July magazine article reveals secrets to Legal Services’ growth

page 23 July magWhile Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance has been the most visible face of Illinois REALTORS®’ Legal Services for almost 22 years, she says teamwork has been a key part of helping association members during that time. Among those playing key roles is Jeffrey T. Baker, Transaction Helpline Attorney.

In the July issue of Illinois REALTOR®, Urbance credits numerous colleagues from Sorling Northrup, the association’s law firm, with providing answers for members’ questions. Read “Legal Services team uses Hotline, Helpline and more to reach members” to find out more about their colleagues, the resources they use and the way technology has helped them.

See a variety of photos from other REALTOR® events and activities, too. Read the July edition of Illinois REALTOR® magazine.

DR Legal News: HUD criminal background checks and legal case studies

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The July edition of DR Legal News is out, and this edition has a legal review of HUD guidelines for using criminal background checks for tenants; five legal case studies; and successes by the local GAD team in fighting proposed ordinances that would increase the cost of doing business and owning property in Illinois.

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NOTE: A link to an article on FAA drone rules and their impact on real estate is currently unavailable due to a server issue, but will be available as soon as possible. Illinois REALTORS® apologizes for the inconvenience.

Legal Webinar: Does your office have Errors & Omissions insurance?

Insurance Coverage and Products for Brokers - June 16, 2016An important question for Illinois REALTORS® is whether they are covered by Errors & Omissions (E & O) insurance. If so, they should not hesitate to ask insurance providers questions in advance of any claims, so they have a better understanding of their E & O policy. For example, are there circumstances under which the deductible might be waived?

The value of insurance providers as resources to REALTORS® was just one of the specific suggestions emphasized during the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar Thursday morning, “Insurance Coverage and Products for Real Estate Brokers.” Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker informed members about the major sections of the CNA policy endorsed by Illinois REALTORS®, and suggested members shop for E & O insurance or perform a review of their particular policy.

They also spoke about commercial general liability insurance and cyber liability insurance policies.

In addition to the insurance discussion, the webinar offered members:

  • recommendations from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about ways to avoid problems using information from criminal background checks when determining eligibility for rental housing;
  • a progress report on Federal Aviation Administration rules approval for commercial drone use; and
  • an explanation about the continuing requirements to protect non-public, private information (NPI) of your clients.

For more information on this member-only benefit, REALTORS® can log in and download the webinar or listen to the audio-only version.

Make time for the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar Thursday morning

Insurance Coverage and Products for Brokers - June 16, 2016

“Insurance Coverage and Products for Real Estate Brokers” is the featured topic during the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Space is limited for the WebEx meeting and members must login to join the webinar with Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Illinois REALTORS® Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker. If you have a question in advance of the webinar, you may submit it via email to webinar@iar.org.

Illinois REALTORS® who can’t participate in the webinar can access a recording within 48 hours of its completion at: www.illinoisrealtors.org/legal/webinars.

Make time for the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar June 16

Il REALTORS Legal Webinar

“Insurance Coverage and Products for Brokers” is the featured topic during the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16.

Space is limited for the WebEx meeting and members must login to join the webinar with Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Illinois REALTORS® Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker. If you have a question in advance of the webinar, you may submit it via email to webinar@iar.org.

Illinois REALTORS® who can’t participate in the webinar can access a recording within 48 hours of its completion.