Bulletin: VA2020002

Date:
March 20, 2020
To:
All Virginia Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Potential Clerk’s Office Closures Due To COVID-19 and Insuring Transactions

Dear Associates:

As the Commonwealth of Virginia seeks to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many state and local government offices are limiting physical access to the public. Several Virginia Court Houses and associated Clerk’s Offices and Recording Desks temporarily closed or otherwise stopped accepting documents for recordation. However, per Order of the Virginia Supreme Court, all Clerks’ Offices in Virginia were directed to remain open for purposes of processing and recording documents. The Order may be reviewed at: http://www.vacourts.gov/2020_0316_scv_order_declaration_of_judicial_emergency.pdf

Stewart Title Guaranty Company (“Stewart”) is committed to our partners and to providing solutions to allow agents to continue closing and insuring transactions. By now you should have received Bulletin SLS2020002 outlining Stewart’s national guidelines which will apply in the event physical or online access to the Clerks’ Offices is not available. Please familiarize yourselves with this bulletin.

Future changes in the status of recording offices will be available by clicking here.

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If you have any questions relating to this or other bulletins, please contact a Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriter.

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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:
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Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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