Title Insurance Licensing Exam Training

04 Mar

Everyone in the title insurance industry recognizes that title insurance licensing exam training will be a hot topic this year. The PA Title Insurance Licensing Exam will be required of many in the industry.  This is driven by lenders and by the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices (http://www.alta.org/bestpractices/index.cfm )       James S. Tupitza […]

Home Improvement Consumer Protection Law (HICPA)

08 Jan

Home improvement contractors in Pennsylvania are subject to regulation. Homeowners often get confused about when the new law, known as the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”) applies.  Here is an excerpt from some Continuing Legal  Education materials we recently published that deals with this ACT. It is in outline form.  If you have more […]

Adverse Possession

23 Aug

1.  ELEMENTS          A claimant must prove actual, exclusive, visible, notorious, distinct and hostile possession of the land continuously for 21 years. 2.  STATUTORY BASIS       The statutory basis for adverse possession is 42 Pa. C.S. § 5530, which provides that an owner is barred from commencing an action for the possession of real property after 21 […]

Deed Out of Estate – Should I use a quitclaim deed?

11 Apr

QUESTION:     Should a decedent’s estate administrator use a quickclaim deed to transfer estate property to himself before transferring to heir.  Administrator does not want to leave the property in the name of the decedent who died 7 years ago  {asked from Philadelphia} ANSWER:  Let me beak you question into parts.  1) your role as administrator […]