Ethics and the Attorney / Title AgentBy Michael J. RooneyMarch 2008Article, Page 132This author argues that attorneys can serve as title agents, provided they make necessary disclosures and get corresponding consents.
SLAPP suits take a hitBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2007Lawpulse, Page 454A new bill would discourage developers and others from suing - and thus trying to silence - opponents of their subdivisions, landfills, and the like.
Termite Traps for HomebuyersBy Terry Sharp and Lance C. MartinAugust 2007Article, Page 424Simply getting an inspection may not give your clients what they need. Here are steps you can take to protect them.
State must take reasonable steps to inform homeowner debtor of impending house saleJune 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 292On April 19, 2007, in a case that was remanded to the Illinois Supreme Court from the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, effectively, affirmed its own prior decision, holding that the state and the purchaser of a tax deed had made sufficient efforts to give notice to the delinquent taxpayer.
Land Surveyor Liability to Third Parties in IllinoisBy Richard F. BalesMarch 2007Article, Page 136The land surveyor made a mistake - what are the damages? The defenses? Who can recover? This article explores those questions from the plaintiffs' and defense perspectives.
Impairment of servient estate does not necessitate denial of an implied easementFebruary 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 72On December 7, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, reversed in part the holding of the Circuit Court of Du Page County, which denied plaintiff Gacki's motion for summary judgment and granted summary judgment to defendants Raymond and Lori Bartels, because the plaintiff's claimed easement would impair or reduce the value of the servient estate.
Getting back in the closings gameBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2007Lawpulse, Page 8Lawyers should try to reclaim their place at the residential real-estate table, a leading practitioner writes. And that requires more than going along for the ride.
The Mortgage Rescue Fraud ActBy James K. WestonJanuary 2007Column, Page 52This law, effective January 1, is designed to protect soon-tobe-forclosed landowners from a "rescue" scam.
Surpluses from foreclosure sales do not go to the purchaserJanuary 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 14On November 13, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, reversed and remanded the decision of the Circuit Court of McHenry County, holding the circuit court abused its discretion by distributing a portion of the surplus funds from a sheriff's auction to the winner of that auction.
Asked and AnsweredDecember 2006Column, Page 682Must Homebuilders Give Buyers an Express Warranty?
Confidentiality rules created for predatory lending databaseNovember 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 584The Residential Real Property Disclosure Act (Act) required that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Department) establish a database for its Predatory Lending Database Pilot Program (Database Program).