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New Update to the FinCEN GTO

We have spoken in the recent past about the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) geographic targeting order (GTO). This order requires title companies to gather and disclose certain information pertaining to the identity of the natural person(s) who make up a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) if they are purchasing a home without a mortgage (all  Full Article…


Talking Points Against Governmental Takeover of Title Companies and all Small Businesses

By Adam Leitman Bailey Title insurance work is labor intensive Title agencies’ labor-intensive search of the public property records includes the search of tax and judicial records by skilled title examiners that provides homebuyers and lenders the security they need to purchase and transfer real estate. Otherwise, the rampant fraud that exists would reach levels  Full Article…


Negotiating RPAPL §881 License Agreements

By Adam Leitman Bailey, John M. Desiderio, and Joanna Peck Feb 20, 2018 Adam Leitman Bailey John Desiderio and Joanna Peck discuss practical considerations for parties to consider when negotiating §881 licensing agreements, noting that although §881 was once described as a “little-used law” it is now required reading for all attorneys with developer clients  Full Article…


When Can Condo and Co-op Boards Fine the Owners and Residents?

January 30, 2018 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio review the authority given to boards of condominiums and cooperative corporations to impost and enforce respectively on condo unit owners and cooperative shareholder-tenants who violate building house rules. This article will review the authority given to boards  Full Article…