Bulletin: SC2019005

Date:
September 03, 2019
To:
All South Carolina Issuing Offices
RE:
GENERAL - HURRICANE DORIAN CLOSING PROCEDURES

Dear Associates:

Due to the path of Hurricane Dorian, many South Carolina courthouses are already closed and will remain closed until further notice. Some will close later this week.

The Supreme Court has issued an order that states:

“[A]ll county and municipal employees working within the Unified Judicial System … should follow the decisions made by the respective county or municipal government officials in regards to office delays or closings as a result of this inclement weather. Because weather conditions may vary throughout the state, all state judicial officers and employees should follow the decisions made by their respective county government officials regarding office delays or closings (emphasis original).”

This order covers Registers of Deeds as well as Clerks of Court. Many lenders and banks are still open however.

Many people had closings last Friday, and some have closings today or tomorrow in the affected counties and are or will be unable to record. If this is the case, Stewart will still insure the transactions and the gap during this time. We simply ask that you have the documents at the courthouse at the first possible moment upon re-opening for recording.

From the entire South Carolina staff, please be safe during the hurricane!

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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.

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