An unpublished court of appeal decision refused to extend escrow responsibility to a non-party warehouse lender who provided no escrow instructions. The court also followed a recent decision that forged notes did not create any indebtedness under title policies because no money had been actually loaned to the purported borrowers. The court did not address whether the title policies were void because of the fraud of the insured or the issue of rescission of a title policy.
by Ryan C. Squire, Garrett & Tully, PC - October 2011
by JoAnne Dunec and Bill Shiber, Miller Starr Regalia - September 2011
by American Land Title Association - February 2010
by Arthur F. Coon and Kristin B. Peer, Miller Starr Regalia - January 2010
By: Richard G. Carlston and Ella K. Gower, Miller Starr Regalia - December 2009
by John Briscoe, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel - November 2009
by Lewis J. Soffer, February 2008
by Michael E. Dullea, George E. Hurley, Jr. and Christina R. Sansone - 2007
Reprint permission granted by CA Real Property Journal
Opinion one of only a few to address "sub-escrow" law in CA - by Stuart B. Wolfe, Wolfe & Wyman LLP, September 2006
The California Court of Appeal has upheld the cease and desist order issued by Insurance Commissioner Garamendi, against Radian, a mortgage guaranty company. April 4, 2005
By Lawrence Lacombe, January, 2004
By John MacMillan, 2000
By Robin Meadow, Esq.
By Lawrence E. Green and Elliot F. Smith
By Lawrence E. Green and Robin Meadow
By Lawrence E. Green
By Keith Turner, Esq. and Robert Ryan, Esq.
By Joseph C. Bonita
By Robin Meadow
The California Attorney General has issued an opinion (Opinion 07-704) that a county board of supervisors may adopt an ordinance requiring that the county surveyor, and not a deputy county surveyor, conduct public hearings and make initial determinations on tentative subdivision maps submitted for county approval, because the ultimate power to review tentative subdivision maps is vested in the board of supervisors.
The California Attorney General has issued an opinion (Opinion 06-802) that a county recorder does not have to obtain permission from local officials whose information might be transmitted over a limited access network.
(Bulletin 08/09-20 - August 7, 2008)
The State Attorney General’s Office released a legal opinion concluding that a parcel boundary map is required to be released to the public for copying and inspection and the assessor must provide. News Express, October, 2005
The repeal of Streets and Highways Code section 905 in 1961 did not cause counties to obtain fee title ownership pursuant to the presumption of Civil Code section 1105 to any county highway where the deed conveying the land under the highway was ambiguous with respect to the interest intended to be transferred to the county. July, 2005
The California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) has analyzed the revocable transfer on death deed, or beneficiary deed,as it is known in some jurisdictions, for possible adoption in CaliforniaNews Express, September 5, 2006