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Vol. 9, No. 1 — Mass. Focus — Summer 2010

Articles

Stewart Market Share Update
by Craig J. Celli
Stewart increases its market share.

Did You Catch That?

by Gary F. Casaly
Test your abilities to spot conveyancing issues.

Checklist of §1031 Delayed Exchange Steps

by Mike Brady
An analysis of delayed exchanges.

Development is Difficult Enough...

by Michael Agen
Develop hurdles concerning zoning.

Claims Avoidance

by Sean O'Callaghan and Margaret M. Fortuna
How to keep Stewart and yourself out of trouble.

Refresher for Reviewing Foreclosures

by Jane L. Greenhood
A foreclosure checklist.

Answers to Did You Catch That?

by Gary F. Casaly
Answers to questions in "Did You Catch That?"

Stewart Gives Back

by Craig J. Celli
Stewart associates and families participate in Charles River cleanup day.

Vol. 8, No. 2 — Mass. Focus — Winter 2009

Articles

Stewart Market Share Update
by Craig J. Celli
Stewart keeps moving forward.

Tips on Flips

by Jane Greenhood
What to watch for in real estate transactions in order to stay out of trouble

Update on First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

by Stephen R. Dinsmore
Another shot in the arm for the real estate in a slow economy

Liens, Liens, and More Liens

by Gary F. Casaly
Liens that affect titles and do more than just go bump in the night

Vol. 8, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Summer 2009

Articles

First Quarter 2009 Market Share Results
by Craig J. Celli
Up, up and away! Stewart's Market Share Continues to Increase.

Short Sales Part IV

by Craig J. Celli
More on Short Sales.

Title Tips

by Melanie Kido
Title Questions — and the All-Important Answers to Them.

Mechanics Liens

by Gary F. Casaly
Things Conveyancers should know about Mechanics Liens.

Vol. 7, No. 4 — Mass Focus — Fall 2008

Articles

Stewart Title Grows Market Share in Massachusetts
by Craig J. Celli
Stewart breaks its own record

Part III in a Series on Short Sales

by Craig J. Celli
More tips for closing short sales

Quarterly Tips

by Melanie Kido
Questions and answers about foreclosures

Residential Refinance Rate

by Jennifer Kohler
Information about discounted premiums

Lender's Document Due Execution Authority

by Jane L. Greenhood
Getting the right people to sign the right stuff

Foreclosure Rescue Scams

by Craig J. Celli
Foreclosure bailouts: The new "shell game"

Three Quick Tips to Help Avoid Future Claims

by Margaret M. Fortuna
Careful does it: Ways to avoid claims and headaches

I Never Thought of That

by Gary F. Casaly
Title issues that aren't so obvious

Vol. 7, No. 3 — Mass Focus — Summer 2008

Articles

Stewart's Market Share
by Craig J. Celli
Up, up and away!

Lender Requirements in a Short Sale Transaction

by Craig J. Celli
A continuing look at how short sales work

Attachments and Executions: Expiration

by Margaret Fortuna
When are these liens really gone?

Mortgage Foreclosure and Non-record Assignees

by Ward P. Graham
An in-depth review of who's the right party to foreclose a mortgage

Vol. 7, No. 2 — Mass Focus — Spring 2008

Articles

Stewart's 4th Quarter and Year-End Market Share
by Craig J. Celli
Stewart smashes more records!

Jackets and Policies 2008

by Melanie Kido
Explanation and review of new policies and their coverages

Short Sales: Different Perspectives

by Craig J. Celli
An overview of "Short Sales," the newest financial vehicle for properties in trouble

Tenancies

by Gary F. Casaly
A review of the creation of and ramifications resulting from tenancies in deeds and wills

Discounts and More...

by Jennifer Kohler
Ways for agents to save money

Vol. 7, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Winter 2008

Articles

Stewart Title's Success in the Third Quarter
by Craig J. Celli
Stewart Title continues to break records and succeed.

Quarterly Tips

by Melanie Kido and Margaret Fortuna
Important things to keep in mind when handling real estate transactions.

Garnering Business in a Down Market

by Melanie Hagopian
How to grow your business.

Technology Tools for Success in 2008

by Elizabeth Rocha
Important tools that can make your work easy and can help you create a website.

Vol. 6, No. 4 — Mass Focus — Fall 2007

Articles

Positioning Market
by Craig J. Celli
Partnering with Stewart Title as you position your office for the future.

Testamentary Dispositions

by Gary F. Casaly
A discussion of statutes that affect wills.

Vol. 6, No. 3 — Mass Focus — Summer 2007

Articles

One Year Later
by Craig J. Celli
The State Manager's reflections on his first year at Stewart Title.

Why Title Insurance for Registered Land?

by Ward P. Graham
Unregistered interests affecting registered land.

Vol. 6, No. 2 — Mass Focus — Spring 2007

Articles

Resiliency — Stewart is Stronger than Ever
by Craig J. Celli
A review of Stewart's recent successes.

New Real Estate Practitioners

by Melanie Hagopian
Some points for new lawyers to ponder.

Quarterly Tips

by Margaret Fortuna and Mark V. Borst
Helpful hints on how to stay out of trouble.

Intestacy, Wills, and Tenancies

by Gary F. Casaly
An explanation of "where title goes" upon death.

Vol. 6, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Winter 2007

Articles

Message from the State Manager
by Craig J. Celli
Mr. Celli explains why he became Stewart Massachusetts State Manager.

Property Excluded from Section 1031 Treatment

by Robert H.B. Buckner
A discussion of properties that do not qualify for tax-deferred treatment.

Paralegal Page

by Donald A. Brown
Some highlights about MERS transactions.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
An in-depth review of MERS transactions (REBA Title Standard 72).

Quarterly Tips

by Margaret Fortuna and Mark V. Borst
Ways to keep yourself out of trouble!

Vol. 5, No. 4 — Mass Focus — Fall 2006

Articles

Message from the State Manager
by Craig J. Celli
Stewart Title supports attorneys in Massachusetts.

Quarterly Tips

by Margaret Fortuna and Mark V. Borst
Questions and answers about timely title insurance subjects.

Trusts

by Gary F. Casaly
A review of the law of trusts.

Vol. 5, No. 3 — Mass Focus — Summer 2006

Articles

Letter from the State Manager
by Craig J. Celli
An introduction.

New Mortgage Discharge Statute

by Ward P. Graham
A comprehensive review and summary of the provisions of the new mortgage discharge statute.

Mortgage Discharge Flowcharts

by Gary F. Casaly
Flowcharts summarizing the new mortgage discharge statute.

Vol. 5, No. 2 — Mass Focus — Spring 2006

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart breaks more revenue records and receives accolades as one of Fortune magazine's Most Admired Companies.

Quarterly Questions and Answers

by Lynne Murphy Breen
A review of new laws and regulations that affect the conveyancer.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Some problems with recent legislation concerning child support liens.

Understanding Homesteads

by Gary F. Casaly
A review of the law of homesteads.

Vol. 5, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Winter 2006

Articles

Title Standard Spotlight
by Ward P. Graham
Alternative methods of documenting death for title purposes.

Quarterly Questions and Answers

by Lynne Murphy Breen
The far-reaching effects of marriage and divorce on title issues.

When Did They Change That Law?

by Gary F. Casaly
How changes in the law impact titles.

Manager's Corner

by Thomas M. Flynn
Update on House Bill 904, mortgage company settlement and housing sales report.

Vol. 4, No. 4 — Mass Focus — Fall 2005

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
RESPA litigation, and Stewart's pro-active assistance in helping minorities.

When Did They Change That Law?

by Gary F. Casaly
A review of changes in laws affecting conveyancing.

Related Party Exchanges

by Robert HB Buckner
An analysis of the Teruya case and its impact on tax-deferred exchanges.

Paralegal Page

by Donald A. Brown
How to research vital statistics.

Quarterly Questions and Answers

by Lynne Murphy Breen
The impact of the "automatic stay" imposed by Probate Rule 411.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Working with Powers of Attorney under Title Standard 34.

Vol. 4, No. 3 — Mass Focus — Summer 2005

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart's ratings and the economic outlook.

Back It Up!

by Andy Meyers
The importance and methods of backing up data.

Paralegal Page

by Donald A. Brown
Corporate mergers and how to find them.

Chapter 61A: Agricultural and Horticultural Liens

by Gary F. Casaly
Agricultural and horticultural liens explained.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Child support liens explained.

Vol. 4, No. 2 — Mass Focus — Spring 2005

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Reinsurance schemes, home sales and Stewart's earnings and profits.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Self dealing by trustees and its effect on titles.

Equitable Subrogation: The Missed Mortgage

by Gary F. Casaly
Equitable subrogation and its effect on mortgage priorities.

Paralegal Page

by Donald A. Brown
Negative amortization loans, construction loans, and change endorsements.

Movin' On

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Farewell to the Boston office.

Underinsured Owners

by Richard Urban
The ramifications of being underinsured.

Website Questions and Answers

by Gary F. Casaly
The features of the Stewart Massachusetts office website.

Vol. 4, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Winter 2005

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart's earnings, profits and the economic outlook.

Gain Exclusion Subject to Five Year Hold Period

by Robert
A special rule concerning exclusion of gains in exchange transactions.

Predatory Lending

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Consequence of violations of the Predatory Home Loan Practices Act.

Paralegal Page

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Loan fraud: "Flip" Transactions.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Massachusetts tax liens and their effect upon titles.

Vol. 3, No. 4 — Mass Focus — Fall 2004

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart's ratings and earnings, and the long term outlook.

Adverse Possession (Part II)

by Gary F. Casaly
A continuation of the discussion of adverse possession.

Mechanics Liens — Gone in 120 Days?

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
A review of the recording requirements regarding mechanics liens.

Paralegal Page

by Donald A. Brown
Help in figuring out premiums.

Title Insurance Claims: Tenancies

by Richard Urban
Explores how the wording in a grantee clause can make a big difference.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
A discussion levy of executions by sale, Title Standard 20.

Vol. 3, No. 3 — Mass Focus — Summer 2004

Articles

Historic Electronic Recording
by Donald E. Ashe
The Register of the Hampden County Registry of Deeds discusses the challenges of electronically bringing registries to the 21st century.

New Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act

by Arthur R. Gaudio
The Dean of Western New England College School of Law explores the potential of the Electronic Age as it concerns real estate.

Paperless Real Estate Transaction Basics

by Michael J. Agen
Discusses the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, G.L.c. 110G.

Paralegal Page — Overview of Stewartma.com

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Reviews the potential and some of the tools available on the Stewart Massachusetts website.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Explores the enforcement of condominium liens, Title Standard No. 69.

Adverse Possession (Part I)

by Gary F. Casaly
Probes into some of the aspects of adverse possession.

Vol. 3, No. 2 — Mass Focus — Spring 2004

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart announces record year; RESPA reform rule withdrawn; title insurance pre-emption.

Negative Amortization Mortgages and Policies

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Discusses negative amortization mortgages and how they are insured under the title policy.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Examines Title Standard 25 that addresses discharges of mortgages.

Underwriting Questions and Answers

by Richard Urban
Explores a few questions concerning powers of executors and their counterparts.

Paralegal Page — Unusual Premium Calculations

by Pamela Butler O'Brien and Donald A. Brown
Helpful information on figuring out premiums in complex situations.

Website Questions and Answers

by Gary F. Casaly
Learn more about our new website and its features!

Discounts Available to Stewart Title Agents

by Adina Potischman
Stewart Title agents can get discounts on products and services.

Just for the Record (Part II)

by Gary F. Casaly
A continuation of the examination of the application of the recording law as it relates to purchasers of real estate.

Vol. 3, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Winter 2004

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
HUD submits its final rule for review. Stewart reaches out to Hispanic homeowners. Market remains strong.

Just for the Record

by Gary F. Casaly
An examination of the application of the recording law as it relates to purchasers of real estate.

Improvement and Build-to-Suit Exchanges

by Robert H.B. Buckner
Explores more variations to tax-deferred exchanges.

Paralegal Page

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Some fast (and quite interesting) facts about conveyancing, from finding true north to finding terrorists.

Vol. 2, No. 4 — Mass Focus — Fall 2003

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Banks want to sell insurance. Industry and Stewart prosper. Radian gets hit again.

Homesteads: The Sequel

by Richard Urban
A discussion of homesteads and refinances.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Examines Title Standard No. 32 concerning unadministered bankruptcy interests.

Paralegal Page

by Donald Brown
Tips on how to retrieve information regarding bankruptcy filings.

New Client Account Record Keeping

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
A discussion of the Supreme Judicial Court’s rule regarding record keeping and IOLTA accounts.

Powers of Attorney

by Gary F. Casaly
A review of the law that governs the use of powers of attorney.

Vol. 2, No. 3 — Mass Focus — Summer 2003

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Industry revenues strongest ever. Stewart announces record first-quarter earnings for 2003.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
A continuation of the examination of Title Standard Nos. 4 and 27 concerning the sufficiency of descriptions in tax titles.

Talking Trash — Recycled

by Daniel C. Crane
A discussion of the requirements concerning retention of records by attorneys.

Paralegal Page

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Tips on how to handle various situations where homesteads are involved.

Short Form Policies

by Richard Urban
A discussion of a new, streamlined loan policy.

Bankruptcy Law and the Conveyancer (Part 2)

by Gary F. Casaly
Some specific problems that can arise for the conveyancer in connection with a bankruptcy.

Vol. 2, No. 2 — Mass Focus — Spring 2003

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart revenues continue to increase. Judge rules against Radian Guaranty Company.

Refinance Recordings

by Richard Urban
A discussion of the waiver by Stewart of the recording of some documents in connection with refinances.

Bankruptcy Law and the Conveyancer

by Gary F. Casaly
An outline of the basic concepts concerning the law of bankruptcy and its relation to conveyancing.

Recording Trust No Longer Required

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
A review of the statute that permits a summary certificate of a trust to be recorded in lieu of the trust itself.

For What It's Worth — Marketing

by Gregory Donovan
Tips to help keep your practice expanding while you’re busy.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Examines Title Standard Nos. 4 and 27 concerning the sufficiency of descriptions in tax titles.

Paralegal Page

by Donald Brown
A discussion of releases for attachments and executions.

Vol. 2, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Winter 2003

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Economy struggles to gain momentum. HUD proposes major revision to RESPA

Recording Problems at the Registry of Deeds

by Richard Urban
Proposes a solution to the backlog at the registry and the timely issuing of title policies.

Title Insurance of Leasehold Interests

by Marie L. Franco
Helpful points in insuring leaseholds.

Questions and Answers

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Explores (i) ancient law concerning conveying land held in common, (ii) increasing owner’s coverage under a policy and (iii) use of the estate tax affidavit for deaths after January 1, 2003.

Enforcement of Restrictions (Part 2)

by Gary F. Casaly
Continues the discussion of the application of the various statutes regulating the enforcement of restrictions.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Examines Title Standard No. 49 concerning dissolution of attachments.

Vol. 1, No. 3 — Mass Focus — Fall 2002

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart has high industry ratings. HUD proposes a "Homeowners Bill of Rights."

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Examines Title Standard Nos. 53 and 33 concerning trusts.

Reverse Exchange Variations

by Robert H.B. Buckner
Explores some variations to tax-deferred exchanges.

Bankruptcy — Sales Free and Clear of Liens

by Richard Urban
Discusses the requirements of extracting title from a bankruptcy cleansed of liens.

Enforcement of Restrictions

by Gary F. Casaly
Explores the application of the various statutes regulating the enforcement of restrictions.

What is an Open Files Listing?

by Robert F. Quinn
A discussion record-keeping as it relates to closing files.

Paralegal Page

by Donald Brown
Tips on (i) obtaining discharges from MERS and (ii) important internet web sites.

Vol. 1, No. 2 — Mass Focus — Summer 2002

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Radian Guaranty Company offers alternate to title insurance, but gets sued.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Examines Title Standard No. 3 concerning federal estate taxes.

Discharge by Affidavits

by Pamela Butler O'Brien
Discusses the statute that permits attorneys to discharge mortgages by affidavit.

Is it Bad or is it Good? (The Sequel)

by Gary F. Casaly
Explores “masquerading” title problems – ones that adversely affect titles but look harmless until you take a second look.

Counsel Q&A

by Richard Urban
Explores (i) judgment liens and (ii) condominium parking spaces.

Paralegal Page

by Donald Brown
Tips on (i) obtaining discharges for previously- paid mortgages and (ii) important internet web sites.

Vol. 1, No. 1 — Mass Focus — Spring 2002

Articles

Manager's Corner
by Thomas M. Flynn
Stewart reports highest revenues ever.

Title Standard Spotlight

by Ward P. Graham
Examines Title Standard No. 61 concerning Massachusetts estate taxes and transfers in contemplation of death.

Counsel Q&A

by Richard Urban and Gregory Donovan
Explores (i) conveyances by a master appointed by the court, (ii) reserved power to sell in a life tenant, (iii) discharge of attachment by a sheriff, and (iv) homesteads and how they relate to (a) trusts, (b) title policies and (c) refinances.

Is it Bad or is it Good?

by Gary F. Casaly
Discusses various “imagined” title issues – things that look like problems but aren’t.

Paralegal Page

by Pamela Butler O'Brien and Rose Whelan
Comments upon (i) policy preparation, (ii) premium calculations and (iii) policy remittance, together with some references to important internet web sites.