Cyber Crime in the Title Industry

3 credits

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wire fraud
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center receives complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters. Since they began tracking scams in the late 2013, it has compiled statistics on more than 7,000 U.S. companies that have been victimized. The scam succeeds by compromising legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, Businesses of all sizes are targeted, and the fraud is proliferating. Title companies handle a lot of money through their escrow acccyber attackounts and are consequently a favorite target of cyber criminals. This course covers all the different types of cyber-fraud, how to recognize them, and how to protect your business against them.

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Electronic Delivery of Mortgage Disclosures

1 credit

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Two industry leaders explain electronic delivery and esignatures. Electronic delivery of documents has become ubiquitous. It’s only natural that it would come to the Mortgage and Title industry. This course will give you some historical legislative background and will help you understand how electronic delivery and electronic signatures will impact your business.

The Presenters are

David Whitaker, Esq.

David Whitaker is Counsel in the Chicago office of BuckleySandler LLP.  Mr. Whitaker advises financial services companies in transactional, legal and regulatory matters.  Mr. Whitaker also assists companies in their efforts to structure and implement platforms and processes that conform to the requirements of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), other applicable state and federal laws, and various industry standards.

Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Whitaker was Senior Company Counsel in the Strategy & Operational Risk Group at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., where he served as team leader for the group of attorneys supporting Wells’ electronic financial services.  In that role, he supported the bank’s online and mobile banking services, and a wide variety of new product development initiatives.  Among other products, he served as the primary legal architect at Wells for the development of the vSafe online document storage service and the clearXchange P2P electronic payments platform.

Before joining Wells, Mr. Whitaker was Of Counsel in Goodwin Procter’s Corporate Department and a member of its Financial Services Practice, specializing in electronic commerce issues and financial services law. He has extensive experience with practical application of laws governing electronic banking, letters of credit, payment systems and commercial and consumer financing. Before joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Whitaker was Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in McLean, Virginia. He has also served as a Vice President at Star Bank, N.A. (now U.S. Bancorp), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio; Vice President and Assistant Director of Legal Services at Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.; and in private practice as a partner at Boesche, McDermott & Eskridge, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mr. Whitaker is a member of the American Law Institute. He was named a “2009 Mortgage Banking Technology All-Star” by Mortgage Banking Magazine, in recognition of his pivotal role in “transform[ing] e-mortgages from an idea into a product.” Mr. Whitaker is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, and the Business Law Section’s Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”), Committee on the Law of Commerce in Cyberspace, and UCC Subcommittee on Letters of Credit. He has co-chaired the Cyberspace Committee’s Task Force on Federated Identity Management.

Michael Laurie

Michael co-founded Silanis more than 20 years ago. Today he is responsible for planning and growth strategies for product marketing and product management.

An expert in the field of compliance and standards for electronic signatures and e-vaulting solutions, Michael has been a driving force in advancing the e-signature marketplace through his participation in industry associations and contribution to standards including SPeRS, ESRA, MISMO and IRI. He is a frequent featured speaker at industry conferences and events. In 2013, he was recognized by BuckleySandler LLP with an ESIGN Service Award for his pioneering educational efforts, innovation within the industry and championing of electronic signatures in commerce.

Michael graduated from Laval University with a bachelor of sciences in electrical engineering.

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New Handbook of New Jersey Title Practice Available

Tthe HANDBOOK OF NEW JERSEY TITLE PRACTICE, by Lawrence J. Fineberg, Esq., CTP is ready for shipping. This comprehensive text examines and cites all of the laws, rules, cases, and customs that impact title insurance.

Purchase CD $175.00
Purchase Paper Edition — full set of pages – no loose-leaf binders (cover sheets for front & spine of binders are included) $175.00
Purchase Online Access. Name, address and email are required. You will receive an email with username and password within 24 hrs. $175.00
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Riparian and Other Water Issues in Title course approved in New Jersey

3 credits

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Tidelands or Riparian lands refers to lands flowed by the tide (and sometimes includes lands formerly flowed by the tide). The State of New Jersey holds title in fee simple to all lands currently or formerly flowed by the tide, unless it has already conveyed its ownership.

Tidelands claims in New Jersey are found in all counties except Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex and Morris

This course discusses:

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  • Legislation related to Tidelands
  • the Division of Land Use Regulation
  • Bureau of Tidelands management
  • What Title Insurance insures in regard to Tidelands
  • A Statement of No Interest
  • Licenses
  • Grants

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From Searching to Signing by Michael Holden approved in New Jersey

Searching to Signing 1 credit

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This course covers:

  • The history of land titles
  • Clearing liens on real property
  • What is title searching?
  • The difference between title searching and title examining
  • Problems with name searching
  • Tax problems in Wayne County
  • Case studies

Michael HoldenMichael Holden

Vice President Strategic Agency Manager, NORTH AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY (NATIC). Michael has been serving the title industry since 1989. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and has previously owned and operated a large title agency in Missouri. Prior to joining NATIC, he worked for two different regional underwriters as national agency manager. An active member of ALTA, Michael serves on several committees and has previously served on the agents’ section to the board of governors. Michael has been a speaker for several state land title association conventions and helps provide CE classes to title agents in the Midwest. Michael has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the land title industry in the United States and publishes a monthly article titled: “The Ramblings of a Title Man.” In 2007 he was recognized as “Top 40 under 40” by The Title Report™. In 2014, his first book, also titled “The Ramblings of a Title Man” was released. He, or a member of his family, has worked in the title industry continuously since 1920.

Ramblings of a Title Man is available for purchase from Learntitle Here

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JPM Teams with Fintech to Deliver Digital Mortgage Platform

JPMorgan Chase has partnered with fintech firm Roostify to build a digital self-service mortgage platform that will allow consumers to upload and electronically sign mortgage documents.

Source: JPM Teams with Fintech to Deliver Digital Mortgage Platform

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Bankruptcy with Michael Holden

1 credit

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Course covers all the different chapters of bankruptcy, and the effects of bankruptcy on title. The discussion includes actual notice, the bankruptcy estate, the automatic stay, relief from the automatic stay, the transfer of Real Property, preferential transfers and recording rules.

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Michael began working in the title industry for his father in 1984 part time before entering high school.  Since entering the field full time in 1989, Michael has examined over 15,000 real estate titles, written policies in excess of $100 million dollars, and handled closings of thousands of commercial and residential properties through out the country.

Michael currently serves as the Ohio and Michigan State Agency Manager for North American Title Insurance Company.  To work with him and North American Title, please click here:  NATIC

Michael has served on the American Land Title Association’s education committee responsible for setting educational programs for the association from 2000 to 2008.  He also has served on the ALTA’s Abstractors and Agent’s section committee to the Board of Governors.  Currently he  serves on the ALTA Public Relations Committee.

Michael is a regular speaker for the title industry.  He has been a featured speaker at the American Land Title Association Technology Forum; and the Missouri, Montana,Wyoming, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Virginia and South Dakota Land Title Associations.

Michael is an alumnus of the University of Missouri, and was recognized by October Research as “top 40 under 40” in 2007.  He enjoys travel, skiing and spending time with family.

Michael has a proud legacy of family leadership in the title insurance industry.  He and/or a member of his family has been active in the business continuously since 1920.

Michael Holden Seminars provides educational programs to Title Agents, Escrow Closers, Mortgage Lenders, Attorneys and Real Estate Agents.  Topics available include:

• RESPA reform, CFPB, the Dodd-Frank Act and affiliated business arrangements
• Bankruptcy, Federal Issues, Federal Tax Liens and Railroads
• Business operations, process streamlining, workflow centralization and cost reduction
• Marketing, business retention, sales, and internal marketing systems

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Cyber Crime in the Title Industry

3 credits

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wire fraud
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center receives complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters. Since they began tracking scams in the late 2013, it has compiled statistics on more than 7,000 U.S. companies that have been victimized. The scam succeeds by compromising legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, Businesses of all sizes are targeted, and the fraud is proliferating. Title companies handle a lot of money through their escrow acccyber attackounts and are consequently a favorite target of cyber criminals. This course covers all the different types of cyber-fraud, how to recognize them, and how to protect your business against them.

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Should Non-Purchasing Entities Sign the Closing Disclosure?

In regards to our recent comment letter to the CFPB, we wanted to provide clarification regarding the non-purchasing entity signatures on the closing disclosure

Source: Should Non-Purchasing Entities Sign the Closing Disclosure?

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Electronic Delivery of Mortgage Disclosures

1 credit

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Two industry leaders explain electronic delivery and esignatures. Electronic delivery of documents has become ubiquitous. It’s only natural that it would come to the Mortgage and Title industry. This course will give you some historical legislative background and will help you understand how electronic delivery and electronic signatures will impact your business.

The Presenters are

David Whitaker, Esq.

David Whitaker is Counsel in the Chicago office of BuckleySandler LLP.  Mr. Whitaker advises financial services companies in transactional, legal and regulatory matters.  Mr. Whitaker also assists companies in their efforts to structure and implement platforms and processes that conform to the requirements of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), other applicable state and federal laws, and various industry standards.

Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Whitaker was Senior Company Counsel in the Strategy & Operational Risk Group at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., where he served as team leader for the group of attorneys supporting Wells’ electronic financial services.  In that role, he supported the bank’s online and mobile banking services, and a wide variety of new product development initiatives.  Among other products, he served as the primary legal architect at Wells for the development of the vSafe online document storage service and the clearXchange P2P electronic payments platform.

Before joining Wells, Mr. Whitaker was Of Counsel in Goodwin Procter’s Corporate Department and a member of its Financial Services Practice, specializing in electronic commerce issues and financial services law. He has extensive experience with practical application of laws governing electronic banking, letters of credit, payment systems and commercial and consumer financing. Before joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Whitaker was Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in McLean, Virginia. He has also served as a Vice President at Star Bank, N.A. (now U.S. Bancorp), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio; Vice President and Assistant Director of Legal Services at Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.; and in private practice as a partner at Boesche, McDermott & Eskridge, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mr. Whitaker is a member of the American Law Institute. He was named a “2009 Mortgage Banking Technology All-Star” by Mortgage Banking Magazine, in recognition of his pivotal role in “transform[ing] e-mortgages from an idea into a product.” Mr. Whitaker is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, and the Business Law Section’s Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”), Committee on the Law of Commerce in Cyberspace, and UCC Subcommittee on Letters of Credit. He has co-chaired the Cyberspace Committee’s Task Force on Federated Identity Management.

Michael Laurie

Michael co-founded Silanis more than 20 years ago. Today he is responsible for planning and growth strategies for product marketing and product management.

An expert in the field of compliance and standards for electronic signatures and e-vaulting solutions, Michael has been a driving force in advancing the e-signature marketplace through his participation in industry associations and contribution to standards including SPeRS, ESRA, MISMO and IRI. He is a frequent featured speaker at industry conferences and events. In 2013, he was recognized by BuckleySandler LLP with an ESIGN Service Award for his pioneering educational efforts, innovation within the industry and championing of electronic signatures in commerce.

Michael graduated from Laval University with a bachelor of sciences in electrical engineering.

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