PA Ethics in Title course approved – 3 credits

Ethics in Title

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This course discusses 6 different topics related to ethics in the title industry.

Understanding Compliance
Compliance with laws and regulations is enforced by various state and federal entities.  We’ll talk about enforcement agencies, what can happen to violators and some of the trickier areas of compliance.

Confronting Pressure & Temptation
Pressure and temptation to bend the rules is more common that you may think.  It can come from obvious sources and, you’ll learn, from very subtle sources as well. The fiduciary role you play is crucial to maintaining the trust of customers, consumers and the general public.

Recognizing Fraud
Recognizing Fraud is more important today than ever before.  Ethical lapses, intentional or unintentional, can put everyone in the danger zone.  Fraudulent schemes are in the news nearly every day.  We’ll help you keep your eyes open for suspicious activities.

ALTA Principles of Fair Conduct
The ALTA Principles of Fair Conduct are part of ALTA’s Consumer Initiative.  Title industry professionals like you worked together to create the Principles and they’re a terrific guide for creating your own code of ethics.

Making Ethics Personal
Making Ethics Personal is really important.  Ethical behavior starts with each individual person, no matter what job they hold or what role they play in the company operation.  Personal and company ethics will help you as you face dangers in today’s risky marketplace.

Your Company’s Code of Ethics
Your Company Code of Ethics is the best tool you have to establish and maintain a truly relevant code that all of your employees can understand and actively apply every day.  You can use the ALTA Principles of Fair Conduct as a starting point.

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Survey Standards Course Approved in Pennsylvania

2 credits. Members of the American Land Title Association® (ALTA®) have specific needs, unique to title insurance matters, when asked to insure title to land without exception as to the many matters which might be discoverable from survey and inspection, and which are not evidenced by the public records. This course discusses the standards associated with those surveys.

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For a survey of real property, and the plat, map or record of such survey, to be acceptable to a title insurance company for the purpose of insuring title to said real property free and clear of survey matters (except those matters disclosed by the survey and indicated on the plat or map), certain specific and pertinent information must be presented for the distinct and clear understanding between the insured, the client (if different from the insured), the title insurance company (insurer), the lender, and the surveyor professionally responsible for the survey.

In order to meet such needs, clients, insurers, insureds, and lenders are entitled to rely on surveyors to conduct surveys and prepare associated plats or maps that are of a professional quality and appropriately uniform, complete, and accurate. To that end, and in the interests of the general public, the surveying profession, title insurers, and abstracters, the ALTA and the NSPS jointly promulgate the within details and criteria setting forth a minimum standard of performance for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.

A complete 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey includes:
(i) the on-site fieldwork required pursuant to Section 5,
(ii) the preparation of a plat or map pursuant to Section 6 showing the results of the fieldwork and its relationship to documents provided to or obtained by the surveyor pursuant to Section 4,
(iii) any information from Table A items requested by the client, and
(iv) the certification outlined in Section 7.

Gary KentGary Kent is Director of Surveying at The Schneider Corporation, a 42-year-old consulting firm based in Indianapolis providing solutions in surveying, GIS, 3D graphics, architecture, and civil, municipal and transportation engineering. A past-president of both ACSM and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Gary has a BS degree in Land Surveying from Purdue University and is registered to practice surveying in Indiana and Michigan. He is chair of both the NSPS/ACSM committee and the ALTA committee on the ALTA/ACSM Standards. He currently sits on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Land Surveyors and is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Purdue campus in Indianapolis where he teaches Land Survey Systems, Legal Descriptions, Boundary Law and Property Surveying.

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