As discussed in my last post, I was one of the presenters at a National Business Institute seminar on “Oklahoma Title Law” recently in Oklahoma City. My presentation was a basic overview of Oklahoma title law. It was good for me to do the required review and preparation in order to present. Hopefully the presentation was of some help to others.
One of the best parts of doing live, on-site CLE is being able to connect with old friends and colleagues, as well as meet new people.
Another positive is learning from the other presenters, and I wanted to do a brief overview of some of the items the other presenters covered in this follow-up post.
One of the most helpful parts of the day was the update section by Dale L. Astle. He covered the key changes to statues, cases, and title examinations in 2012. It is hard as a practitioner to keep up with all the changes, so an annual update is important.
Perhaps the topic I knew least about going in was the section on surveys by Shaun Axton. One of the key concepts he focused on was the need for attorneys and surveyors (and others involved in real estate transactions) to communicate clearly. In particular, those ordering surveys need to know the various types of surveys and what type fits their situation and need to discuss the details with the surveyor to avoid confusion and conflict.
Michael L. Tinney presented two sections – one on curing defective title and one on ethics. I think it is especially helpful for practitioners from time to time to pause and consider the items that can potentially get them into ethical problems and/or malpractice suits. Mr. Tinney is an oil and gas title examiner, and it was interesting to hear from that perspective – particularly on things like the new oil and gas affidavit statute.
Russell A. Wantland closed the day discussing title insurance issues. I have had the pleasure of working with Russell on a number of projects, and they often center around a complicated or defective title and what solutions can be reached to make the deal work, whether through title insurance or otherwise.
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