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DAR File No. 32526

This filing was published in the 05/01/2009, issue, Vol. 2009, No. 9, of the Utah State Bulletin.

Insurance, Title and Escrow Commission

R592-8

Application Process for an Attorney Exemption for Title Agency Licensing

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE

DAR File No.: 32526
Filed: 04/14/2009, 02:20
Received by: NL

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purposes of this new rule are: 1) to delegate to the Insurance Commissioner preliminary approval or denial of a request for exemption; 2) to provide a description of the types of real estate experiences that could be used by an attorney seeking to qualify for the exemption; 3) to provide a process to apply for a request for exemption; and 4) to provide a process to appeal a denial of a request for exemption.

Summary of the rule or change:

This rule delegates authority to the Insurance Commissioner to do preliminary approval or denial of a request for exemption. The rule provides a description of real estate experience that may be used to qualify for the exemption and a process to request an exemption. The rule also provides for due process by providing a process to appeal a denial of a request for exemption. (DAR NOTE: A proposed repeal of the current Rule R592-8 is under DAR No. 32546 and will be published in the May 15, 2009, issue of the Bulletin.)

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

Sections 31A-2-404, 31A-23a-204, 31A-1-301, 31A-2-308, 31A-2-402, and 31A-23a-102

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

The anticipated workload is less than 20 requests for exemption per year. This minimal workload will be absorbed by the Insurance Commissioner's individual licensing staff without impacting the state budget.

local governments:

There is no cost to local government because local government is not involved in the licensing of title insurance agencies.

small businesses and persons other than businesses:

There is no cost to small business or individuals other than the minimal costs associated with requesting an exemption.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no compliance costs to affected persons other than the minimal costs associated with requesting an exemption.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

There is no fiscal impact on businesses. D. Kent Michie, Commissioner

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Insurance
Title and Escrow Commission
Room 3110 STATE OFFICE BLDG
450 N MAIN ST
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84114-1201

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

06/02/2009

This rule may become effective on:

06/09/2009

Authorized by:

Jilene Whitby, Information Specialist

RULE TEXT

R592. Insurance, Title and Escrow Commission.

R592-8. Application Process for an Attorney Exemption for Title Agency Licensing.

R592-8-1. Authority.

This rule is promulgated by the Title and Escrow Commission pursuant to Section 31A-2-404 which authorizes the Commission to make rules for the administration of the provisions in this title related to title insurance and Section 31A-23a-204 which authorizes the Commission to make a rule to exempt attorneys with real estate experience from the three year licensing requirement to license a title agency.

 

R592-8-2. Purpose and Scope.

(1) The purposes of this rule are:

(a) to delegate to the Commissioner preliminary approval or denial of a request for exemption;

(b) to provide a description of the types of real estate experience that could be used by an attorney seeking to qualify for the exemption;

(c) to provide a process to apply for a request for exemption; and

(d) to provide a process to appeal a denial of a request for exemption.

(2) This rule applies to all attorneys seeking an exemption under the provisions of 31A-23a-204.

 

R592-8-3. Definitions.

In addition to the definitions of Sections 31A-1-301, 31A-2-402 and 31A-23a-102, the following definitions shall apply for the purposes of this rule:

(1) "Attorney" means a person licensed and in good standing with the Utah State Bar.

(2) "Real estate experience" includes:

(a) law firm transactional experience consisting of any or all of the following:

(i) real estate transactions, including drafting documents, reviewing and negotiating contracts of sale, including real estate purchase contracts (REPC), commercial transactions, residential transactions;

(ii) financing and securing construction and permanent financing;

(iii) title review, due diligence, consulting and negotiations with title companies, researching and drafting opinions of title, coordinating with title companies, pre-closing;

(iv) zoning, development, construction, homeowners associations, subdivisions, condominiums, planned unit developments;

(v) conducting closings; and

(vi) estate planning and probate-related transactions and conveyances.

(b) law firm litigation experience consisting of any or all of the following:

(i) foreclosures;

(A) judicial and non-judicial;

(B) homeowner association (HOA) lien foreclosure;

(ii) either side of homeowner vs HOA litigation;

(iii) state construction registry litigation - mechanics lien filing and litigation;

(iv) real estate disputes or litigation involving:

(A) a real estate contract;

(B) a boundary line;

(C) a rights of way and/or easement;

(D) a zoning issue;

(E) a property tax issue;

(F) a title issue or claim;

(G) a landlord/tenant issue; and

(F) an estate and/or probate litigation involving real property assets, claims, and disputes.

(c) non-law firm experience consisting of any or all of the following:

(i) real estate agent, broker, developer, investor;

(ii) mortgage broker;

(iii) general contractor;

(iv) professor or instructor teaching real estate licensing, real estate contracts, or real estate law;

(v) lender involved with any or all of the following real estate lending activities:

(A) lending;

(B) escrow; or

(C) foreclosure;

(vi) private lender;

(vii) in-house counsel involved in real estate transactions for bank, mortgage lender, credit union, title company, or title agency;

(viii) employment with or counsel to a government agency involved in regulation of real estate, such as HUD, FHA, zoning, tax assessor, county recorder, insurance department, and Federal or state legislatures;

(ix) escrow officer;

(x) title searcher; or

(xi) surveyor; and

(d) other experience with real estate not included in (a), (b), and (c) above.

 

R592-8-4. Delegation of Authority.

The Commission hereby grants its preliminary concurrence to the approval or denial of a request for exemption requested by an attorney pursuant to 31A-23a-204 to the Utah Insurance Commissioner.

 

R592-8-5. Request for Exemption Process.

(1) An individual title licensee, who is an attorney as defined in this rule desiring to obtain an agency license under the exemption provided in 31A-23A-204(1)(c), shall make a request for exemption to the Commissioner in accordance with the requirements of this subsection.

(2) The applicant will submit a letter addressed to the Commission:

(a) requesting exemption from the licensing time period requirements in 31A-23a-204(1)(a)(i); and

(b) providing the following information:

(i) the applicant's name, mailing address and email, telephone number, and title license number;

(ii) a description of the applicant's real estate experience; and

(iii) why the applicant feels that experience qualifies the applicant for the exemption.

(3) The Commissioner will review the request for exemption within five business days of its receipt and

(a) request additional information from the applicant;

(b) preliminarily approve the request for exemption; or

(c) preliminarily disapprove the request for exemption.

(4) The Commissioner will report monthly to the Commission all preliminarily approved or denied requests for exemption received and reviewed since the previous Commission meeting.

(5) The Commission will concur or non-concur with the Commissioner's preliminary approval or denial of a request for exemption.

(6) If the Commissioner's preliminary denial of a request for exemption is concurred with by the Commission, the Commissioner will:

(a) notify the applicant of the denial; and

(b) inform the applicant of his right to agency review pursuant to R590-160.

(7) If the Commissioner's preliminary approval of a request for exemption is concurred with by the Commission, the Commissioner will expeditiously notify the applicant to submit an electronic license application and pay the required fees and assessments.

 

R592-8-7. Penalties.

A person found, after a hearing or other regulatory process, to be in violation of this rule shall be subject to penalties as provided under Section 31A-2-308.

 

R592-8-8. Enforcement Date.

The Commission will begin enforcing this rule on the rule's effective date.

 

R592-8-9. Severability.

If any provision of this rule or the application of it to any person or circumstance is for any reason held to be invalid, the remaining provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.

 

KEY: attorney exemption application process

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: 2009

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 31A-1-301; 31A-2-308; 31A-2-402; 31A-2-404; 31A-23a-102; 31A-23a-204

 

 

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.

Last modified:  04/29/2009 12:08 PM