Bulletin: NY000180

Date:
December 22, 2000
To:
New York State Office Agents and Branch Managers
RE:
Reinsurance Procedures

Dear Associates:

This bulletin is being issued to remind you of the procedure to be followed for transactions where the Amount of Insurance requested exceeds Stewart Title Insurance Company's ("STIC") self-imposed retention limit of $13,000,000.

1. If the Amount of Insurance requested exceeds your office's underwriting authorization limit, a Policy Approval Form (available through the references section at the end of this bulletin) must be submitted to Company Counsel and signed off on prior to closing. If you have any questions concerning your office's underwriting authorization limit, please contact your Agency Representative or Company Counsel. Policy Approval Forms should be forwarded to the attention of James G. Hyland, Esq. at the address set forth above.

2. A Reinsurance Questionnaire (available through the references section at the end of this bulletin) must be completed and submitted to STIC's Reinsurance Department as far in advance of closing as practical so that the risk can be evaluated, the necessary internal approvals can be obtained, and the reinsurance can be placed in a timely fashion. Reinsurance Questionnaires should be forward to the attention of STIC's Reinsurance Assistant, Anne Minichino, at the address set forth below.

3. As soon after the transaction closes as possible, copies of the policies must be sent to STIC's Reinsurance Department so that the reinsurance agreements can be prepared and the agreements and policy copies can be forwarded to the reinsurers in a timely fashion.

4. Your office will be billed for the reinsurance costs incurred by STIC in accordance with the terms of the governing Underwriting Agreement. Prompt remittance of the amounts billed will be greatly appreciated. Of course, if you have any questions concerning a particular bill or bills, we would encourage you to contact your Agency Representative or STIC's Reinsurance Department without delay.

The procedure outlined above is also to be followed in cases where the Amount of Insurance requested is less than $13,000,000 but the customer nevertheless requests reinsurance.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None