Bulletin: SLS2012003

Date:
January 23, 2012
To:
All Issuing Offices
RE:
2011 Bulletin Recap

Dear Associates:

Stewart Title Guaranty Company's Underwriting Manual, Bulletins and Special Alerts, together with other important information, instructional materials and commonly used forms, are contained in Virtual Underwriter, available online at www.vuwriter.com.

Please note the following recently issued Bulletins relating to topics of current concern:

 SLS2011003   Federal Estate Tax and the 2010 Tax Act

SLS2011004   Use of Prior Title Evidence (Starter) for Commercial Transactions 

SLS2011005   Disbursement Practices: Good Funds vs. Collected Funds 

SLS2011006   Gap Coverage and Reducing the Gap 

SLS2011007   Short Sale Transactions 

SLS2011010   Avoidance of Potential Conflicts of Interest 

SLS2011011   Hill-Burton Funds 

SLS2011012   Request for Approval (Overlimits) Form 

SLS2011014   Sales by Receivers 

SLS2011015   Check Fraud Involving Smart Phones 

SLS2011016   Fraudulent Release of Deed of Trust or Mortgage 

SLS2011017   Stewart Title's Forgery Watch Award Program 

SLS2011018   2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA / ACSM Land Title Surveys 

SLS2011019   Closing Instructions 

SLS2011020   Creditors' Rights Coverage for the Current Transaction 

SLS2011021   Freddie Mac Short Sale Affidavit Requirements 

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If you have any questions relating to this or other bulletins, please contact a Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriter.

For on-line viewing of this and other bulletins, please log onto www.vuwriter.com 

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