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Newsletter articles from 2014

6 strategies to better represent sellers of real estate By Colleen L. Sahlas June 2014 Implement these six strategies when representing sellers of residential real estate to avoid a myriad of problems down the road.
Caveat lessor By Joel L. Chupack March 2014 A look at some issues and problems raised by the The State of Illinois' and the City of Chicago's laws affecting the relationship between purchasers of distressed residential real estate and the tenants who occupy them.
A guide to Illinois authority documents By Richard F. Bales May 2014 A reference guide to the so-called “authority documents’—the various documentation that a title company examiner or closer needs to review in order to underwrite the conveyance or mortgage of Illinois land by entities as common as corporations and as unusual as unincorporated associations.
ISBA unveils exciting new Member Directory! July 2014 Make sure the other members of the ISBA Real Estate Law Section know what sets you apart and can find you easily by activating your member directory profile today.
Mentors needed for ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program By Peter L. Rotskoff January 2014 Read more about this important program and sign up to become a mentor today!
The nature of title insurance and the “law of unintended consequences” in real estate transactions By Joseph R. Fortunato Jr. July 2014 A summary of United Community Bank v. Prairie State Bank & Trust.
Past-due condominium assessments and the FDCPA By Nancy Hyzer February 2014 Recently the Northern District Court of Illinois issued a Memorandum Opinion in a class action suit claiming a FDCPA violation against a law firm representing a condominium association on a past-due assessment collection effort.
Royalties and existing oil & gas leases with horizontal drilling technology may not be what it seems By William J. Anaya January 2014 With hydraulic fracturing on the horizon in Illinois, lawyers should review existing oil and gas leases to determine if the royalty payment provision in the existing leases describes what is intended in 2014.
The Seventh Circuit and Illinois General Assembly agree: Strict compliance with the Illinois Conveyances Act not necessary for enforcing mortgages in Illinois By Kelly M. Greco April 2014 This article begins with an overview of the enforceability of mortgages in Illinois, and then examines the conflicting case law of the lower courts and the Seventh Circuit’s decision in In re Crane. Finally, the author discusses the legislative amendment to the Act in 2013 and how it affects real estate professionals moving forward.
The year in legislation By Samuel H. Levine July 2014 Legislation proposed and sponsored by the Construction Law Section.
“Zombie properties” are on the rise—but here’s how to kill the trend By Dory Rand June 2014 A property is considered a “zombie property” when a mortgage servicer files for foreclosure and then does not complete the process.