People want to avoid probate, to make it as easy and inexpensive as possible to transfer assets to designated beneficiaries after they pass away. For years people have been able to do this with their intangible personal property assets, i.e., bank accounts, retirement accounts, annuities, etc. They designate in writing who inherits the money upon … Continue reading Title Insurance and Transfer on Death Deeds
Virginia Code § 55.1-319, entitled “Priority of residential refinance mortgage over subordinate mortgage,” makes refinancing for borrowers who need to subordinate a second or lower priority deed of trust much easier in many cases by eliminating the need for the subordinate deed of trust lender’s review and approval, as well as the execution, delivery and … Continue reading Priority of Residential Refinance Mortgage Over Subordinate Mortgage
Question: You are closing a transaction in which Pine Acres is being sold by Jennifer Doubtfire. The title notes reveal that Pine Acres was purchased by Jay Williams in 2002. In August of 2013, Jay executed a properly drafted transfer on death deed (TOD) naming Jennifer as the grantee, and delivered the deed to Jennifer. … Continue reading ARTU 2020 Spring Edition
Normally, searching title for a Lot in a Subdivision is a relatively easy puzzle to piece together. Every now and then, you come across a search that contains some very odd information, which can make that puzzle more complicated, and sometimes a little more fun! As we know, a title search with an Estate in … Continue reading What To Do…When There’s Black Voodoo?!
It has been a long day. After your calls to your title insurer’s underwriting counsel, your E&O carrier’s agent and your lawyer, you pulled together your file and retraced your steps. With 20/20 hindsight, it has become clear that you may have made a couple mistakes…… Your first question had been “Why us?” After all, … Continue reading Anatomy of A Claim – Part 2
Title Examination is a lot like a puzzle. In order to see the big picture, one must first determine the order in which to place the pieces. The process of searching a title is a specific and detailed process. To be a good title examiner, it requires great attention to detail. Title examiners are taught … Continue reading Title Examination Roadblocks – What To Do?
[Queue the Dragnet theme The story you are about to read is true – only the names…and amounts…and addresses…and… you get the picture... have been changed to protect the insureds….] This is your lucky day. Just yesterday you questioned your decision to leave OCD Title, with its endless checklists and procedures (intake, title order, examination, … Continue reading Anatomy of A Claim