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Pennsylvania Title Insurance Company

Pennsylvania Title Insurance

Why Title Insurance in Pennsylvania

Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. And there are few things in life more important than protecting it.


Before you can close on your property a title search will be done to review the records concerning it. This is to ensure that the title is clear and without any encumbrances or defects. You will then be given the option to purchase title insurance.

Unfortunately, many people don’t understand just how important this is - or even what it is. Combined with the extra cost it brings at closing, some buyers even decline the title insurance coverage. And this can lead to big consequences down the road.


The following matters are examples of why you need title insurance. Remember that the best title examination or search cannot protect your equity and home from matters not appearing in the public records. However, title insurance* can protect you from:

  • Documents executed under false, revoked or expired powers of attorney

  • False impersonation of the true land owner

  • Undisclosed heirs

  • Improperly recorded legal documents

  • Prescriptive rights in another not appearing of record and not disclosed by survey

  • Failure to include necessary parties to certain judicial proceedings

  • Defective acknowledgments due to improper or expired notarization

  • Corporate franchise taxes as liens on corporate real estate assets

  • Gaps in the chain of title

  • Mistakes and omissions resulting in improper abstracting

  • Improper modification of documents

  • Rights of divorced parties

  • Conveyances in violation of public policy

  • Misinterpretation of wills and ancillary instruments

  • Deeds by persons falsely representing their marital status

  • Claims by creditors of decedent against property improperly conveyed by heirs and devisees

  • Issues concerning unlawful takings by eminent domain or condemnation

  • Special tax assessments

  • Real estate homestead exceptions

  • Forfeitures of real property due to criminal acts

  • Forged deeds, mortgages, wills, releases of mortgages and other instruments

  • Deeds by minors

  • Deeds which appear absolute, but which are held to be equitable mortgages

  • Conveyances by an heir, devisee or survivor of a joint estate who attempts to attain title by ill-gotten means

  • Inadequate legal descriptions

  • Conveyances by undisclosed divorced spouses

  • Duress in execution of wills, deeds and instruments conveying or establishing title

  • Issues involving delivery of conveyancing instruments

  • Deeds and wills by persons lacking legal capacity

  • State inheritance and gift tax liens

  • Errors in tax records

  • Demolition and substandard building liens

  • Administration of estates and probate of wills of missing persons who are presumed deceased

  • Issues of rightful possession of the land

  • Issues concerning the rightful conveyances by corporate entities

  • Deeds and mortgages by foreigners who may lack legal capacity to hold title

  • Legal capacity of foreign personal representatives and trustees

  • Issues involving improper marital status

  • Issues concerning adoption of children

  • Conveyances and proceedings affecting rights of military personnel protected by the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act

  • Issues concerning interests noted in financial statements filed under Uniform Commercial Code

  • Interests arising by deeds of fictitious parties

  • Adverse possession

  • Lack of jurisdiction or competency of persons in judicial proceedings

  • Community property issues

  • Utility easements

  • False affidavits of death or heirship

  • Intestate estates

  • Probate matters

  • Federal estate and gift tax liens

*Subject to certain limitations set forth in the policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a title?
    Simply stated, the title to a piece of property is the evidence that the owner is in lawful possession of that property.
  • What is title insurance?
    Title insurance protects real estate owners and lenders against any property loss or damage they might experience because of liens, encumbrances or the defects in the title to the property. Each title insurance policy is subject to specific terms, conditions, and exclusions.
  • How does title insurance differ from other insurance?
    Insurance such as a car, life, health, etc. protects against potential future events and is paid for with monthly or annual premiums. A title policy insures against events that occurred in the past of the real property and the people who owned it, for a one-time premium paid at the close of the escrow.
  • What does title insurance cover?
    Title insurance protects against claims from defects. Defects are things such as another person claiming ownership interest, improperly recorded documents, fraud, forgery, liens, encroachments and other items that are specified in the actual policy.
  • Who needs title insurance?
    Purchasers and lenders need title insurance in order to be insured again various possible title defects. The buyer, seller, and lender, all benefit for the issuance of title insurance.
  • How is a title policy created?
    After the escrow office or lender opens the title order, Liberty Land Transfer begins a title search. A Preliminary Report is issued to the customer for review and approval. All closing documents are recorded upon escrow’s instruction. When recording has been confirmed, demands are paid, funds are disbursed, and the actual title policy is created.
  • What is escrow?
    Escrow refers to the process in which the funds of a transaction (such as the sale of a house) are held by a third-party, often the title company or an attorney in the case of real estate, pending the fulfillment of the transaction.
  • What are the policy types?
    A standard policy insures the new owner/home buyer, and a lender’s policy insures the priority of the lenders security interest.

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