Probate Administration of Homestead Property in Florida CE course approved in Florida

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This course discusses the complicated on often confusing topic of probate administration of homestead property in Florida. Included in the discussion are:

  • the determination of homestead property
  • intestate administration
  • testate administration
  • what to do if inheritance is disclaimed
  • and Creditors Rights

The course is presented by Victoria Behm, Florida Underwriting Counsel.

Lisa DelvecchioVictoria joined Stewart Title Guaranty Company in 2006 as Florida underwriting counsel. She spent over 20 years in the title insurance industry prior to attending law school at Stetson University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She spent the next seven years in private practice with a focus on contract law and real estate litigation while owning and operating her own title agency. She also taught real estate and paralegal courses at St. Petersburg College. As an underwriter, Victoria has lectured around the state of Florida on a variety of title-related topics. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the Florida Land Title Association.

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Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act CE course approved in Florida

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This course discusses

  • Changes in how FIRPTA is collected and remitted
  • Changes to Florida Realtor FLorida Bar contract
  • How changes effect title agencies
  • Terms associated with FIRPTA
  • Who is liable for FIRPTA Tax
  • When to Remit

 

The course is presented by

Lisa DelvecchioLisa Delvecchio, Esquire
Florida Underwriting Counsel
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
lisa.delvecchio@stewart.com
(813) 466-3844

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Ethics Course Approved in Florida

This course discusses business ethics in general giving examples of companies in the news who exemplify both good and poor ethical choices. More specifically it discusses ethical issues that title agents face on a regular basis. Including the ethical handling of a closing, the correction of documents, fiduciary responsibilities and document fraud.

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The course is presented by Lisa Delvecchio, Florida Underwriting Counsel.

Lisa DelvecchioLisa has recently joined Stewart Title Guaranty Company as Florida Underwriting Counsel.  Prior to coming to Stewart, Lisa was with a large national title company as Southeast United States General Counsel providing legal guidance to management, and the company’s team players and branches on a wide range of real estate and transactional matters.  She also oversaw the Florida Commercial Division and Operation Support Department.  Lisa was in private practice for 10 years and concentrated in civil litigation, including the defense of claims involving business and real estate matters prior to her previous employment.  She also practiced as title agent handling commercial and residential real estate transactions in the State of Florida.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management from the University of Central Florida.  Lisa is a cum laude graduate of the Stetson University School of Law.

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Florida Construction Lien Law CE course available in Florida

This course discusses the basics of Florida Construction Lien Law and the company’s underwriting guidelines. You will learn about:

  • Notice of Commencement
  • Notice of Termination
  • Claims of Lien
  • Tranwsfer of Liens to Bonds
  • Priority of Contract
  • General and Sub Contractors

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Presenter: 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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CFPB Reissues Guidance on Supervised Bank and Non-Bank Relationship with Third-Party Service Providers – Lexology

On October 31, 2016, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CFPB”) reissued Bulletin 2012-03 (Service Providers) to clarify certain aspects of the risk management program for service providers. The intention behind the release is to clarify that appropriate risk management can be accomplished through giving flexibility to supervised entities.

Source: CFPB Reissues Guidance on Supervised Bank and Non-Bank Relationship with Third-Party Service Providers – Lexology

CFPB Bulletin 2016-02 – Impact on Title Agents

In this new Bulletin, CFPB again reminds Lenders to secure specific documentation from third party service providers, i.e., tile agents. This is a restatement of the same message sent in a 2012 Bulletin. Title agents should be prepared to receive new requests for copies of written internal policies and procedures that demonstrate their ability to protect the lender’s customer’s NPI.

 

Source: CFPB Bulletin 2016-02 – Impact on Title Agents

Recent CyberSecurity Incidents Emphasize Importance of Cyberinsurance – Lexology

As the threat of cyberattacks continues to pose daily threats to businesses large and small, more companies have turned to cyber insurance products to shore up protection against these disruptive threats. A spate of recent incidents has highlighted the importance of taking steps to prepare for and mitigate possible damages. As such, healthcare entities have begun exploring Cyberinsurance as a method of aiding in better securing company data, as well as financial security.

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Enroll in a Fraud course or a Cyber Crime course and earn CE credits as you learn about cyber crime.

Cyber Crime in the Title Industry

3 credits

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The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center receives complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters. Since they began tracking scams in the late 2013, it has compiled statistics on more than 7,000 U.S. companies that have been victimized. The scam succeeds by compromising legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, Businesses of all sizes are targeted, and the fraud is proliferating. Title companies handle a lot of money through their escrow acccyber attackounts and are consequently a favorite target of cyber criminals. This course covers all the different types of cyber-fraud, how to recognize them, and how to protect your business against them.

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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: | Carlton Fields – JDSupra

Coverage: title insurer did not breach policy when insured sought defense and indemnity based upon quiet title action insured initiated to assert ownership over lot that was not included in description of property insured under policy – Krajewski v. Fidelity Nat’l Ins. Co., No. 1350 EDA 2015 (Pa. Super. Ct. May 11, 2016) (memorandum opinion affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer)

Source: Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 13 & May 20, 2016 | Carlton Fields – JDSupra

Court Rejects New Jersey Municipality’s Attempt to Unilaterally Extend Affordable Deed Restrictions on Condominium Units – Lexology

In a recent opinion, Society Hill at Piscataway Condo. Ass’n v. Township of Piscataway, Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Douglas Wolfson ruled…

Source: Court Rejects New Jersey Municipality’s Attempt to Unilaterally Extend Affordable Deed Restrictions on Condominium Units – Lexology