Claims - Part
- Part 2
Defalcation, Defined by Webster as “to steal or misuse funds
entrusted to ones care; embezzle”. I don’t mean to bring up bad
memories, however as a point of information, I feel you need to know how
this happens and what we as an industry do to protect you and your clients
funds. If you recall there were a few cases of this kind of activity in Missouri in the
the fees paid for the title insurance product belong to the title company
for work done and risk assumed, however there is that little issue of
“ESCROW FUNDS”, the funds we receive and disburse relating to real estate
closings, or that we may be holding for a 1031 exchange transaction or some
other matter where we may be the one funds have been entrusted to hold.
have been cases where an individual Attorney, Title Company, or a Realtor
has in fact transferred those funds to their personal or business account
and used for other purposes with the intent of replacing it before anyone
in the deal had any knowledge of the act. However, the replacement of the
funds in some cases does not occur before that money is needed to finalize
a closing or disbursement. That is the simple definition or example of a
what does Benchmark Title do as a Title Insurance Company Agent do to
protect your money? Our operating system has some very strong built in
programs that can prevent a large amount of these functions from occurring,
but someone with adequate computer knowledge of the system and the
authority levels necessary can override some of those protections.
with that, our accounts are reconciled on a regular basis by an internal
accounting person that has no signatory authority on any of the accounts,
plus, each of those reconciliations is reviewed by an outside accountant
and ownership on a monthly basis. All of those accounts are also reviewed
and audited by each of our underwriters on an annual basis, date and time
unannounced. That translates to a reconciliation process almost daily, an
audit by underwriters a minimum of three times a year.
at Benchmark, have put in place multiple methods and procedures to give
you, our valued customer, and your client the comfort that your funds are
safe when entrusted to Benchmark Title.
always, “OUR GOAL IS TO EXCEED OUR CUSTOMERS EXPECTATIONS."
questions can be directed to Benchmark Title at 618-239-3750. Please feel
free to call or email:
Serving you from three convenient locations:
Shiloh, IL 62221
Escrow Fax: 618-239-3707
Title Fax: 618-239-3757
Fax Orders: 618-310-1589
President: John Howe
Columbia, IL 62236
4215 S. State Rte 159
Manager: Sara Sowell
Benchmark Title is celebrating our 10 Year
With 10 years of the highest quality of service, &
the most accurate product in the industry, we would like to say
Thank You for making us
Dates to Remember
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22 - Bring us a new order on these days
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Ceremony in honor of incoming Chairman of the Board, Doug Hartmann Jr. at Gateway Center,
Reception and Check-in at 11 am, Buffet Luncheon 12 pm, ceremony after
lunch. $20 per person. Please RSVP to the Association office by
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