The General Assembly reached its official halfway point on February 13th. Known as "crossover" it is the date that all non-budget legislation must be passed from the chamber of origin. Surviving bills then go to the opposite chamber where the legislative process begins again. On February 18th, known as Budget Sunday, the House and Senate … Continue reading Legislative Update
Derailed by the Supreme Court: (Some) Railroad Rights-of-Way Are Just an Easement On March 10, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, 572 U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 1257, 188 L.Ed.2d 272, 82 USLW 4187 (2014). The decision reversed a ruling of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals … Continue reading Derailed by the Supreme Court
From VLTA Past President, Glenda Brooks I joined VLTA in 2009 as part of the VLTA Board of Directors. My hope at the time was to work with Board Members to further the interests of VLTA and its members. Nearly a decade later, VLTA has grown into an amazing organization. We have doubled our membership, … Continue reading Past President Message
Those of you who have worked in the record room have undoubtedly come across some pretty strange documents. We’d love to hear from you! Check out this month’s Recorded Treasure. Recorded Treasure - Railroads March 2018
Let the Sender Be Frustrated. Actually, get frustrated now. This is the most frustrating article you will read in the next several months, I hope... The title and escrow industry has been alarmed by the increase in clever wire fraud schemes. However, the exposure is not limited to closings in which fraudulent wiring instructions can get … Continue reading Email and Diverted Wire Transfers
Virginia is an industry leader in the development of legislation regarding e-closings and remote notarizations. Virginia is only one of two states in the country (the other being Montana) that has allowed for online notary e-closings. While we wait for lawmakers in the rest of the country to catch up, Virginia Land Title professionals must … Continue reading Cyber Insurance Is The Answer
Choo Choo This month's prize puzzle was created by our fabulous Past President, Glenda Brooks! Enjoy the puzzle, and comment below with your name (members only) or email address. We'll pick 4 winners at random to receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card delivered digitally. Have fun!
The Anal-Retentive Title Underwriter Question: Tom wrote a holographic Will, which stated as follows: “To my wife, Anne R. South, I will and bequeath all of my property both personal and real to do with and dispose of at her pleasure so long as she shall live to be equally divided among my 4 children.” … Continue reading ARTU