The American Land Title Association (ALTA) offers several legal publications, which are some of the favorite research materials for land title professionals and counsel around the United States. The publications feature practical legal analysis valuable to title claims administrators, coverage counsel, title underwriters, agency managers, title examiners, state regulators, escrow officers and more.

ALTA partnered with renowned title industry attorney Bush Nielsen to continue publication of both the Title and Escrow Claims Guide and the monthly Title Insurance Law Newsletter.

Title & Escrow Claims Guide

Do you know the latest updates on title insurance legislation? Do you need advice on how to handle claims on land title insurance policies, closing protection letters, equitable subrogation and closing defects?

Published since 1996, the Claims Guide is the preferred research tool for land title claims administrators and retained counsel. This treatise is intended as a guide for the resolutions of disputes about title insurance policies, real estate escrow and closings, and related issues involving title insurers, title agents, approved attorneys and escrowees. This newest edition, the 2022 Title and Escrow Claims Guide contains 1,754 pages packed full of practical legal analysis and adds more than 100 court decisions new to the 2022 edition. New cases include:

  • The Ninth Circuit's judicial rewrite of the public records definition
  • Two powerful new mechanic lien coverage decisions
  • Several great and one bad decision on access rights
  • The lack of loss payable for phantom development rights
  • The real test for marketable title
  • Double escrows
  • A great decision voiding a CPL issued for a cancelled agent
  • Two thoughtful decisions on policy termination and successor insureds
  • The insurer's duty to defend covered counts only
  • Lack of policy coverage for torts committed by the insured about the property
  • The latest on the Nevada HOA decisions about endorsement coverage for post-policy assessments
  • Nuances about the Moskopoulos defense

The 2022 edition also contains a thorough analysis of the many new and revised terms of the 2021 ALTA Closing Protection Letters and ALTA Homeowner's Policy, adopted in April and July of last year, respectively. This edition also adds new commentary and research on the fundamentals of real estate titles, business entity theft and wire transfer phishing fraud. 

The Claims Guide includes form letters regularly used by title claims professionals. It is also a great educational resource for title companies to use when training new employees in title insurance claims, underwriting and title examination. You can purchase this book in the print or the digital version (the digital version includes a CD containing the form letters).

For more information please see the Table of Contents and a sample chapter.

Digital Single-user Member Price: $275 | Non-member price: $395
Printed Book Member Price: $279 | Non-member Price: $399

For Multi-user and Enterprise Licenses, please contact Carolina Perez at cperez@alta.org.

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The Title Insurance Law Newsletter

The Title Insurance Law Newsletter (TILN) has been the leading source of information about the current law affecting the land title industry from around the country since 1992. This monthly e-newsletter reports on the latest court decisions and developments related to the title insurance. The Title and Escrow Claims Guide and the Newsletter complement each other and are the best research materials for United States land title professionals and counsel.

ALTA's new and upgraded website access to the Newsletter provides you with full access to both current and historic TILN content, and we have further enhanced the subscription and enabled searching for content across the various TILN issues - allowing you to find the exact content that you need.

Curated especially for title agents, approved attorneys, underwriters, claim administrators and attorneys who practice in title insurance defense work or conveyancing disputes, the newsletter reports on cases addressing:

  • title insurance coverage
  • class actions and regulatory enforcement
  • escrow and closing duties
  • agent/underwriter disputes
  • conveyancing law
  • RESPA compliance and violations

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