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January-February 2021 | Volume 14 - Number 1

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Moving Beyond an Unprecedented Year and into a Brighter Future

Focusing on Innovation

Peter J. Birnbaum photo photoI am out of adjectives to describe 2020 other than to say it was a year unlike any other.

In the face of all the challenges, ATG emerged as a stronger and better organization. Our staff came together with a spirit of collaboration, empathy, and dedication to mission. Our beloved ATG members jumped into the breach to Help consumers navigate their life's most important and complex financial transaction. You accomplished this through untold hours of hard work, agility, and devotion to your clients.

As we look to 2021 there are uncertainties:

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG Vice President - Downstate Operations


ATG CertifID flyer image/linkOur industry is under constant assault by criminal elements trying to redirect and steal closing funds. ATG is fighting back:

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  • 2/17 | Real Estate Case Law Update | 1.50 MCLE: (Illinois)
  • NEW ONDEMAND | Advanced Concepts in Section 1031 Exchanges: Shifting from Forward to Reverse | 1.50 MCLE/CLE: Illinois and Wisconsin

For full program lists, see Upcoming Programs and our OnDemand CLE catalog. Programs are FREE for all attendees.

COMING SOON: More 2021 Programs.

ATG AGENTS | Underwriters' Bulletin

Hot Topic

1099 Reporting — It's time to start preparing for tax season. Refresh your memory on satisfying the reporting requirements under Section 6045 of the Internal Revenue Code and download the necessary forms.

Procedural Updates

Transfer on Death Instruments – Illinois Agents: ATG has updated its procedures regarding TODIs. Please review Chapter 8C-VI of the Illinois Underwriting Manual to be sure you are in compliance.

New Partnership Protects Clients from Wire Fraud — ATG and CertifID

New Chicago-Area Suggested Rates Effective February 15, 2021

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

REMINDER: Wire Instructions Update for Chicago-Area Closings

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2021: Oak Lawn to Require Sewer Inspections Prior to Sale


Financial Strength for Virtually Any Size Transactions | ATG renews reinsurance coverage through Lloyd's of London syndicates.
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