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Section Newsletter Articles on Real Property

Lenders and contaminated property By Eugene P. Schmittgens, Jr. Business Advice and Financial Planning, May 2016 Establishing proper safeguards and with a property with a viable end-use, contaminated properties can be profitable for all parties.
Will the real party plaintiff please stand up? Toward a sane foreclosure process: Substitution of party plaintiff, the transfer of interest, and implications on standing By Stephanie Bowman Arsenty Real Estate Law, May 2016 A look at the scenarios in which defendant borrowers are prejudiced by the statute governing substitution of parties and some proposed changes to promote fairness in the foreclosure process.
Caught by recapture By Michael G. Cortina Real Estate Law, April 2016 Not only did the appellate court affirm the decision of the trial court, which found that recapture rights are not a part of real estate and cannot be terminated by foreclosure, it also affirmed the decision to award $179,000 in attorneys’ fees to the appellee as the prevailing party in the litigation.
Revocable living trust, tenancy by the entirety, and a little loss of privacy By Michael J. Maslanka Real Estate Law, April 2016 As a result of Loventhal v. Edelson, bankruptcy attorneys should be sure to list the tenancy by the entirety exemption on Schedule C of the bankruptcy petition, and real estate attorneys should be reminded to have both spouses sign any deed conveying their property to themselves as tenants by the entirety, whether in a trust or otherwise.
Anthony P. Tummelson v. Elizabeth Ann White, 2014 IL App (4th) 150151, December 30th, 2015 By Philip J. Vacco Real Estate Law, March 2016 Would a transfer of funds from one cohabitant to another for the purpose of making mortgage payments, as well as other monthly obligations, be considered a gift or a contribution to the property?
Pick your title: “Just Don’t Do It!” … “Ethical Common Sense” … “Everyone is Tempted” By Michael J. Maslanka Real Estate Law, December 2015 It could easily happen that a transaction must close or is ready to close and a particular signature or notarization is missing. You need that signature and/or notarization. What do you do?
Pick your title: “Just Don’t Do It!” … “Ethical Common Sense” … “Everyone is Tempted” By Michael J. Maslanka Business Advice and Financial Planning, December 2015 It could easily happen that a transaction must close or is ready to close and a particular signature or notarization is missing. You need that signature and/or notarization. What do you do?
Purchasers of properties that have gone through judicial sale should be cautious By Adam M. Ansari Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, December 2015 The Illinois Appellate Court in Concord Air v. Malarz has increased the due diligence necessary for properties that have gone through a foreclosure sale.
Purchasers of properties that have gone through judicial sale should be cautious By Adam M. Ansari Real Estate Law, December 2015 The Illinois Appellate Court in Concord Air v. Malarz has increased the due diligence necessary for properties that have gone through a foreclosure sale.
Advising clients on home inspector’s limitation of liability By Timothy E. Duggan General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, November 2015 The limitations on scope and liability can be a trap for the unwary
Big Brother is watching… your house! By Michael J. Maslanka Real Estate Law, November 2015 Homeowners better not ignore municipality or other local governmental notices regarding code violations, as Big Brother almost always wins.
What does “cf.” mean again? By Michael J. Maslanka Real Estate Law, November 2015 The 2nd District Appellate Court answered this question in its opinion filed on March 21, 2012 in the case of In Re Marriage of Romano.
In the Illinois mortgagee world, two strikes and you’re out! By Michael J. Maslanka Real Estate Law, October 2015 A look at the recent case of United Central Bank v. KMWC 845, LLC.
In the Illinois mortgagee world, two strikes and you’re out! By Michael J. Maslanka Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, October 2015 A look at the recent case of United Central Bank v. KMWC 845, LLC.
Sovereign immunity and negligent inspectors By Adam B. Whiteman Real Estate Law, October 2015 A victim of defective construction recently asked the author to sue a village because the village inspector approved the defective work. Here is what the author found in researching the issue.
A no-no by statute and caselaw By Michael J. Maslanka Real Estate Law, September 2015 In the case of Curielli v. Quinn, et al., decided by the First District Appellate Court on August 4, 2015, the Court held that an attorney cannot act as an attorney and a real estate broker at the same time for the same client, in the same transaction.
Understanding the Illinois Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act By Julia Jensen Smolka Real Estate Law, September 2015 A look at the basics of the Act works.
7th Circuit speaks on ethics By Michael J. Maslanka Real Estate Law, August 2015 Takeaways from Peterson v. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP of interest to transactions attorneys.
Be aware—An Illinois builder can be liable to subsequent purchasers for a breach of the implied warranty of habitability regardless of a valid waiver in the construction contract with the original purchaser By Richard Guerard Real Estate Law, August 2015 What can a builder do in its agreements to address this issue of liability to subsequent purchasers of a home for the implied warranty of habitability for latent defects?
What’s old is now new: Application of the implied warranty of habitability to purchasers of three-year-old property—Editor’s comment By Adam B. Whiteman Real Estate Law, August 2015 Newsletter editor Adam Whiteman discusses the implications and questions brought by the recent case of Fattah v. Bim.
The “M” word—Mold is manageable By William J. Anaya Environmental Law, June 2015 An overview of how to handle a mold discovery.
The “M” word—Mold is manageable By William J. Anaya Real Estate Law, May 2015 An overview of how to handle a mold discovery.
The Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Spanish Court Two Condominium Association v. Carlson— What is the next step? By Ellis B. Levine Real Estate Law, April 2015 The author of this article, the sponsor of many of the major provisions of the Illinois Condominium Property Act during his 16 years as a member of the Illinois General Assembly, agrees with the majority decision—that condominium law was intended to be statutory in nature, and therefore, that the obligation to pay assessments was absolute, but also agrees with Justice Freeman and the other dissenting justices as to the need for the General Assembly to provide additional mechanisms for condominium board accountability, some of which he spells out here.
Second District Appellate Court delivers relief for condo insurers, grief for condo boards By Sharon L. Eiseman Real Estate Law, March 2015 The opinion in Royal Glen Condominium Association v. S.T. Neswold and Associates, Inc. serves as a cautionary tale for condominium association boards.
Can a spouse who occupies a property as his/her residence but is not on title claim a homestead exemption? By Robert Handley Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, February 2015 A summary of the recent case of GMAC Mortgage, LLC v. Arrigo.
Special Warranty Deeds—For the rest of us By Joseph R. Fortunato, Jr. Real Estate Law, February 2015 The author has approximately 20 years of experience drafting Special Warranty Deeds at closing, and provides a sample form.
What is due and what is not due: That is the question By Amber L. Michlig Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, February 2015 A look at the rights and responsibilities for all parties under the Condominum Property Act.
Lien Cuisine (Or not so lien cuisine): Recent tales from the construction site and 2014 developments in construction and mechanics lien law By Samuel H. Levine Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, December 2014 Recent cases of interest.
Lien Cuisine: Recent tales from the construction site and 2014 developments in construction and mechanics lien law By Samuel H. Levine Real Estate Law, December 2014 Recent cases of interest to real property practitioners.
Save the Date—Commercial Loans: Documenting for Success and Preparing for Failure Real Estate Law, December 2014 This program will take place this Thursday (11/20). Sign up by 4 p.m. TODAY for the live program in Chicago, or register for the online course anytime before it begins.