Bender, Larson, Chidley, Koppes & Associates, S.C. (d/b/a Security Title & Closing Services, LLC) is a member of Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.. Attorney Allen Larson has been a member of ATG since 1999.
Founded in 1964, ATG member agents are practicing attorneys throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. ATG is widely known as an advocate for lawyers and the clients they serve.
As ATG members, we offer the products, services, and tools needed to service our clients, and to offer a higher level of care over our competitors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Title?
Before you understand title insurance, you need to understand what a title is. Basically, a title is a term that includes all of your legal rights to own, use and sell a piece of land. The title reflects all previous ownerships and transfers, including rights previously granted by other parties, such as mortgages and easements.
If there are problems with the title, the ownership of your land could be in question. Unpaid taxes, a lien (which is an unpaid claim) filed by someone who worked on the house, or any of countless other situations could cause a major problem. And even if you don’t get the land, you might still be responsible for the mortgage! That’s why it’s important to have title insurance.
Q: What is Title Insurance?
It is insurance against undisclosed problems with the title, and it protects you against financial loss due to title defects, liens or other matters of public record. Title insurance will defend you against a lawsuit attacking your title, or reimburse you for the actual money lost.
Before a policy is issued, we conduct an in-depth research to detect, prevent, and eliminate risks and losses caused by title problems. We do this by searching public records to develop and document the chain of title to the property and by identifying all outstanding claims.
For a one-time premium, owner’s title insurance policy will remain in effect for as long as you own the property.
Your mortgage lender will also require a title insurance policy. The lender’s policy protects the lender against any title problems that may affect repayment of the loan. The owner’s policy and the lender’s policy are two different policies, and the one-time premiums for both are usually paid by the home buyer and seller, respectively. In a few states, the home seller pays for the owner’s policy.
If you have a questions about this, please contact us either via our contact form or at (920) 212-3400.
Q: What can Security Title & Closing Services, LLC do for you?
- Prepare the closing statements
- Draft the deed and transfer tax form
- Pro-rate taxes
- Calculate mortgage payoffs
- Obtain special assessment and tax data
- Calculate any outstanding bills (i.e., electrical repair, painting)
- Issue title insurance policy
Q: What other services are provided?
We also offer our clients the following services:
- Attend the closing with you whether it is in our offices or at another location;
- File/record proper documents at the courthouse in a timely manner;
- Conduct closings for lenders;
- Provide settlement services;
- Attorney review all title insurance commitments and searches.