If you have watched the news or read a newspaper lately, you have likely been confronted by the rapid expansion of state medical cannabis programs. More than 50 percent of states currently have medical marijuana laws on their books, several other states are considering establishing such programs, and a handful of states allow adult use … Continue reading With the Proliferation of State Cannabis Programs, Where Does Virginia Fit In? (Part 1)
By Skip Sacks, Virginia State Counsel Stewart Title Guaranty Company Our story begins in the spring of 2011. I was reviewing Stewart Title Guaranty Company’s Virginia claims totals for 2010 and it was clear that the recession was causing a huge increase in claims volume and losses. My colleagues at competing underwriters confirmed that they … Continue reading Claims, ALTA Risk Codes and Lessons from the Great Recession
The following is a story commentary about good practice. “Button, button, where’s the button,” the kindergarten game, is a childhood memory for me. I could not have guessed in kindergarten that I would ever recall the game as a dirt lawyer many, many years later. But, it’s the first question that comes to my mind … Continue reading Button, Button, Where’s the Button?
A Railroad Family History Genealogists find familiarity with title examination processes useful in establishing family relationships and histories. The same techniques are often helpful in tracing the history of corporate entities, except that the corporate records are not part of the land records unless and until notice of those particulars is entered in the land … Continue reading Finding Your Way
Surveys & Title, Why We Need Them Both by Connie Fuksa We all know, in our profession, that we can search the title to a piece of property and come up with the owners of the property, in most cases, with careful research. What we can’t do is visually see the property to confirm … Continue reading Straight Talk Title
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
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