Update Regarding Title Report Showdown in Cuyahoga County

Article by: Lee Cuilli

Last November our office sent a bulletin advising of a dispute regarding title report endorsements that arose in Cuyahoga County. At that time, the Ohio Title Insurance Ratings Bureau announced a change to its policy regarding judicial title report forms and strictly forbid the use of title report endorsements previously used in Cuyahoga County.

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Recent Title Insurance Issue May Cause Foreclosure Delays in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Article by: Lee Cuilli

The Ohio Title Insurance Ratings Bureau (“OTIRB”) recently announced Preliminary Judicial Reports (“PJR’s”) used in foreclosure cases must adhere to its prescribed format. The OTIRB is an insurance rating bureau that includes among its members most title underwriters doing business in Ohio.

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Our Fees

Our fees are competitive and conform to industry standards. In most instances, the following fee arrangements are available:

1. Collection matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, but an hourly option is available and sometimes requested by clients who hold large balance claims. At a clients’ request, fees for collection matters can be billed on a per item flat fee basis for letters, pleadings, motions, and executions.

2. Uncontested foreclosures and related bankruptcy and eviction matters are most often billed on a flat fee basis according to the Fannie Mae guidelines. Contested matters, and counterclaims, generally require additional flat fee or hourly billing, subject to client approval;

3. Uncontested replevin cases are also handled on a flat fee basis. If the right to recover possession is opposed, the matter is converted to an hourly fee basis, upon client approval;

4. Mechanic’s lien matters are treated the same as replevin cases, unless they involve multiple properties, or otherwise relate to unusual subject matter;

5. Our firm is also pioneering the availability and use of alternative fee arrangements (“AFA’s”) for legal services that have traditionally been billed hourly. The availability of AFA’s is a product of our firm’s ambition to deliver legal services in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and help clients more effectively forecast and contain costs. AFA’s are available for an ever expanding range of matters, including litigation defense, discovery disputes, and appellate practice.