The Trusted Adviser

March 2016 | Volume 9 - Number 3

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Keeping Lawyers at the Closing Table

Why it's Vital for Consumer Protection

Guest Author:

Frank Pellegrini - President of Prairie Title, Agent of ATG

Frank Pellegrini photoDear Colleagues:

In each of my two face-to-face meetings with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director, Richard Cordray, in his Washington, D.C., office, I emphatically stated my belief that the best consumer protection mechanism in a residential real estate transaction is provided by the involvement of attorneys for the parties. My instincts tell me that, in his heart, he agrees.

However, Director Cordray is aware that consumers in many parts of the United States are not encouraged to seek the counsel of an attorney. By custom and practice in most regions of the country, the real estate transaction is “driven” by the Realtor® or other real estate professional. The result is a void in consumer protection, which agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are created to fill. Read more...

Frank Pellegrini, Esq,
President, Prairie Title

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Legislative Update


Closings: P.L. 114-113 — Changes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA).



Construction and Mechanics' Liens: Pyramid Development, LLC v Dukane Precast, Inc — Failure of general contractor to provide correct sworn affidavits upon request of the property owner precluded the general contractor's recovery on its mechanics lien claim.


Adverse Possession: Corn v. Corn — Claimant failed to establish adverse possession of the lane because the lane was not under his exclusive control.


Decedents' Estates: In re Estate of Stevens — The circuit court properly exercised its discretion under Wis. Stat. § 860.13 by approving a sale of real property owned by an estate to one of the estate's personal representatives and her son.

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