Publications

Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Joseph R. Fortunato

A New Law Overturns Cypress Creek By Joseph R. Fortunato April 2013 Column, Page 204 A new law puts contractors with secured liens ahead of lenders.
Is the Real Estate Lawyer an Endangered Species? By Joseph R. Fortunato October 2012 Column, Page 556 A recent title insurance case illustrates how much things have changed.
A Modest Proposal - Liability for Negligence in Property Inspections By Joseph R. Fortunato, Jr. April 2012 Column, Page 220 Is it time for legislation that voids liability limitations in property inspectors' contracts?
Homestead and the “Purchase Money Mortgage” Exception By Joseph R. Fortunato, Jr. January 2012 Column, Page 52 When only one spouse takes title to the house, must the other sign the mortgage?
Unpaid Condominium Assessments - Who’s on the Hook? By Joseph R. Fortunato April 2011 Column, Page 208 To what extent are purchasers of a condominium unit at a foreclosure sale liable to an association for unpaid assessments?
Distressed Homeowners Need Lawyers, Not Legislation By Steven B. Bashaw and Joseph R. Fortunato January 2011 Column, Page 44 Those faced with foreclosure need legal advice, not more legislation.
Foreclosure and Divorce - Borrower’s Rights in the Face of Two “Wrongs” By Joseph R. Fortunato and Steven B. Bashaw October 2010 Column, Page 544 Should your divorcing, foreclosedupon client consolidate the foreclosure with the divorce?
The Foreclosure Explosion: How Illinois Courts Are Responding By Joseph R. Fortunato and Steven B. Bashaw July 2010 Column, Page 380 How judges, lawyers, and litigants in Chicagoland are responding to the foreclosure crisis.
Is Selling Title Insurance a “Business Transaction”? By Joseph R. Fortunato and Steven B. Bashaw January 2010 Column, Page 50 A reference to the sale of title insurance in the new rules has some lawyers concerned.