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TEXAS Title Examination Standards

Texas Title Examination Standards

Purpose Statement

In 1989, the Council of the Section of Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law of the State Bar of Texas approved the formation of a committee to study the formulation and development of title examination standards. Through the newsletter of that Section, Section members were notified of the project. Lawyers from all parts of Texas responded evidencing their interest in working as active participants on this project. Subsequently, the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas asked to co-sponsor this project.


After substantial study of the use of title examination standards and many hours of drafting and meeting time, proposed standards were published for comment in 1996 in the newsletters of both of the sponsoring sections. Following the receipt of comments from lawyers across Texas, additional revisions were made by the committee (now the "Title Standards Joint Editorial Board") and the proposed standards were once again published for comment in the Spring of 1997.


At the State Bar of Texas Convention on June 27, 1997, 33 standards were approved by both REPTL and OGERL. The initial standards constituted the beginning of title examination standards in Texas. Under current procedure, the Title Standards Joint Editorial Board, appointed by these two sections, meets at least semiannually to consider amendments to existing standards and additional standards. As with these initial standards, amendments or new standards are presented to the membership of these two sections prior to formal adoption; however, the Board will make changes to the comments and cautions as needed. In keeping with this process, the Standards, Comments, Cautions, Sources, and Histories have been updated from the initial Standards.



Chair
MR. WILLIAM B. BURFORD
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
508 W WALL ST STE 444
MIDLAND, TX 79701-5060
Phone: (432) 683-4691 412
Fax: (432) 683-6518

bill.burford@kellyhart.com

Member
PROFESSOR OWEN L. ANDERSON
THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
300 TIMBERDELL ROAD
NORMAN, OK 73019-5081
Phone: (405) 325-5405
Fax: (405) 325-0389

oanderson@ou.edu

MR. DOUGLAS W. BECKER
CHICAGO TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY
270 N LOOP 1604 E STE 120
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78232-1269
Phone: (210) 482-3560
Fax: (210) 482-3564

doug.becker@ctt.com

MR. TERRY I. CROSS
4600 GREENVILLE AVE STE 126
DALLAS, TX 75206
Phone: (214) 329-1241
Fax: (214) 736-8746

terry.cross@mcclurecross.com

MS. CELIA C. FLOWERS
FLOWERS DAVIS
1021 E SOUTHEAST LOOP 323, STE. 200
TYLER, TX 75701-9607
Phone: (903) 534-8063
Fax: (903) 534-1650

ccf@flowersdavis.com

MR. H. MARTIN GIBSON

600 CONGRESS AVENUE, SUITE 2200
AUSTIN, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-4743
Dunelder@sbcglobal.net

MR. JAMES L. GOSDIN
3514 WATER LOCUST DR
SUGAR LAND, TX 77479-2836
Phone: (281) 980-0742
jamesleegosdin@gmail.com

MS. MARI C. HALEY
Law Office of Mari C. Haley
5939 W. RANCH ROAD 1431
KINGSLAND, TX 78639
Phone: (325) 388-3104
marihaley@att.net

MR. PETER E. HOSEY
JACKSON WALKER L.L.P.
112 EAST PECAN, SUITE 2400
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 228-2423
Fax: (210) 242-4610

phosey@jw.com

MR. G. ROLAND LOVE
North American Title Company
SUITE 130
8333 DOUGLAS
DALLAS, TX 75225
Phone: (214) 720-1020
Fax: (214) 265-7125

MR. JAN E. REHLER
GARY THOMASSON HALL & MARKS PROF CORP
320 INDEPENDENCE CREEK LN
GEORGETOWN, TX 78633-5314
Phone: (512) 864-2406
jepilot@aol.com

MR. GEORGE A. SNELL III
Snell Law Firm
2201 CIVIC CIRCLE, SUITE 508
AMARILLO, TX 79109-1843
Phone: (806) 359-8611
Fax: (806) 355-3339

george@gas3rd.com

MR. RODERICK E. WETSEL
STEAKLEY & WETSEL, LLP
207 OAK ST
P.O. BOX 78
SWEETWATER, TX 79556-4505
Phone: (325) 235-3999
Fax: (325) 235-3526

wetsel@wetsel-carmichael.com

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