CLOSING REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

Originally published in the Fee Simple, the journal of the real property section of the Virginia State Bar. Reprinted with permission of the Bar and the author. An “unprecedented global health crisis” is a common phrase we have sadly grown accustomed to hearing as the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic … Continue reading CLOSING REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

Strict Construction of Instruments of Conveyance for Easements

Wavell v. Lengel, 2021 Va. Cir. LEXIS 158, Case No. CL20000484-00(Amherst Co. Cir. Ct. July 12, 2021). Strict construction of canons of legal interpretation are presented in Amherst County Circuit Court’s recent decision, Wavell v. Lengel, 2021 Va. Cir. LEXIS 158, Case No. CL20000484-00 (July 12, 2021).   (A copy of the opinion is attached.) Therein, … Continue reading Strict Construction of Instruments of Conveyance for Easements

Five Things to Consider When Purchasing Cyber Liability Insurance

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which has been monitoring cyber criminal activity since 2016, received a record number of cybercrime-related complaints from the American public in 2020: Nearly 800,000 – a 69-percent year-over-year increase, with reported losses exceeding $4.1 billion. As cyber fraud attacks increase in volume and sophistication, many title companies are … Continue reading Five Things to Consider When Purchasing Cyber Liability Insurance

Alaskan Airpark is Being Railroaded

By Bob GastrockReprinted with Permission. General Aviation News AK12, Alaska’s oldest residential air park, is in serious danger. The survival of Flying Crown Airpark in Anchorage, which has been in operation since the early 1950s, depends upon a healthy relationship with the Alaska Railroad and a 200-foot right-of-way (ROW). But the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) has sued Flying Crown in a quiet … Continue reading Alaskan Airpark is Being Railroaded

2021 VIRGINIA ELECTION RECAP

The November 2, 2021, Virginia elections resulted in a sweeping upset, with Republicans capturing all three statewide offices and the House of Delegates majority, ending Democratic unified control of state government. Virginia’s “off-off year” statewide and legislative elections feature the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and 100 seats in the House of Delegates on the … Continue reading 2021 VIRGINIA ELECTION RECAP

What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms? Part II

(Part Two) In Part II of this article, 2021 changes to the title commitment, closing protection letters, Homeowner’s policy, extended coverage residential loan policies, short form loan policies, and endorsements will be discussed. Read Part I here. Specialty Loan Policies This group of policies had few substantive changes.  Primarily, these policies were made consistent in … Continue reading What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms? Part II

VLTA Incoming President’s Message From Stephanie Campbell

Hello VLTA Members! I am Stephanie Campbell, Your VLTA President for the 2021/2022 Term.We have faced a great many challenges over the last year and are finally seeing a sense of normalcy return to life and business. Deemed essential by the Department of Treasury, our workloads doubled if not tripled. We were forced to find … Continue reading VLTA Incoming President’s Message From Stephanie Campbell