The Trusted Adviser

April 2014 | Volume 7 - Number 4

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Update from ATG Administration

Five Ways to Reduce Exposure to Wire Fraud

How to Protect Your Client and Your Practice

Ron Trubiana photoIncidences of fraudulent wire transfers are on the rise. Several ATG agents have had their systems attacked, but were able to detect it before their systems were compromised. Upgraded vigilance is necessary to protect your escrow accounts from attack. We recommend ATG agents take the following precautions. Read more...

NEW: Email Wire Fraud Scheme Warning

Ron Trubiana
ATG Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

HOT TOPIC | Major Online Threat

Security Alert: Heartbleed Bug — A newly discovered security bug nicknamed "Heartbleed" has reportedly exposed sensitive data from many websites. The bug can scrape a server's memory where sensitive user data is stored, including private data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers.

ATG MEMBERS | Underwriters' Bulletin

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Procedural Updates

ATTN MEMBER AGENTS IN ALL STATES: Authorization to Issue over $3 Million — Agents must have prior approval from ATG to issue policies when the liability reaches this level.

Title Tips

Avoid Adding Affirmative Language to Schedule B

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ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes


Real Estate Taxes; Tax Deeds: In re Application of the County Treasurer — Tax purchaser must provide a correct Section 22-5 notice with expiration for the period of redemption, which may not end on a weekend or holiday.

Mortgage Foreclosure: Buchanan v HSBC Mortgage Servs, Inc — Assignment of a note is valid despite blank and undated allonge.

Real Estate Taxes; Tax Deeds: County of Milwaukee v List of Tax Liens for 2011 #1 — County prevailed when it properly followed all of the statutory procedures to foreclose on its real estate property tax lien.

IN THE NEWS | Practice Notes

Elisa Ruer photoATG Announces New Wisconsin Title Operations Manager

We are pleased to announce that Elisa M. Ruer has joined us as Title Operations Manager in our office in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Elisa will coordinate workflow, manage Wisconsin REsource escrow accounts, conduct closings, and manage title files. Read more...

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