PRELIMINARY JUDICAL REPORT
Issued by Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Guaranteed Party Name ORDER NO.________________
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Pursuant to your request for a Preliminary Judicial Report (hereinafter "the Report") for use in judicial proceedings, STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY (hereinafter “the Company") hereby guarantees in an amount not to exceed $ __________________ that it has examined the public records in record title to the County, Ohio as to the land described in Schedule A, that the land is at the date hereof vested in ____________________ by instrument recorded in ________________ and free from all encumbrances, liens or defects of record, except as shown in Schedule B.
This is a guarantee of the record title only and is made for the use and benefit of the Guaranteed Party and the purchaser at judicial sale thereunder and is subject to the Exclusions from Coverage, the Exceptions contained in Schedule B and the Conditions and Stipulations contained herein.
This Report shall not be valid or binding until it has been signed by either an authorized agent or representative of the Company and Schedules A and B have been attached hereto.
Effective Date: ____________________
Issued By: _______________________
Signed By: _______________________
Authorized Signatory or Agent
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STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY
PRELIMINARY JUDICIAL REPORT
DESCRIPTION OF LAND
The matters shown below are exceptions to this Preliminary Judicial Report and the Company assumes no liability arising therefrom.
CONDITIONS AND STIPULATIONS
OF THIS PRELIMINARY JUDICIAL REPORT
1. Definition of Terms
"Guatanteed Party": The party or parties named herein or the purchaser at judicial sale.
“Guaranteed Claimant": Guaranteed Party claiming loss or damage hereunder.
"Land": The land described specifically or by reference in Schedule A, and improvements affixed thereto, which by law constitute real property; provided however the term "land" does not include any property beyond the lines of the area specifically described or referred to in Schedule A, nor any right, title, interest, estate, or easement in abutting streets, roads, avenues, lanes, ways or waterways.
"Public Records": Those records under state statute and, if a United States District Court resides in the county in which the Land is situated, the records of the clerk of the United States District Court, which impart constructive notice of matters relating to real property to purchasers for value without knowledge and which are required to be maintained in certain public offices in the county in which the land is situated.
2. Determination of Liability
This Report together with any Final Judicial Report or any Supplement or Endorsement thereof, issued by the Company is the entire contract between the Guaranteed Party and the Company.
Any claim of monetary loss or damage, whether or not based on negligence, and which arises out of the status of the title to the estate or interest guaranteed hereby or any action asserting such claim, shall be restricted to this Report.
3. Liability of Company
This Report is a guarantee of the record title of the Land only, as disclosed by an examination of the Public Records herein defined.
4. Notice of Claim to be Given by Guaranteed Party
In case knowledge shall come to the Guaranteed Party of any lien, encumbrance, defect, or other claim of title guaranteed against and not excepted in this Report, whether in a legal proceeding or otherwise, the Guaranteed Party shall notify the Company within a reasonable time in writing and secure to the Company the right to oppose such proceeding or claim, or to remove said lien, encumbrance or defect at its own cost. Any action for the payment of any loss under this Report must be commenced within one year after the Guaranteed Party receives actual notice that they may be required to pay money or other compensation for a matter covered by this Report or actual notice someone claims an interest in the Land covered by this Report.
5. Extent of Liability
The liability of the Company shall in no case exceed in all the amount stated herein and shall in all cases be limited to the actual loss, including but not limited to attomeys fees and costs of defense, only of the Guaranteed Claimant. Any and all payments under this Report shall reduce the amount of this Report pro tanto and the Company's liability shall terminate when the total amount of the Report has been paid.
6. Options to Pay or Otherwise Settle Claims: Termination of Liability
The Company in its sole discretion shall have the following options:
a. To pay or tender to the Guaranteed Claimant the amount of the Report or the balance remaining thereof, less any attorneys fees, costs or expenses paid by the Company to the date of tender. If this option is exercised, all liability of the Company under this Report terminates including but not limited to any liability for attorneys fees, or any costs of defense or prosecution of any litigation.
b. To pay or otherwise settle with other parties for or in the name of the Guaranteed Claimant any claims guaranteed by this Report.
c. To continue, re-open or initiate any judicial proceeding in order to adjudicate any claim covered by this Report. The Company shall have the right to select counsel of its choice (subject to the right of the Guaranteed Claimant to object for reasonable cause) to represent the Guaranteed Claimant and will not pay the fees of any other counsel.
d. To pay or tender to the Guaranteed Claimant the difference between the value of the estate or interest as guaranteed and the value of the estate or interest subject to the defect, lien or encumbrance guaranteed against by this Report.
All notices required to be given to the Company shall be given promptly and any statements in writing required to be furnished to the Company shall be addressed to Blank Title Insurance Company.
EXCLUSIONS FROM COYERAGE
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