Homestead Law CE course available in Florida

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The Florida Constitution exempts homestead property from levy and execution by judgment creditors. Florida courts have liberally expanded definitions of homestead pro perty which includes more than just a single family house. Condominiums, manufactured homes, and mobile homes are also afforded homestead protection. The Constitution defines homestead as one’s principal place of residence up to one-half acre within a municipality and up to 160 contiguous acres in any county in Florida This course explains in detail the Homestead law and it’s implicatins for Title Insurance

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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.

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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Power of Attorney Act CE course available in Florida

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This course discusses all aspects of the use of a Power of Attorney in a real estate transaction. It includes the termination of a Power of Attorney, the authority of a Power of Attorney, statutory protections and the recording of Powers of Attorney. It includes scenarios of the use of a Power of Attorney the acceptance of a 3rd party Power of Attorney.

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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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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Claims Avoidance course available in Florida

Barry Scholnik discusses various issues that typically cause claims.  He covers foreclosures,

  • Categories of Claims
  • Foreclosures
  • HELOCS,
  • Homestead Law
  • Legal Descriptions

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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Claims Avoidance CE course available in Florida

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Barry Scholnik discusses various issues that typically cause claims.  He covers:

  • Categories of Claims
  • Foreclosures
  • HELOCS,
  • Homestead Law
  • Legal Descriptions

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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Business Entities CE course available in Florida

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The basis of the title insurance industry is insuring the validity and priority of written documents. A typical real estate transaction involves several layers of written instruments: the sales contract, deed, mortgage, and closing statement. Because a title insurance policy insures the validity and priority of documents such as deeds and mortgages that are executed by individuals on behalf of entities, it is important that a title agent and escrow officer understand who has the power to bind a business entity and who can execute these documents on behalf of business entities in order to have an insurable transaction. These materials address the main types of business entities that you will see involved in real estate transactions and the issues raised by each different type of entity.

  • Organizational and Authority Documentation
  • Sales of Entity Interests vs. Sale of Real Property – Leveraged Buyout
  • Additional issues and concerns associated with deals involving corporations

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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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