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Poor Choice Of Words
by Robert Franco | 2008/04/03 |

I read short blurb on, under People and Changes, that made me chuckle this morning. It's one of those things that is probably accurate, but the choice of words here struck me as odd.

KEITH P. MERRITT, Merritt Law Offices, Lakeland, attended a three-day continuing legal education seminar with Attorneys' Title Insurance fund. He is now qualified to perform title searches and write Real Property Title Insurance with the Fund.

I don't know attorney Merritt, and I'm sure he is qualified in other ways as well. However, this brief summary makes it sound as though the only training or experience he has is the three day seminar. Perhaps one more sentence highlighting his other experience would have been a nice addition to this blurb. Perhaps the really important part of that last sentence is "with the Fund." Maybe this was the last remaining requirement to qualify him to write for Attorney's Title Insurance Fund - that would be much more likely. He may already be an agent with other underwriters and just attended the seminar to add Attorney's Title.

We have seen online training and one-day seminars that claim to train abstractors. We all know that such training is insufficient to qualify a person to be a title abstractor, but they are still out there. Could you imagine if the only requirement to become a title agent was a three-day seminar held by the underwriter?

Congratulations to attorney Merrit. I by no means intend to question his competence as a title agent. My only point here is that brevity is over-rated. Sometimes "less is more"... sometimes, less is just less.

Robert A. Franco

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Robert A. FrancoThe focus of this blog will be on sharing my thoughts and concerns related to the small title agents and abstractors. The industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years and I believe that we are just seeing the beginning. As the evolution continues, what will become of the many small independent title professionals who have long been the cornerstone of the industry?

Robert A. Franco



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