Bulletin: WA000052

Date:
February 08, 2002
To:
All Issuing Offices in Washington
RE:
Recorded Judgments

Dear Associates:

Our owner's policy was issued without taking an exception to a judgment against the former owner because said judgment from another county was only recorded with the county recorder and not abstracted and filed with the county clerk pursuant to statute.

We were forced to buy the judgment and protect our insured when the judgment creditor threatened to execute on said judgment. The creditor was able to do this under an appellate court case as reported in 85 Wa App 580 and 933 Pac 2nd 1084, April 7, 1997, herein recited in part:


Court of Appeals: Holding that the judgment creditor's lien on homestead property was perfected at the time the judgment was recorded with the county auditor...


This is a change from past court decisions but is consistent with the Washington homestead statute.

Therefore, whenever we find a judgment in our title search, if the judgment is filed with a county clerk or recorded with a county auditor, said judgment should be shown as an exception in Schedule B of the commitment and/or policy.

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:
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Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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