager And Georgia Underwriting Counsel, WFG National Title Insurance Company A trust is defined as a relationship created at the direction of an individual, in which one or more persons hold the individual’s property subject to certain duties as set out in the trust document. There are various types of trusts… Read More »

By, Stanley J. Czaja, Illinois & Indiana Underwriting Counsel, WFG National Title Insurance Company You are looking at purchasing a home, but when you view the house you notice that the only access to it is via a driveway crossing the neighbor’s property. How will the driveway impact your potential purchase? A cable television company… Read More »

A Power of Attorney (“POA”) is simply a document in which an individual (the “Principal”) appoints someone else to act on his behalf. We call that person either an “Attorney-in-Fact” or an “Agent.” The POA can be a powerful tool to assist in managing the affairs of aging family members, those who travel frequently or… Read More »

Q: Settlement agents provide a wide range of services, some of which have or seem to have quasi-legal overtones. Can you explain where the line is drawn between acceptable tasks and those that might be viewed as the unauthorized practice of law?   A: Those lines are blurry and vary from state to state, as… Read More »

By Steven Winkler, Chief Underwriting Counsel and Secretary Williston Financial Group   Title insurance coverage for access to a property is well-established but not well understood.    The American Land Title Association’s policies for owners and lenders both insure against loss or damage resulting from “no right of access to and from the land….”  The critical… Read More »