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

    Insurance Essentials for Real Property Deals


    This program will explain the standard insurance requirements in leases and contracts and how to recognize problems and correct bad language. Provide practical tips on drafting liability insurance requirements in leases and construction contracts to cover accidents on the property. Permit you to advise ...

    Fundamentals of Federal Transfer Tax


    This session will discuss the fundamental rules and concepts underlying both the estate and gift tax regimes, and touch on the federal generation-skipping transfer tax. It will also cover issues associated with the preparing and filing of both gift and estate tax returns. Topics will include: What ...

    Special Lease Situations: Build-to-Suit Leases and Sale-Leasebacks


    The program will provide an overview of certain key legal considerations for two types of specialized lease transactions: sale-leasebacks and build-to-suit leases. We will examine the accounting and tax treatment of sale-leaseback transactions, including whether they might be characterized as financing ...

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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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