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<strong>Ave</strong> Mar i a<br />

LIVING<br />

M eet T h e M cQ u ad es<br />

- Page 7<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> # 2 | <strong>October</strong> , <strong>2016</strong><br />

A Stella M ar is of FL Publication<br />

Graduate Story:<br />

Clare Maagad<br />

- Page 3


"THEWORKOFLIFESITENEWS<br />

IS AMISSIONTOSERVEALL<br />

THEPRO-LIFEAND<br />

PRO-FAMILYGROUPSAND<br />

LEADERSINTHEWORLD, AND<br />

AMISSION, ABOVEALL, TO<br />

SERVETHEWILLOFGOD. "<br />

- STEVE JALSEVAC,<br />

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF<br />

LIFESITENEWS<br />

WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO M AKE THE WORLD M ORE BEAUTIFUL:<br />

CLARE M AAGAD<br />

"I WORKWITHANDFORSUCH<br />

AMAZINGPEOPLE, WHODO<br />

WHATTHEYCANTOFIGHT<br />

FORWHATISRIGHTAND<br />

WHATISTRUE. I AMSO<br />

HUMBLEDBYTHEIR<br />

DEDICATIONANDTHE<br />

SACRIFICESTHEYMAKEIN<br />

ORDERTOSPREADTHENEWS<br />

OFWHAT'SGOINGONINTHE<br />

WORLD, INAWAYTHATYOU<br />

WOULDNEVERREADIN<br />

MAINSTREAMNEWS<br />

OUTLETS. "<br />

- CLARE MAAGAD<br />

"THAT'SALLVERYWELL, BUTTHEREISATHIRDTHINGYOUMUSTDO. YOUMUST<br />

DOSOMETHINGTOMAKETHEWORLDMOREBEAUTIFUL."<br />

- COONEY,BARBARA. (1982). MISS RUMPHIUS. LONDON: VIKING PRESS.<br />

In the first<br />

edition of <strong>Ave</strong><br />

<strong>Maria</strong> <strong>Living</strong>, we<br />

featured an <strong>Ave</strong><br />

<strong>Maria</strong> University<br />

graduate, Paul<br />

Rush, who has<br />

dedicated his life<br />

to starting a<br />

Missionary<br />

Formation Center<br />

named<br />

"Guadalupe Gardens" in San Marcos,<br />

Nicaragua.<br />

In this edition, and future editions,<br />

we will continue to feature AMU<br />

graduates to let you know where<br />

they are now and what kind of fruit<br />

their lives are bearing in the world.<br />

This section title comes from a<br />

beloved children's book, "Miss<br />

Rumphius." In the story, little Alice<br />

Rumphius wants to grow up to be<br />

like her grandfather. She too wants<br />

to go to faraway places and come<br />

back to live by the sea. Her<br />

grandfather tells Alice "that's all<br />

very well, but there is a third thing<br />

you must do. You must do<br />

something to make the world more<br />

beautiful."<br />

Meet Clare Maagad, AMU University<br />

graduate this month. In many ways,<br />

Clare reminds me of little Alice<br />

Rumphius. Clare was born and<br />

raised in the Philippines. She moved<br />

to the Florida with her family when<br />

she was 11years old. After her<br />

experiences in college, she left her<br />

home near Florida's sandy beaches<br />

and sun-drenched coastlines to<br />

work in different locations across<br />

the country. After several years of<br />

wonderful life experiences, she is<br />

excited to be moving back to Florida<br />

to be near her family and the sea.<br />

But most importantly, she strives to<br />

make the world a more beautiful<br />

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place through her work with<br />

LifeSiteNews.<br />

Clare graduated from the<br />

University in 2007 with a<br />

bachelor?s degree in Biology.<br />

She has many fond memories<br />

of her time at <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong><br />

University: late night<br />

conversations, random dance<br />

parties, dinner conversations,<br />

and beach trips with her<br />

roommates and friends.<br />

"I also had the great privilege of<br />

spending a semester in Austria.<br />

It was life changing," Maagad<br />

said.<br />

Clare's family home was only<br />

two hours away from AMU. Her<br />

mother wanted her to be close<br />

to home and Clare loved the<br />

idea of being a pioneer? her<br />

first year was the University's<br />

first year in Florida. She said it<br />

was all very exciting, the start<br />

of that first school year.<br />

"I like to think the Blessed<br />

Mother helped me choose <strong>Ave</strong><br />

<strong>Maria</strong> at my mother's urging,"<br />

she said of how she chose to<br />

come to AMU.<br />

After graduation, she took a job<br />

as the Dorm Director and<br />

Special Events Coordinator for<br />

St. Bernard's Catholic School, a<br />

small private school in<br />

northern California. Then she<br />

became the Residence Director<br />

for Benedictine College in<br />

Kansas.<br />

When a friend and fellow AMU<br />

graduate posted a job listing for<br />

LifeSiteNews, she knew she had<br />

to apply. She was given the job<br />

of Office Manager of the United<br />

States office for LifeSite, a<br />

non-profit news website<br />

reporting on stories that affect<br />

life, family and culture.<br />

LifeSiteNews management and<br />

staff writers/researchers are<br />

located in various cities in the<br />

United States, Canada, Mexico,<br />

Italy, Australia, New Zealand<br />

and France. They also employ<br />

three translators who assist<br />

with their Spanish version of<br />

LifeSiteNews.<br />

Daily News reports at LifeSite<br />

are widely circulated reports on<br />

important developments in the<br />

United States, Canada and<br />

around the world. Their<br />

purpose is to provide balance<br />

and more accurate coverage on<br />

culture, life and family matters<br />

than is usually given by other<br />

media outlets.<br />

During the next three and a<br />

half years as the office<br />

manager, she worked to<br />

support her coworkers and<br />

supervisors in all things, and to<br />

keep them organized so that<br />

they could concentrate on<br />

doing their best in producing,<br />

researching and writing the<br />

content for the site.<br />

Her faith in what is good, true<br />

and beautiful fuels her desire<br />

to help share the news and<br />

stories that LifeSite produces<br />

and circulates in any way that<br />

she can.<br />

"I work with, and for, such<br />

amazing people who do what<br />

they can to fight for what is<br />

right and what is true. I am so<br />

humbled by their dedication<br />

and the sacrifices they make in<br />

order to spread the news of<br />

what's going on in the world in<br />

a way that you would never<br />

read in mainstream news<br />

outlets."<br />

She now has a new job with the<br />

company and is taking on much<br />

4<br />

more responsibility. Her current<br />

role allows her to help fund the<br />

work that she is so passionate<br />

about. She is now managing the<br />

advertising department and<br />

working with email marketing.<br />

LifeSiteNews operates on<br />

donations from its readers as<br />

well as with the paid<br />

advertising program, so Clare's<br />

new role is crucial in keeping<br />

the site running.<br />

"I like to think<br />

the Blessed<br />

Mother<br />

helped me<br />

chose <strong>Ave</strong><br />

<strong>Maria</strong>..."<br />

-Clare Maagad,<br />

class of 2007<br />

"I absolutely love the challenge<br />

of learning something new and<br />

acquiring new skills,? Maagad<br />

said.<br />

She plans to continue her work<br />

with LifeSiteNews while she<br />

makes the welcome transition<br />

back to life in Florida.<br />

"I'm moving back to Florida to<br />

be closer to my family, which<br />

I'm really excited about. I<br />

haven't lived near family since<br />

graduating from college. And<br />

I'm really excited to be living so<br />

close to the beach again,? she<br />

said.<br />

Thank you, Clare Maagad, for all<br />

you are doing to help promote<br />

goodness, truth and beauty in<br />

our world!


M eet the M cQuades!<br />

___________________________________________________________________________________________<br />

If you drive through Coquina and spot a house with<br />

a single-car garage and ten bicycles in the<br />

driveway, you know you have found the McQuades.<br />

If you venture inside on a typical day, you will find<br />

seven McQuade children scattered throughout the<br />

home playing, reading, or working on their<br />

homeschool lessons. Among them, two young men<br />

from Immokalee homeschool as well.<br />

Another son, Hadyn McQuade, passes through<br />

between classes at <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong> University to give a<br />

violin lesson. Two more adult children pop in on<br />

occasion when they take a hiatus from their work<br />

or study to come visit.<br />

If you're really lucky, there may be a litter of<br />

Goldendoodle puppies to play with! The McQuades<br />

breed their family dogs and care for the puppies<br />

until they are ready to be sent to loving homes.<br />

The lifestyle of this family of 12 may seem a bit<br />

overwhelming to some, but the McQuades wouldn?t<br />

have it any other way. Their adventurous and<br />

fun-loving journey began at Ole Miss where Mike<br />

and Jenn McQuade met. The two fell in love and got<br />

married.<br />

The McQuades have moved 19 times as a family. In<br />

the early years of their marriage, Mr. McQuade was<br />

in the United States Air Force. He flew F-16s all over<br />

the world. In fact, they were living in Korea when<br />

their first child came into the world... 16 weeks early!<br />

It was the Fourth of July weekend and the McQuades<br />

were spending time with some military families at<br />

the beach in Korea when Mrs. McQuade suddenly<br />

became ill. She developed a very high fever and had<br />

to be rushed to the hospital while her husband and<br />

friends packed her body with ice. The hospital was<br />

five hours away.<br />

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When she got there, her water<br />

broke. She was only 24 weeks<br />

pregnant. She had an emergency<br />

C-section and a man at the<br />

hospital, who was not even a<br />

doctor, fashioned a mask small<br />

enough for their new baby out of<br />

materials he found in the kitchen.<br />

Thanks to him, baby Rylan was able<br />

to breathe until they could be<br />

transferred to a hospital with a<br />

neonatal ICU. Mrs. McQuade was<br />

unconscious for three days.<br />

Thankfully, the two survived<br />

without any lasting complications.<br />

Now, Rylan, 24, has just begun his<br />

second year of medical school, is<br />

newly engaged to be married, and<br />

aspires to use his gifts and training<br />

on medical missions.<br />

Three brothers followed Rylan into<br />

the world: Curran, 22; Hadyn, 19;<br />

and Eamon, 17. While the young<br />

family was just about to set down<br />

roots in Texas? as the builders<br />

broke ground on their new<br />

home? two airplanes struck the<br />

twin towers on September 11, 2001<br />

and their plans instantly changed.<br />

Mr. McQuade had started working<br />

for American Airlines and was part<br />

of the U.S. Air Force Reserves at<br />

the time and was immediately<br />

called to fly around New York and<br />

Washington D.C., protecting the<br />

area from any potential threats.<br />

The Air Force had planes in the air<br />

24 hours a day for over a year.<br />

The family found a home in New<br />

Jersey that was move-in ready, so<br />

they packed their things and moved<br />

sight unseen.<br />

?People were so gracious and<br />

understanding during the time<br />

after 9/11. We got our money back,?<br />

Mrs. McQuade said of their home in<br />

Texas.<br />

A little over a year later, they<br />

moved back to Texas and Mr.<br />

McQuade continued flying for<br />

American Airlines. But in 2003, the<br />

Continued on page 10<br />

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airline forced Mr. McQuade to<br />

work out of the Saint Louis<br />

airport.<br />

?Rather than commute back and<br />

forth between Texas and Saint<br />

Louis, we decided to put our<br />

camper on the Air Force base in<br />

Saint Louis so we were able to<br />

have the whole family there and<br />

together? 218 square feet was<br />

more than enough for the happy<br />

6 of us!? Mr. McQuade said.<br />

They -Quote lived Author in the camper for eight<br />

months. <strong>Living</strong> in such close<br />

quarters with four kids did not<br />

lessen their desire to expand<br />

their family. The McQuades had<br />

always hoped for a large family,<br />

but as time wore on and Mrs.<br />

McQuade wasn?t getting pregnant,<br />

they felt that maybe God had<br />

another plan for them. They<br />

began to contemplate adoption.<br />

After yet another move? this time<br />

a transatlantic one to<br />

Germany? the McQuades really<br />

felt that God wanted them to<br />

adopt, but were unclear how to<br />

proceed. One night, Jenn prayed<br />

for a sign. If adoption was what<br />

God wanted for them, she prayed<br />

He would make it clear.<br />

The next day, the family went to<br />

a different church than their<br />

usual one. A woman there, whom<br />

they hadn?t met before,<br />

approached Mrs. McQuade. The<br />

woman had three children with<br />

her. She sat down and said, "I just<br />

want you to know that my<br />

children are adopted. I don't<br />

know why I'm telling you this. I<br />

never tell anyone that my kids<br />

are adopted because they look so<br />

much like me, but I just feel like<br />

God wanted me to tell you that."<br />

That was the sign the McQuades<br />

needed.<br />

Their next adventure would bring<br />

them to China and back home<br />

with a baby girl named Grace,<br />

now 10 years old. At 16 months<br />

old, Grace had many physical and<br />

emotional obstacles to overcome,<br />

but her new family, including her<br />

four big brothers, put all their<br />

effort into helping her get well.<br />

Challenging as it was, it was<br />

more than worth it and they<br />

decided to adopt another baby<br />

girl from China? Hope, now eight<br />

years old. They felt so blessed to<br />

have these beautiful girls in their<br />

family, but they weren?t finished<br />

yet.<br />

They began making preparations<br />

to head back to China, this time to<br />

adopt a baby boy. That boy was<br />

Liam, now six years old. During<br />

the long wait for Liam, they<br />

learned of another boy in an<br />

orphanage there who was about<br />

to turn 14? Keane, now 19. When a<br />

child turns 14 in an orphanage in<br />

China, they are sent out onto the<br />

streets.<br />

?I would read the stories of these<br />

older children who so desperately<br />

wanted a family. It broke my<br />

heart to read their stories and I<br />

advocated for them on the Yahoo<br />

groups and our blog. We prayed<br />

for these children and rejoiced<br />

when they found their forever<br />

families. We cried as we watched<br />

so many lose that chance. God<br />

was changing our hearts as a<br />

"We prayed for<br />

these children and<br />

rejoiced w hen they<br />

found their<br />

forever families.<br />

We cried as w e<br />

w atched so many<br />

lose that chance.<br />

God w as changing<br />

our hearts as a<br />

family."<br />

- Jenn McQuade<br />

family,? Mrs. McQuade wrote.<br />

So, when she received a message<br />

from an adoption agency called<br />

?Gifts to China with Love? about<br />

Keane, she prayed, ?Lord, find<br />

him a family.? Then one day she<br />

asked her family during dinner,<br />

?do you think that this boy is our<br />

son??<br />

Continued on page 12<br />

___________________________________________________________________________________________<br />

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They prayed about adopting him and Mrs. McQuade<br />

recalls, "I got Rylan, Curran, Hadyn, and Eamon<br />

together and told them that this decision would<br />

affect them more than anyone else in the family. I<br />

asked them to bow their heads and close their eyes<br />

and pray about the decision."<br />

Then, she asked them not to look at each other and<br />

to raise their hand if they wanted to adopt the boy.<br />

All four raised their hands. She said, ?our family,<br />

who at the beginning of this adoption journey had<br />

only considered a child under three, was now<br />

begging to bring home a 14-year-old.?<br />

They had only a few short weeks to raise the<br />

additional $17,000 for their second son?s adoption.<br />

Thankfully, they found a great organization that<br />

could help them raise money. It was called "Both<br />

Hands." The organization, named for James 1:27, was<br />

designed to help widows and orphans.<br />

The McQuades found an elderly widow who needed<br />

help with her home. They raised funds and worked<br />

to do a complete remodel of her home with donated<br />

supplies and volunteered labor.<br />

Then, their completed project and their desire to<br />

adopt two boys from China was published on the<br />

organization's website, on their blog<br />

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(gettingliam.blogspot.com), and sent out in ?support<br />

letters.? People began to donate money. They raised<br />

$14,000.<br />

?As you?d expect from the God we serve, the last<br />

?Our family, w ho at the<br />

beginning of this adoption<br />

journey had only<br />

considered a child under<br />

three, w as now begging<br />

to bring home a<br />

14-year-old.? - Jenn McQuade<br />

$3,000 came in the very day we left for China,? Mr.<br />

McQuade said.<br />

It was clear that Keane was meant for them. They<br />

got both boys the day before Keane's 14th birthday. It<br />

was a bit daunting bringing home a teenager who<br />

spoke no English, especially since the McQuades<br />

spoke no Mandarin, but Keane learned quickly. He fit<br />

into the family perfectly. Continued on page 14


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Being nam ed after Saint John Paul the Great (a town where it?s com m on, and one young<br />

John Paul who attended the canonization)<br />

By: Robb Klucik<br />

On April 27th, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope John Paul II officially entered the canon of saints of Christ?s<br />

Church. On that day, m any fam ilies in the town of <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong> also planned feast days for their sons ? or their<br />

Sister! It is fitting that a town where one of the streets is nam ed ?Pope John Paul II Boulevard? ? a town<br />

whose founding was inspired by that pope?s ?new evangelization? ? has so m any boys and young m en<br />

nam ed after that extraordinary m an.<br />

His papacy saw a rise in the popularity of the nam e ?John Paul? for newborns<br />

in the USA as shown in this graphic, with spikes in<br />

popularity based on events in his life.<br />

Of course not everyone bearing the nam e received it as a<br />

newborn boy. Sister John Paul, OP, who taeaches in <strong>Ave</strong><br />

<strong>Maria</strong> at Donahue Academ y, received the nam e when she<br />

entered Religious life.<br />

Am ong the estim ated dozen John Paul?s in <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong>,<br />

several have provided photographs, below.<br />

One lucky <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong> boy bearing the nam e had the trip of a lifetim e with his m other ?<br />

they traveled to Rom e to attend the canonization cerem ony! John Paul Allan?s friends and neighbors were<br />

able to follow his special pilgrim age via Facebook. Mrs. Allan owns a Catholic gift and book and hom e school<br />

supply store called By Way of the Fam ily that she nam ed after a phrase from Saint Pope John Paul's apostolic<br />

exhortation Fam iliaris Consortio: ?The future of hum anity passes by way of the fam ily.?<br />

John Paul Raiger<br />

John Paul Klucik<br />

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John Paul Tamisiea<br />

John Paul Allan on his<br />

pilgrimage in Rome


He was diligent with his<br />

schoolwork, loved to read, and<br />

was happy to help with household<br />

chores.<br />

The family recalls how fun it was<br />

to watch him try new things for<br />

the first time, like swimming,<br />

skating, guitar and jumping on<br />

the trampoline. Liam acclimated<br />

to his new home quickly, too. He<br />

was full of energy and enjoyed<br />

playing with his sisters. Their<br />

family was feeling more complete<br />

with each adoption.<br />

The family decided to adopt one<br />

last time, another baby boy so<br />

that Liam would have a brother<br />

close to his age to grow up with.<br />

But again, this trip would see<br />

them return with two new sons<br />

rather than one. As they<br />

prepared to bring home baby<br />

Brogan, now three years old,<br />

Keane came to his mother and<br />

father and said, "I've been really<br />

praying about it and I think we<br />

need to bring home my<br />

roommate."<br />

He was referring to the boy with<br />

whom he shared a room at the<br />

orphanage? Kai, now 16. The<br />

McQuades were touched by their<br />

son?s love and compassion for his<br />

friend. Keane added, ?I remember<br />

money was a problem for getting<br />

me. If you need more money, I<br />

could give you all of mine.? Of<br />

course, the McQuades could not<br />

refuse. They brought home<br />

Brogan and Kai together, making<br />

them a family of twelve and<br />

making two boys, who were best<br />

friends, brothers!<br />

The McQuades are so thankful for<br />

the beautiful journey their family<br />

has experienced through the<br />

adoption process. It?s been a<br />

life-changing experience for<br />

everyone. Looking back on their<br />

journey, they can see the hand of<br />

God at work, even in the details.<br />

After many years in the<br />

Evangelical faith, they recently<br />

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came back to the Catholic faith in which Mr. and Mrs.<br />

McQuade were both raised. During their reversion to<br />

Catholicism, they started to consider making the move to<br />

<strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong> and they?re glad they did.<br />

"We finally feel like we're at home,? Mrs. McQuade said.<br />

?We feel at home primarily because of our coming back to<br />

the Catholic Church, but also because this is such a<br />

special community to be a part of,? Mr. McQuade added.<br />

The McQuades have not been in <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong> very long but,<br />

in true McQuade fashion, they have already become<br />

active members of the community and in Immokalee as<br />

well.<br />

Mr. McQuade is the small group coordinator for the <strong>Ave</strong><br />

<strong>Maria</strong> Quasi Parish?s ?That Man is You? ministry, Mrs.<br />

McQuade is on the welcoming committee for the parish,<br />

Hadyn and Eamon play violin at Mass, and Grace and<br />

Hope sing in the children?s choir.<br />

Additionally, the four teenage boys volunteered with their<br />

parents at the ?Household of God? program this summer,<br />

?We feel at home primarily<br />

because of our coming<br />

back to the Catholic<br />

Church, but also because<br />

this is such a special<br />

community to be a part of."<br />

- Mike McQuade<br />

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and Keane bags groceries at<br />

Publix and has a knack for fixing<br />

broken cell phones. On the<br />

weekends, the younger McQuade<br />

children can be found splashing<br />

at the water park with their<br />

parents and the teenage boys<br />

love to play soccer and often play<br />

together.<br />

Hadyn aspires to start a youth<br />

orchestra here in <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong>. He<br />

writes, "I am happy to announce<br />

that, by the end of <strong>October</strong>, I'll be<br />

starting an orchestra for strings,<br />

winds, brass, and percussion,<br />

open to children from the whole<br />

community."<br />

Eamon is a very talented soccer<br />

player. He joined the Immokalee<br />

Pit Cobras shortly after his family<br />

moved to <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong>. The team<br />

won the United States U-17 Youth<br />

Soccer regional tournament this<br />

summer, advancing them to play<br />

in the President's National Cup<br />

tournament.<br />

"It was so exciting to watch the<br />

little town of Immokalee advance<br />

to nationals," Mrs. McQuade said.<br />

The team?s coach, Manny Touron,<br />

is dedicated to helping the boys<br />

on his team advance, not only in<br />

their athletic abilities, but in all<br />

areas of their lives. He<br />

encourages them academically<br />

and promotes hard work and<br />

integrity. To him, it's not just<br />

about soccer, it's more about<br />

helping the youth be the best<br />

versions of themselves.<br />

That's a mission the McQuades<br />

can get behind. In fact, that is<br />

how they came to meet a young<br />

man called "Chino." Chino plays<br />

on the team also. He is from<br />

Guatemala and does not speak<br />

English, so he was not allowed to<br />

enter the public high school<br />

system. When they heard about<br />

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his struggles, they asked if he<br />

would like to be homeschooled.<br />

He said yes and has been joining<br />

the McQuade children daily in<br />

their lessons ever since. A friend<br />

of Chino?s has begun<br />

homeschooling with the family as<br />

well. The family is happy to give<br />

these boys the opportunity for a<br />

better life.<br />

The family?s new home in Maple<br />

Ridge Reserve is almost complete,<br />

so they will soon be moving yet<br />

again.. Let?s hope this is the last<br />

move they?ll be making for a very<br />

long time. They are looking<br />

forward to feeling settled in their<br />

new home in this great<br />

community.<br />

Welcome to <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong>, McQuade<br />

-Quote Author<br />

family!


Why use an Attorney (rather than a title company) for Closing? By: Robb Klucik<br />

In Florida,<br />

both<br />

attorneys<br />

and title<br />

companies<br />

can issue title<br />

insurance.<br />

Premiums for<br />

title insurance are set by the<br />

State of Florida, so title insurance<br />

obtained through an attorney is<br />

priced the same as from a title<br />

company. Closing costs charged<br />

by an attorney acting as a closing<br />

agent are comparable to those<br />

charged by a title company. So,<br />

why use an attorney rather than<br />

a title company for closing?<br />

When using an attorney as the<br />

closing agent, the client has legal<br />

representation throughout the<br />

transaction, from negotiations<br />

through closing. But a title<br />

company cannot provide any<br />

legal advice, input, or guidance.<br />

Often a buyer will need a<br />

contract addendum, a<br />

non-standard document, or a<br />

change to standard documents in<br />

order to address specific issues<br />

that arise with transaction. An<br />

attorney can prepare such<br />

documents, whereas the title<br />

company in many instances<br />

cannot (or should not).<br />

An attorney can assist the realtor<br />

with the contract preparation<br />

(generally at no additional<br />

charge), answering the client?s<br />

legal questions during contract<br />

negotiations and preparing<br />

relevant documents as needed. A<br />

title company cannot do so.<br />

If the title search reveals a<br />

potential issue, the attorney can<br />

provide legal advice as to the best<br />

and fastest way to cure the issue<br />

and prepare the corrective<br />

documents so the parties can<br />

close without a delay. In contrast,<br />

a title company cannot generally<br />

prepare curative documents, and<br />

can never provide legal advice or<br />

guidance when or as an issue<br />

arises ? and would normally have<br />

to consult an attorney and pass<br />

the cost on to the buyer.<br />

When purchasing real estate, one<br />

of the most important decisions<br />

the Buyer has to make is how to<br />

take title to the property. An<br />

attorney can discuss the options<br />

available to the Buyer and the<br />

legal aspects and tax advantages<br />

concerning same. A title company<br />

cannot provide this important<br />

legal advice.<br />

In summary, there is a major<br />

benefit in having an attorney as<br />

your closing agent and on your<br />

closing team.<br />

Attorney Robb Klucik has been an<br />

attorney title agent and real<br />

estate lawyer in <strong>Ave</strong> <strong>Maria</strong>,<br />

Florida, since 2009.<br />

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