The American Land Title Association (ALTA) offers several legal publications, which are some of the favorite research materials for land title professionals and counsel around the United States. The publications feature practical legal analysis valuable to title claims administrators, coverage counsel, title underwriters, agency managers, title examiners, state regulators, escrow officers and more.

Eight years ago, ALTA partnered with renowned title industry attorney Bush Nielsen to continue publication of both the Title and Escrow Claims Guide and the monthly Title Insurance Law Newsletter.

The 2021 Title & Escrow Claims Guide

Do you know the latest updates on title insurance legislation? Do you need advice on how to handle claims on land title insurance policies, closing protection letters, equitable subrogation and closing defects?

Published since 1996, the Claims Guide is the preferred research tool for land title claims administrators and retained counsel. This newest edition, the 2021 Title and Escrow Claims Guide contains 1,744 pages packed full of practical legal analysis and adds more than 150 court decisions new to the 2020 edition. New cases include an unrecorded map that made title unmarketable, mechanics’ lien coverage, limited access rights and policy coverage, Native American treaty rights that invoke coverage, concealment of risk by a proposed insured, double escrows, the survey exception, policy termination, coverage for land not insured in the policy, the impact of an insured's trespass and verbal abuse of a neighbor, and endorsement coverage for post-policy liens that relate back.

The 2021 edition also adds new commentary and research on the PACA-PSA Trust threat, fundamentals of real estate titles, business entity theft and wire transfer fraud through phishing.

The Claims Guide includes form letters regularly used by title claims professionals. It is also a great educational resource for title companies to use when training new employees in title insurance claims, underwriting and title examination. You can purchase this book in the print or the digital version (the digital version includes a CD containing the form letters).

For more information please see the Table of Contents and a sample chapter.

Member Price: $200 | Nonmember Price: $300

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The Title Insurance Law Newsletter

The Title Insurance Law Newsletter has been the leading source of information about current law affecting the land title industry from around the country since 1992.

This monthly e-newsletter reports on important laws addressing title insurance coverage, class actions and regulatory enforcement, closing protection letters, escrow and settlement duties, agent/underwriter disputes, conveyancing law, RESPA and TILA compliance and violations. Please see a sample newsletter.

To purchase this publication, if you have further questions or if you would like assistance logging into our website please contact Carolina at cperez@alta.org.

The legal publications are offered to ALTA members and non-members. ALTA members get a discounted price.

Member Price: $200 | Nonmember Price: $300

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