Underwriting Seminar

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Underwriting Seminar

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Course Details
  • Category:Title Insurance Continuing Education Courses
    Registration Fee:Member $90.00 / Non-Member $144.00
    Sponsor:Indiana Land Title Association
    End DateN/A
    Program Level:Advanced
    Program Year:2017

    Danielle Kaiser, Regional Underwriting Counsel, North American Title Insurance Co., kicks off the program by using an authority checklist to analyze transactions involving corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships and LLCs.  Good standing, self dealing, foreign executions, general underwriting considerations and the execution of documents will be explored. Afterwards, Dena Farling, Vice President and Underwriting Counsel, Fidelity National Title Group, discussed estates, trusts and guardianships. Then, Elizabeth J. Wysong Berg, Northeast Region Underwriting Counsel, Agents National Title Insurance Co., delivered a lively presentation on divorce issues that arise when real property is transferred.  Next,  Beth Beech, Indiana State Underwriting Counsel, Associate Senior Underwriter, Stewart Title Guaranty Co., broke down commercial underwriting.  Finally, Mary Slade, Indiana State Underwriting Counsel, First American Title Insurance Co., and Heather R. Schuette, Vice President and Commercial Underwriting Counsel, First American Title Insurance Co., decoded ALTA endorsements. Finally, the speakers hosted a land access panel presentation.

  • Danielle Kaiser
    North American Title Insurance Co.

    Danielle L. Kaiser is Regional Underwriting Counsel with North American Title Insurance Company. Danielle provides underwriting support for agents in the Eastern region. Danielle graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with dual majors in finance and economics. Danielle went on to graduate from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. Danielle has earned the National Title Professional designation from the American Land Title Association. Danielle is a Past President of the Indiana Land Title Association and current chair of the Government Affairs Committee. Danielle is admitted to practice law in Indiana and is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Danielle resides in Westfield, Indiana with her husband Jason and golden retriever Derby.

    Elizabeth Wysong Berg
    Agents National Title Insurance Co.

    Elizabeth J. Wysong Berg is the Northeast Region Underwriting Counsel at Agents National Title Insurance Company. Prior to underwriting, Elizabeth was in private practice handling title claims on behalf of numerous title insurance underwriters. Elizabeth’s private practice also involved handling real estate transactions and litigation, property and casualty insurance defense, and estate work. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and is licensed to practice in the State of Indiana, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She is also an active member of the Indiana Land Title Association and Indiana State Bar Association.

    Mary Slade
    First American Title Insurance Co.

    Mary Slade began her career in the title industry as an Assistant Regional Counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company, Ticor Title Insurance Company, and Security Union Title Insurance Company in 1996 including underwriting, claims, and auditing in six states. She has worked as a State Counsel, Field Customer Service Representative and Regional Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty from 1999-2008. Opening Plunkett Cooney’s office in Indianapolis, Indiana offered the opportunity to return to her Indiana home and started her seven years in private practice as a real estate transaction and litigation attorney. Mary’s 20 years in the title industry continues with joining First American Title Insurance Company in 2015: she currently serves as the Indiana State Underwriting Counsel assisting customers and Indiana title professionals successfully achieve real estate transactions and related insurance needs. With her claims background and as a former deputy prosecuting attorney, Mary is also a member of First American’s Fraud Prevention Practice Group. Besides being a frequent accredited speaker on real estate matters, Mary is a current and former editor of ILTA’s Handbook and ILTA’s Education Committee Chair. Mary is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana, and is the Vice Chair of the Probate, Trust, & Real Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.

    Beth Beech
    Stewart Title Guaranty Co.

    Beth Beech is currently employed by Stewart Title Guaranty Company as Indiana Underwriting Counsel, Associate Senior Underwriter. She provides underwriting guidance to all agents of Stewart Title licensed to conduct business in the state, as well as Stewart Title’s Direct Operations, and is responsible for overseeing the Company’s underwriting guidelines for the state. Beth is a licensed attorney in Indiana and Ohio, and holds an inactive license for Illinois; and a licensed title agent in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. She previously practiced law in Ohio; transferred to Indiana in 1992 to work with a Fort Wayne Bank’s Commercial Loan Department to assist in the resolution of its troubled loan portfolio, including the supervision of a $50 million auction of commercial loans. In 1995 she accepted the position as President of the Bank’s northeast Indiana banking operation, which eventually merged into Wells Fargo Bank. Beth returned to private law practice in 2001, and opened her title insurance agency in 2005 in Northeast Indiana which was licensed in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. She joined Stewart Title Guaranty in April, 2016.

    Dena Farling
    Fidelity National Title Group

    Dena Farling has been employed by the Fidelity family of companies since 1993. She has held the positions of agency counsel, claims counsel, regional underwriter, commercial manager and direct operations manager for Chicago Title. Dena is currently Vice President and Underwriting Counsel for the Fidelity National Title Group based in Indianapolis – providing underwriting support for Agents of Chicago Title, Fidelity and Commonwealth. She was the 2013 President of Title Underwriters of Indiana, Inc. and is currently serving on the ILTA Board of Governors as the Chair of the Underwriter Section. Dena received her B.S. from Indiana University and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. She currently lives in downtown Indianapolis in a 1927 house with her two dogs, Reggie and Rhys. Her interests include animal rescue, gardening and home renovation.

    Heather Schuette
    First American Title Insurance Co.

    Heather R. Schuette began her career in the title industry while completing her law degree at the Northern Illinois University College of Law, and thereafter joined First American Title Insurance Company in 2004 as Claims Counsel. She then worked in the First American Title National Commercial Services Chicago office from 2007-2015, handling the underwriting of commercial transactions for properties located throughout the United States. Currently she serves as Vice President and Commercial Underwriting Counsel for First American Title, in the Commercial Agency Underwriting Group of its Corporate Underwriting Department, assisting full-service agents with the underwriting and coordination of national commercial transactions. Heather is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, and is an active member of the Illinois Land Title Association and former member of its Board of Directors.

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