What is Title Insurance?
Title insurance is issued after a careful examination of copies of the public records. But even the most thorough search cannot absolutely assure that no title hazards are present, despite the knowledge and experience of professional title examiners. In addition to matters shown by public records, other title problems may exist that cannot be disclosed in a search.
Here are just a few of the most common hidden risks that can cause a loss of title or create an encumbrance on title:
- False impersonation of the true owner of the property
- Forged Deeds, releases or wills
- Undisclosed or missing heirs
- Instruments executed under invalid or expired power of attorney
- Mistakes in recording legal documents
- Misinterpretations of wills
- Deeds by persons of unsound mind
- Deeds by minors
- Deeds by persons supposedly single, but in fact married
- Liens for unpaid estate, inheritance, income or gift taxes
Just like fire insurance, which protects you against losses from fire and Collision insurance that guards you against the cost of a damaged car, title insurance protect you against loss from claims against your most valuable asset, your real estate. Title insurance will pay for defending against any lawsuit attacking your title as insured, and will either clear up title problems or pay the insured's losses. For a one-time premium, an owner's title insurance policy remains in effect as long as you, or your heirs, retain an interest in the property, or have any obligation under a warranty in any conveyance of it. Owner's residential title insurance, issued simultaneously with a loan policy is the best title insurance value you can get.