Buying Real Estate in Montana

Introduction Even if you are an experienced buyer or seller of real estate, the laws governing real estate transactions in Montana can be perplexing. This article reviews general considerations to make before buying or selling real estate in Montana. The duties of a...

Exclusions & Exceptions to Title Insurance

Why are Exclusions and Exceptions to Title Insurance so important? The standard title insurance form used in whole or part by industry participants is the 2006 Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance produced by the American Land Title Association. The standard ALTA...

Special Exceptions to Title Insurance

Title insurance insures against risks incurred to title when you buy land. However, when you read through a title insurance policy, you’ll find that certain risks are not covered. These uncovered risks to title are colloquially called “special...

What is a Title Search?

[av_textblock size=’16’ font_color=” color=”] What is a Title Search? What is a title search? A title search is a report of the public documents record, typically performed by a title company, regarding a specific parcel of land. The search...

Title Insurance Basics

Introduction Title insurance insures risks associated with the transfer of real property. Imagine buying a home only to learn that somehow you don’t own the property. This occurrence can happen and, although unlikely, does happen . . . sometimes. Title insurance...

Chain of Title

Introduction “Chain of title” is the ownership history of a parcel of real property, from the first owner to the present owner. Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th Ed. p. 278 (2014). The chain of title for a parcel of land should go without interruption from the present day...

Buying Real Estate in Washington

Introduction Even if you are an experienced buyer or seller of real estate, the laws governing real estate transactions in Washington can be perplexing. This article reviews general considerations to make before buying or selling real estate in Washington. This...

Attorney-Client Relationship

Introduction The purpose of this brief article is to clarify when an attorney-client relationship exists, and what duties an attorney has to a client. This article will conclude with a discussion of when confidential communications with an attorney are privileged—and...

Legal Opinion vs. Legal Advice

Language used to describe legal services may be imprecise. Even attorneys sometimes use the phrases “legal opinion” and “legal advice” interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings. Black’s Law Dictionary defines a “legal opinion” as “[a] written document...

Buying Real Estate in Idaho

Introduction Buying real estate in Idaho can catch even the most sophisticated buyer unaware. This article reviews general considerations to be made before making a residential or commercial purchase in Idaho. If you are from California, note that Idaho law does not...