Bulletin: AR2010001

Date:
February 03, 2010
To:
All Arkansas Issuing Offices
RE:
Arkansas Code 23-103-413 Policy Holder Rights and Disclosure

Dear Associates:

In keeping with the recent revisions in Arkansas Code Section 23-103-413 this Bulletin is a reminder that you must include in your Commitment to a buyer of owner-occupied residential property the following language, to wit:

"Please read the exceptions and terms shown or referred to herein carefully. The exceptions are meant to provide you with notice of matters that are not covered under the terms of the title insurance policy and should be carefully considered. This report is a written representation as to the condition of title for purposes of providing title insurance and lists of all liens, defects and encumbrances filed of record within the last thirty (30) years that have not been released of record or that are not statutorily expired. No title insurance agent or other person other than a licensed Arkansas attorney may provide legal advice concerning the status of title to the property described in the title commitment."

As you will note, the statute directs that this language be located on the "first page in bold type" we recommend this language always be shown on the Schedule A of your commitment.

If you have questions related to this bulletin, please contact your local underwriting personnel or Stewart Legal Services.


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THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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