In Parrish v. Federal National Mortgage Association, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that when a defendant raises a bona fide question of the plaintiff’s title in an unlawful detainer/ejectment action before the General District Court, that court loses subject … Read More
Title professionals are familiar with the requirement to withhold 10% on sales of real property (including short-sales) by foreign nationals pursuant to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA).
Beginning on February 16, 2016, the percentage will increase … Read More
In a new opinion that merits review by anyone who underwrites title or defends title insurers in Virginia, a 6-1 majority of the Virginia Supreme Court held that Virginia Code sec. 38.2-209 requires that judges, not juries, make the determination … Read More
The opinion in Shevlin Smith v. McLaughlin provides a veritable cornucopia of rulings—15 assignments of error were considered!—that touch on important areas of legal malpractice and civil litigation that all practitioners should review. The case concerns a legal malpractice case … Read More
In Havilah Real Property Services, LLC v. VLK, LLC, et al., the D.C Court of Appeals recently addressed the merits of litigation and the privilege associated with the recordation of lis pendens in a lengthy dispute between Havilah and … Read More
In Bloom v. Beam (D.C.C.A. Nos. 13-CV-433 & 13-CV-484) the D.C. Court of Appeals held that a memorandum of lis pendens may not constitute slander of title, even if the underlying law suit fails, but that the trial court could … Read More
DC moves its technology forward to facilitate easy on-line filing.
Commercial property owners can anticipate receipt of notification from OTR that on-line filing
of Income and Expense forms is available. While online filing will be option for this year, it … Read More