Bulletin: NY000640

Date:
March 19, 2020
To:
All New York State Agents, Office Counsel, and Managers
RE:
NY Recording Office Closures in light of COVID-19

Your team at Stewart Title Insurance Company is continually making calls, checking websites and taking information from the field to maintain an up-to-the-minute list of service closures and limitations at the 62 County Clerks of New York State.  We believe our list to be as contemporary as humanly possible. However, this list has changed several dozen times over the course of the day, and the information contained in any published list would, at this point, become outdated too quickly to be of use.  Stewart Title Insurance Company’s Underwriting Counsel are working remotely and remain available to answer all questions.  If you have a transaction that is closing in a county where the Clerk’s offices might be closed, or might close before funding the transaction, or are otherwise limiting services, please contact Stewart Title Insurance Company’s Underwriting Counsel for guidance on how to proceed. Above all, please stay safe, and continue to take measures to protect yourself, your co-workers and your families.

In the event you have any questions regarding the above please contact Stewart Title Legal Department at 212-922-0050 and speak with any Underwriting Counsel.

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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:
None
Related Bulletins:
NY000637 Recording Offices Closed Because of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
 
NY000638 Surrogate’s Court Closures
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None