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September 27 - December 31, 2017
SE MN PREP Chapter
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
MLTA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
MN PREP - Metro Chapter
Thursday, November 9, 2017
MLTA Basic Abstracting and Legal Descriptions
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
MLTA 2018 Convention
August 10-11, 2018



MLTA 2018 Convention - Save the Dates!
MLTA will hold its 2018 Convention August 10-11 at the Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, MN.  Our convention host is First American Title Insurance Company.  Information will be available soon. 

Reimagine Land Records - Join the Conversation
Legislative Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Section

The Legislative Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Section invites you to a “Listening Session” for Q&A on the issues, successes and stresses in the business of titles, survey, and land records.  The digital age is transforming how business is conducted, creating a wealth of digital data and information, and increasing demand for access to information in new formats. This is a good time to “reimagine” land records.  We will share information collected via Surveys sent to Real Property lawyers and County Recorders, sample some tech applications for land records, and use the  “Listening Sessions” to launch further collaborative research and recommendations.

Registration is free, but space is limited.  Location details are provided in the registration link.

Winona  October 9, 2017, 10am to 12pm
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reimagine-land-records-tickets-38251250520
Password: Winona Session

Bemidji  October 11, 2017, 2pm-4pm
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reimagine-land-records-tickets-38251524339
Password: Bemidji Session

Redwood Falls  October 16, 2017,  11am -1pm
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reimagine-land-records-tickets-38251827245
Password: Redwood Falls Session

Minneapolis  October 20, 2017,  11am-1pm - This session is full.  An additional Minneapolis session will be held October 30.  See below.
To register: Send an email to scarlson@mnbar.org
Event location: Minnesota State Bar Association, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 (City Center), Minneapolis

St. Cloud  October 24, 2017, 10am -12pm
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reimagine-land-records-tickets-38252084013
Password: St Cloud Session

Duluth  October 27, 2017, 12pm-2pm 
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reimagine-land-records-tickets-38252973674
Password:  Duluth Session

New Session
Minneapolis October 30, 2017, 12-2pm
To register: Send an email to scarlson@mnbar.org stating you wish to attend the October 30 Land Records session.
Event location: Minnesota State Bar Association, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 (City Center), Minneapolis

The Federal Trade Commission Issues a Consumer Alert
June 27, 2017

In response to recent advocacy efforts by Senator Al Franken, the Federal Trade Commission has issued the following consumer alert to let consumers know about the risks of mortgage closing frauds:   

It’s National Homeownership Month, and the FTC and the National Association of Realtors® want to remind you that scammers sometimes use emails to rob home buyers of their closing costs and personal information.

Here’s how the scam works: hackers break into the email accounts of buyers or real estate professionals to get information about upcoming real estate transactions. The hacker then sends an email to the buyer, posing as the real estate professional or title company. The bogus email says there has been a last minute change to the wiring instructions, and tells the buyer to wire closing costs to a different account. But it’s the scammer’s account. If the buyer takes the bait, their bank account could be cleared out in a matter of minutes.

If you’re buying a home and get an email with money-wiring instructions, STOP. Email is not a secure way to send financial information. Instead: Contact the company through a number or email address you know is real. Don’t use phone numbers or links in the email. Don’t open email attachments, even from someone you know, unless you’re expecting it. Opening attachments can put malware on your computer. If you’ve already sent money to a scammer, act quickly.

If you wired money through your bank, ask them right away for a wire recall. If you used a money transfer company, like Western Union or MoneyGram, call their complaint lines immediately.

Report your experience to the FTC and to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov. Report as soon as you can and give as much information as you can. If your bank asks for a police report, give them a copy of your report to ic3.gov. Learn more about protecting yourself from phishing and what to do if your email is hacked. If you gave your information to a scammer, visit IdentityTheft.gov.




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Wabasha, MN

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New Brighton, MN