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April 2019 | Volume 12 - Number 4

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Illinois Senate Bill 1317: A Step in the Right Direction

Peter J. Birnbaum photoThroughout our history, ATG has been at the forefront of advocating for the long-term interests of the real estate lawyer. We have battled our competitors and advocated in the courts, in the legislature, with the regulators, and in the media to ensure consumers' right to counsel in the largest financial transaction of their lives. I do not believe it is hubristic to say that without ATG, lawyers would be out of the real estate business.

In recent years we have been public with our constituency that the market conduct of a few is detrimental to the long-term interests of the real estate lawyer and the consumers we serve. These are the three most striking examples we have cited in support of the need for self-correcting behavior:

  • non-transparent pricing;
  • imposing hidden fees that are passed on to consumers; and
  • companies with captive agencies requiring lawyers (to whom clients are referred) to agree to use their captive title agency.

In recent years we have also asked the real property bar to support the need for change or run the risk that it would be the lawyers who would take the blame for the market conduct. That is exactly what happened. Read more...

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and Chief Executive Officer

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ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

URGENT WIRE FRAUD REMINDER: Confirm Wire Instructions before Sending Funds — Including when transmitting funds to the closing agent and making payoffs of mortgage loans.

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

Effective May 20, 2019: Cook County Changing to Predictable Fee Schedule


OnDemand Spotlight | Entities and Authority in Wisconsin Title Examination
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Memorial Day | ATG offices will be closed May 27 — see our 2019 corporate holiday calendar.
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Back to Basics, Part 3: Closing Documents | May 8 | OnLine | 1.50 MCLE in Illinois | Review basic documents and procedures essential for efficient closings with experienced ATG underwriting attorneys. Who Should Attend: ATG Illinois member agents and their support staff. Learn more (account required).

Estate Planning from a Litigator's Perspective | May 22 | OnLine | 1.50 MCLE in Illinois; 1.50 CLE applied for in Wisconsin | Examine actual estate planning and administration issues from the viewpoint of the litigator and learn ways to help keep your clients and their families out of the courtroom. An ATG Trust Company program. Who Should Attend: ATG agents; estate planning attorneys in Illinois and Wisconsin. Save the Date and watch your email for updates.

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