Ethical Guidelines Pertaining to Forgery Prevention and Homestead Property – Florida CE

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Forgeries are foreseeable.  While they are not always preventable, in most every instance in which the signature on a document (deed, mortgage satisfaction or assignment, death certificate, etc.) has been forged, there is a particular circumstance which should raise the suspicion of a knowledgeable and alert title agent.  We need to act on those concerns and not proceed until we are convinced there is no risk of a forgery.


Barry Scholnik

Vice President / Florida Underwriting Counsel

A title industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Barry serves as vice president, underwriting counsel. After earning his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. from the University of Miami, he managed a title company in Palm Beach County and served as underwriting counsel for two national title insurance underwriters. Barry joined Stewart Title Guaranty Company in 1995 as state counsel for Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands before taking his current position.

Barry is admitted to the Florida Bar and belongs to the organization’s Title Insurance Committee and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section. He is a past president of the Florida Land Title Association (FLTA) and a former chairperson of the FLTA Insurers section. In 2011, he was honored by the FLTA with the annual Raymond O. Denham Memorial Award.

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