Title Insurance & Settlement Services

Overview


Wendel Rosen's attorneys bring more than 25 years of experience to the title insurance and settlement services area. The firm regularly represents state and national title insurance companies and their insureds (both property owners and lenders), underwritten title companies, and independent escrow companies in a variety of claims, litigation and other legal matters, including the following:

  • Title insurance claims evaluation and coverage opinions
  • Real estate title issues and disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Easement and access issues
  • Competing priority disputes between mortgagees and other lien holders
  • Mechanic's lien and stop notice claims and litigation
  • Judicial and non-judicial foreclosures
  • Escrow procedures and liability
  • Mortgage broker practices and claims


In addition, Wendel Rosen's attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience involving matters before the Commissioner of California Department of Insurance, including:

  • Licensing - obtaining a License to Act as an Underwritten Title Company
  • Changes of Ownership - obtaining Insurance Commissioner's Consent to Transfer of Underwritten Title Company shares
  • Adding or deleting counties of operation - obtaining a Reissued License to Act as an Underwritten Title Company
  • Actual or threatened enforcement actions - representing companies and shareholders regarding allegations of unlawful rebates commissions, so-called "controlled or affiliated  business arrangements" and  Real Estate Settlement Practices Act or "RESPA"
  • Underwritten Title Company Receiverships - representing underwriters, creditors, and guarantors


Attorneys
  • Epstein, Mark D.
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  • Israels, Sidney A.
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  • Laufenberg, Peter J.
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  • Tsubota, Dana C.
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