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

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

The Title Agent’s Role in Elder Financial Fraud Prevention – Know the Red Flags and How to Respond

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 40.3 million Americans age 65 and older in the 2010 Census. In 2018, that number was estimated at 52 million, representing 16 percent of the U.S. population. Today’s estimate is 73 million, a number driven by the aging of the Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. … Continue reading The Title Agent’s Role in Elder Financial Fraud Prevention – Know the Red Flags and How to Respond

Clerks’ Association Message

Message from the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association (VCCA): The VCCA just recently held its annual convention in August where the 2021-2022 Officers were installed. This year’s President is Kristen Nelson from York County-Poquoson Circuit Court. Kristen has been worked in the Clerk’s Office for 25 years and has been Clerk since 2014. This past year … Continue reading Clerks’ Association Message

VLTA’s Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent Course

To become licensed as a barber in Virginia, you must complete a 1,500-hour training program and pass an exam. Remarkably, there is no training or exam required to conduct a closing, send documents to record, or manage millions of dollars of other people’s money. A bad haircut will eventually grow out. But no one forgets … Continue reading VLTA’s Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent Course

What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms?

(Part One) After several years of review and editing, the American Land Title Association will roll out a new portfolio of owner’s and loan policies, a new title commitment, a new endorsement series (47 – Operative Law), and numerous technical amendments to existing endorsement forms to align them with the policies’ changes. This article will … Continue reading What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms?