Bulletin: NY000646

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Bulletin: NY000646

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V 1
Date: September 03, 2020
To: All New York State Agents, Office Counsel, and Managers
RE: COVID-19: Updates from Suffolk County Clerk and Richmond County Clerk

Stewart Title has been informed of the following updates concerning the Suffolk County Clerk and Richmond County Clerk’s offices.

Suffolk County Clerk:

Effective next week Suffolk County will be implementing a new procedure regarding title searching.

Appointments for examiners in Suffolk County will be made by the individual examiner which will replace the previous process of the county assigning the appointment. An email announcement regarding this change was sent to all registered examiners and a follow up email complete with details and the registration link will be sent this week by the County Clerk.

An examiner must have an access pass to make an appointment.  

Richmond County Clerk:

Richmond County has informed that they are holding all recorded documents since early 2020.

The date they will begin mailing back the R&R is to be determined. This delay is due to work shifts that have been adjusted/altered and the Richmond County Clerk wants to make certain that the quality assurance process is tight.  Requests for documents cannot be made at this time as they will not remove any documents out of sequence.

A status update is expected from the County Clerk by 9/14/20.

In the event you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Stewart Title Legal Department at 212-922-0050 and speak with any Underwriting Counsel.

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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:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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