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Montana Agencies

2015 Webinar Schedule

All webinars are Wednesday at 1:00 pm. MST

January 14, 2015

Shawn Elpel --- Lack of Authority

This webinar will deal with the various types of entities that are involved with real estate transactions, and the sources within those entities of the authority of individuals to execute documents on behalf of the entities. Among the entities to be considered will be partnerships, limited partnerships, trusts of various types, corporations, non‐profit corporations, limited liability companies and purported entities without adequate documentation. LPOs will also gain an understanding of how to recognize the various entities and what information may be gained about the entities from “outside sources”.

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February 18, 2015

Wyomia Clifton --- CFPB - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Regulatory changes affecting residential mortgage lenders will have a significant impact on the way we do business, specifically on the way we close transactions.  This webinar will serve as a guide to understanding how the CFPB changes will affect your closings. We will review the history of the disclosures, and take a look at the new Integrated Disclosures that will replace a few of our existing forms.

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March 18, 2015

Jonathan Buss --- Easements and Access

This course will discuss various issues related to easements, including classification of easements, judicial interpretation and recent case law, insuring easements in general, easements as title exceptions and what to look for in an access easement.  We will review and discuss recent title claims involving easement and access rights, including a discussion of the problems pertaining to access rights when no practical route or roadway exists. LPOs should consider the access issues in gathering their information.

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April 2015

No webinar this month.

May 13, 2015

Adam Stricker --- Fraud & Forgery

This class will focus on scams and fraudulent transactions dealing including warning signs and anonymous real life stories. Discussion will also include identifiable scams to be on the lookout for and how they are affecting the Title Insurance industry.

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June 17, 2015

Bob Wallin --- Bankruptcy

This course will discuss the purposes of bankruptcy statutes and the different procedures followed under Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases. This course will also discuss the rules for when a bankruptcy court’s approval is required to close the transaction and the effect of a bankruptcy “discharge” upon pre-bankruptcy liens.  Numerous “real-life” examples of escrow transactions that have been impacted by bankruptcy will also be discussed.

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July 15, 2015

David Stubbs --- Power of Attorney and Subordination Agreements

August 19, 2015

Sunny Johnson --- Recording Errors and Issues

The documents we create and insure need to comply with statute (it: essential elements and formalities for a deed); they need to be signed and notarized in accordance with state requirements and they need to be recording in a timely manner.   When they’re not,  claims and even title failure can occur from recording deeds with no legal descriptions; deeds of trust with no legal description that winds up in default and then foreclosure;  incorrect legal descriptions that end up encumbering someone else’s property. There will be a discussion on proper document set up, notarization and recording; examples of errors and the resulting claims.

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September 16, 2015

Adam Stricker --- Mechanic Liens

This webinar will give an overview of mechanic liens in the western states, recent changes in the law and significant case law. Discussion will also include pitfalls to look out for and avoiding claims relating to mechanic liens.

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October 14, 2015

Glen Roberts --- How Agents Get In Trouble

This webinar will focus in on errors title agents make which lead to policy loss claims.  We will examine the top three  causes of policy loss which include search errors, mechanic liens and forgery.  Real life case examples will be reviewed with remedies and procedures to help avoid these errors.

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November 18, 2015

Catheryn Oakland --- Escrow Claims

This presentation will examine commonly seen causes of escrow loss, legal theories and procedures for recovery of escrow loss, and statutes and regulations which may control the recovery effort. We will review the FDCPA and state Consumer Protection Acts, the Bankruptcy Act and the escrow officer’s response to receipt of a notice of a filing, and Small Claims procedures.

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December 2015

No webinar this month.