CANADA

Residential Products for Legal Professionals

Strengthening and Enhancing Your Role in Real Estate Transactions

Stewart Title’s focus is on mitigating risk. We leave it to you, the legal professional who best understands the complexities of each transaction, to advise your clients and represent their interests.  We see our role as collaborative, not competitive, and work with you to streamline your practices and provide quality service to your clients.

 

We offer legal professionals the following products and services:

 

Residential Title Policies

Stewart Title’s residential policies provide protection against losses arising from covered risks, many of which provide coverage for matters that fall outside the scope of a traditional lawyer’s/notary’s opinion.  Obtaining title insurance on residential transactions reduces the off-title searches required and eliminates many factors that cause closing delays.  The benefits of our residential title insurance coverage combined with the cost and time savings it brings enables legal professionals to confidently include the use of title insurance as part of the sound legal advice provided to homeowners and lenders.

 

Policies are available for:

Homebuyers to protect and defend your client’s title to the property 
Lenders to protect the validity, priority and enforceability of the mortgage 
Existing homeowners who did not obtain a title insurance policy when they first purchased their  property

 

Our policies are available for all types of residential properties (e.g., residential dwellings up to six units, condominiums, vacant land, cottages, cooperatives, leased land, etc.) and are competitively priced and backed by solid underwriting expertise.

 

StewartPROTECT

StewartPROTECT is an optional endorsement called a Closing Protection Letter that is added to residential policies and covers insured homeowners and lenders for loss or damage due to errors or omissions by the legal professionals acting for them in the provision of legal services for the title insured transaction (e.g., improper advice concerning the terms of the agreement of purchase and sale).

 

With StewartPROTECT, when a matter is covered, insureds need not pursue a claim against their lawyer or notary and can instead look for compensation under the title insurance policy.  This coverage is available for properties located in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.

 

Assyst Real Estate

In partnership with TELUS, we offer the Assyst Real Estate platform which enables your office to electronically exchange instructing, reporting and other mortgage data with top Canadian lenders. Assyst helps reduce repetition, increase accuracy and simplifies working and communicating with lenders. Assyst is integrated with third-party conveyancing platforms commonly used by the legal community.*

 

Search Services

In partnership with ESC Corporate Services Ltd., Stewart Title offers a competitively priced off-title Search Services solution to streamline due diligence efforts.  Through this service, legal professionals use a one-stop, online portal that pulls data from a national index and presents search results accurately, securely and in a timely manner.**

 

Our People Make the Difference

From our client care team to our software support or claims departments, our associates value their relationship with you and are ready to respond to your questions and assist with your requirements. Our underwriters are highly specialized and experienced lawyers and law clerks who provide underwriting solutions to help close deals on time. Our business development managers understand the needs of the profession and their individual clients. Together, they work alongside you to enhance the real estate closing process and provide your clients with competitive and comprehensive coverage, as well as exceptional service.

 

Education Sessions

Stewart Title offers complimentary educational sessions for legal professionals.  These seminars cover a variety of subjects, all designed to enhance your practice and keep you informed of the latest industry developments.  In some provinces, many of our educational programs qualify for continuing education credits.

 

Our Claims Commitment

Your clients can count on us to resolve claims in a professional manner. Our experience, combined with a practical, results-oriented approach, ensures that we deal with each claim in a timely manner. Claims can be submitted online, by fax or by mail.  Read more about our claims experience and financial strength.

 

Our integrity and innovations such as these make us the preferred underwriter for title insurance policies ordered by lawyers and notaries in Canada.

 

Contact us for additional information.

 

*For clients in the Province of Quebec, click here for inquiries related to Assyst Real Estate.

 

**Search Services is currently available in all Provinces excluding Québec.

 

This website is intended to provide information that is of a general nature and is subject to modification. Coverage and requirements can vary depending on the location of the property involved. Please review your actual Stewart Title policy for full coverage details.

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