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It's Official – Institute Is Going Virtual!

Designed for real estate attorneys, agency owners and advanced closers, the Texas Land Title Institute continues to be the go-to educational resource for advanced title professionals working to master some of our industry's most complicated challenges. The TLTA Institute Committee has developed another outstanding program this year, and we look forward to bringing it to you in a virtual format.

NEW THIS YEAR: Participate in the sessions live at their scheduled time – complete with live chat, or watch them later on-demand (through Jan. 15, 2021).

Earn all of the accredited CLE needed for your annual MCLE requirements at the Texas Land Title Institute!

Continuing Education Credits (Full Program)

Attorneys – 14 hours MCLE credit; including 3 hours of ethics (pending)
Includes 1 hour MCLE self-study credit paper
Also approved for 14 hours in the area of Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. (pending)

Title Agents and Escrow Officers
– 9 hours General Escrow and 1hour Escrow Ethics (pending TDI approval)

– 14 hours CLE Credit (pending)
Allowed credit through the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division (pending approval)

Real Estate Brokers – 9 hours MCE credit (pending)
This course is real estate-related and has been approved by the State Bar of Texas for MCLE participatory credit. TREC will award up to 9 hours of Elective credit to real estate licensees. For MCE credit, you must submit to TREC a course completion certificate and a credit request form, which will be available during the course.


(start times are tentative and subject to change)
MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2020
8:30 AM  Your Title Policy – What “Insured” Means to Coverage
Ronald J. Dold, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, Houston
9 Short Form Policies
Ginny Abiassi, North American Title Insurance Company, Houston
What Is ALTA Up To? ALTA Forms Updates for 2021
Paul D. Pruitt, CTIP, Title Resources Guaranty Company, Austin
10 Updates: TREC, Title Examination Standards, Texas Survey Standards and Remote Notarization
Roland Love, Independence Title, Dallas
10:30 Insuring the Survey
Lisa M. Beville, JD, CPA, CTIP, Fidelity National Financial Family of Companies, Dallas
11 Break
11:15 Leased and Removable(?) Fixtures 
Brian J. Watts, First American Title Insurance Company, Irving
11:45 Decedents in Title – A Resource Guide
Bruce Goldston, Texan Title Insurance Company, San Antonio
12:15 PM
Water and Wind – How to Insure or Not
James L. Gosdin, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Houston
12:45 Case Update, Part 1
David A. Weatherbie, Cramer Weatherbie Richardson Oliver LLP, Dallas
TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2020
8:30 AM  Sick of Excuses: Your Contract and COVID-19
Jason Bernhardt, Winstead, PC, Houston
9:15 Deeds With Problems – A Case Law Review
Sara E. Dysart, Sara E. Dysart, PC, San Antonio
Key Pieces of Today’s Deed of Trust
Suzanne Frossard, Providence Title Co., Fort Wort
10:15 Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure
Josephine McGrath, Fidelity National Financial Family of Companies, Dallas
10:45 Collateral Transfers of Notes and Liens
Richard Melamed, Richard Melamed, PC, Bellaire     
11:15 Break
11:30 Bankruptcy Property Sales Gone Awry
Perry Cockerell, Perry Cockerell P.C., Dallas
12 PM What’s Love Got to Do With It? Community and Separate Property Issues in Title Examination
Michael S. Browning, Michael S. Browning, PC, San Antonio
Case Update, Part 2
David A. Weatherbie, Cramer Weatherbie Richardson Oliver LLP, Dallas
8:30 AM  The Texas Supreme Court Addresses Real Estate – The Last Ten Years
Paul J. McConnell, III, De Lange, Hudspeth, McConnell & Tibbets, L.L.P., Houston
9 When Urban Growth and 'Farm Livin' Collide
James D. Eggleston, Jr., Eggleston King, LLP, Weatherford
Closing the Construction Deal
MarJuana Bush Williams, MarJuana Bush Williams PLLC, Houston
10:15 What’s New on the Farm? Current Developments in Ag Law
Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, J.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Amarillo
11 Break
11:15 Wet Ink Signatures: The Lender's Perspective
Christina Jenkins, Sandler Law Group, Dallas
11:45 Ethical Considerations in Real Property Transactions
Andrew C. Cox, Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P., Dallas
12:15 PM
Data Security Breach Notification Statute
Kergin Bedell, Bedell Law, PLLC, Austin
12:45 2020: Is Fraud the Least of Your Worries? A Panel on Recent Fraud Schemes
Jordan M. Anderson, Stewart Title Company – Corpus Christi Division, Corpus Christi
Bradford W. Irelan, Irelan McDaniel, PLLC, Houston
Jerome Magana, Securance Specialty Insurance Services, Houston
Moderator: George Stablein, First National Title Insurance Company, The Woodlands

Thank you to our 2020 TLTA Institute Sponsors












Interested in sponsoring the 2020 Virtual Institute? Contact Linda Timmons.

Explore the Institute Legal Library

  • With access to more than 600 papers from 25 years of Institute programming, this online archive is an invaluable resource and an excellent research tool for anyone doing business in the title or real estate field.

  • Papers are easy to find, simple to download and ready to view. Search by keyword, year or specific presentations.

  • Topics include case law updates, closing problem spots, escrow liability issues and more.

  • Cost: $89 plus tax for members, $117 plus tax for nonmembers.

The legal library has been a valuable tool for me and is one of the best resources in the industry.  It’s extremely easy to navigate and I can immediately find information on just about every topic relevant to the Texas Title Industry. The best part is that the library grows annually with the most recent Institute papers so the information is always up to date

—Lynn Stillman, General Counsel, Title Resources Guaranty Company