American Bar Association
Title Insurance and Surveys

Title Insurance and Surveys


As a committee within the Commercial Transactions Group, this committee provides education on title insurance matters as well as current information and scholarship on new developments in title insurance, title insurance forms, endorsements and closing practice. This committee also addresses legal issues and standards relative to real estate surveys. The committee serves as liaison between the providers and consumers of title insurance and related services.

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Navigating Title Insurance and Survey Issues in Purchase & Sale Agreements

August 23, 2017
Live webinar

Navigating Title Insurance and Survey Issues in Purchase & Sale Agreements

April 21, 2017
Presented at 2017 Spring Symposia

Recent Revisions to ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for Land Title Surveys

Live webinar in February 2016

Commercial Development Team: Working with the Surveyor and Site Engineer

Live webinar in January 2015; presented at 2015 Spring Symposia

The Saga Continues: Title Insurance—Current Issues and Endorsements

Presented at 2014 Spring Symposia

Live Debate: North Fork Land & Cattle, LLLP

February 13, 2018
Live Call-In
2/13/2018 at 7 a.m.
Conference Call Access Numbers: 1-877-211-3621 Passcode: 979-293-6342#

This “debate” is very timely because of the decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court in North Fork Land & Cattle, LLLP (Wyo. 2015) 2015 Wyo. 150, which held that the existing title insurance coverage was not terminated by the transfer of insured real property for estate planning purposes, where the equitable ownership of the property was retained by the insured grantor. The decision of the Wyoming Supreme Court rejects a number of other decisions, including, but not limited to Kwok v. Transamerica Title Insurance Company (2009) 170 Cal. App 4th 1562, which held that a transfer of the insured real property for estate planning purposes could terminate the owner’s existing title insurance coverage.

Section Events

    Section 199A -- Planning to Maximize the Deduction


    The new section 199A deduction for passthrough entities creates opportunities for businesses that are not C corporations but may require new and creative planning to maximize the deduction. - Understanding the computation of the 20% deduction - Applying the limitations on the deduction - Understanding ...

    Exit Mechanisms and Dispute Resolution in Real Estate Joint Ventures


    Sharing a joint vision for a new real estate venture is a critical element of future success. However, life throws many curveballs and the long-lasting partnership the venture partners had initially envisioned may not come to fruition. Therefore, it is crucial that the joint venture agreement include ...

    Next Steps in Financing


    During this session the panelists will discuss sophisticated commercial real estate projects that touch upon specific issues applicable to most loans. For these projects, the panelists will comment on frequently arising and negotiated borrower-lender issues, including the following: Topics ...

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Johnston, Heather
Message From The Chair


Coleman, Neal
Miester, Alvin

Committee Roster  

Modified by Heather Johnston on February 2, 2018

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