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Michigan Land Title Association
124 W. Allegan, Suite 1700
Lansing, MI 48933
P: (517) 374-2728 | F: (517) 908-0079
Section 1. Classes of Members
Members shall be classified as Active, Associate or Honorary.
Section 2. Active Members
(a) Every person, firm or corporation operating as an independent business enterprise which is actively engaged in evidencing land titles, is licensed by the State of Michigan, and agrees to conform to the code of ethics adopted by the membership of the Michigan Land Title Association, has not engaged in any illegal or fraudulent business practice and has been duly sponsored by an active member, is eligible for Active membership.
(b) Every corporation, resident or non-resident, which has qualified under the laws of the State of Michigan to do business as a Title Insurance Company, and which is actually issuing policies of title insurance in Michigan, and agrees to conform to the code of ethics adopted by the membership of the Michigan Land Title Association, has not engaged in any illegal or fraudulent business practice and has been duly sponsored by an active member, is eligible for Active membership.
Section 3. Associate Member
Every person, firm or corporation operating as an independent business enterprise which is actively engaged in title searching, escrow, closing functions, document retrieval or any other services related to the land title industry as defined by the Board of Directors and is not regulated or licensed by the State of Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation to provide such services and agrees to conform to the code of ethics adopted by the membership of the Michigan Land Title Association, has not engaged in any illegal or fraudulent business practice and has been duly sponsored by an active member, is eligible for Associate Membership.
Section 4. Honorary Members
Honorary members shall be Past Presidents of the Michigan Land Title Association and other individuals designated by the Board of Directors for their performance of distinguished and meritorious service to the Michigan Land Title Association.
Section 5. Application for Membership
Applications for membership shall be made in writing to the Executive Director of Association on the prescribed form. If the application is submitted between July 1st and December 31st inclusive, the application shall also be accompanied by payment of the first year’s dues. If the application is submitted after December 31st, the application shall also be accompanied by a check in a prorated amount based on the number of months remaining between the month the application is approved by the Board of Directors and July, beginning with the first month after the application is approved by the Board of Directors. Such applicant shall, in addition, furnish such additional information as may be requested by the Board of Directors to enable it to determine the eligibility of the applicant. Approval of an application for membership shall be by a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors.
Section 6. Membership in American Land Title Association
Membership in the American Land Title Association is encouraged but not required for members of the Association.
Section 7. Voting
The voting power is vested in the Active members. Each Active member shall be entitled to one vote. Except as provided in ARTICLE VIII, the vote of the majority of the voting members present in person at any meeting is sufficient. Associate and Honorary members may attend any general meeting of the members and participate in the discussion, but shall have no vote EXCEPT Honorary members who remain Active members and are thereby eligible to vote in their Active member capacity.
Section 8. Dues
Each Active and Associate member shall pay dues in accordance with the formula established by the Board of Directors. The annual dues shall be payable within ninety (90) days after the mailing of the notice of assessment for the dues. Honorary members shall pay no dues EXCEPT those who choose to maintain an Active membership.
Any member in default of payment of dues for a period of three months after the same shall become payable, shall be notified in writing of the delinquency. Unless said dues are paid within one month thereafter, the Board of Directors may terminate said membership.
Section 9. Censure, Suspension or Expulsion of Members
Any member may be censured, suspended or expelled for misconduct in the member’s relations with the general public, with this Association or with a member thereof upon a Complaint filed by the aggrieved party who must also be a member in good standing of this Association.
Complaints against a members alleging misconduct in the member’s relations with the general public, this Association, or a member hereof, shall be in writing, signed by the complaining party and shall state plainly the complaint. Any such complaints shall be filed with the Executive Secretary of the Association and shall be referred to the Grievance Committee. The complained-of member shall be furnished a copy of the complaint and shall be permitted thirty (30) days to answer the same in writing.
The Grievance Committee shall conduct an investigation including a hearing on the complaint at which hearing the complainant and the accused member may appear personally or by counsel. Both parties may agree to waive the hearing. Following its investigation, the Grievance Committee shall reduce its findings and recommendations to writing and submit them promptly to the Board of Directors with a copy to both parties; provided however, if the Grievance Committee deems the Complaint groundless, it may dismiss the Complaint.
At the written request of the accused member, the Board of Directors shall give the member an opportunity to appear in person or by counsel and be heard in support of the member’s defense.
The Board of Directors shall review the Grievance Committee’s findings and recommendations and may find the accused member to be guilty or not guilty of the charges and, if found guilty by a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors, may adjudge that the member be censured or suspended, or expelled from this Association. The decision of the Board of Directors shall be reduced to writing and a copy furnished to the complainant and the accused member.
Any decision of the Board of Directors censuring, suspending or expelling a member shall be final and shall become effective according to its terms unless, within 30 days thereafter, the member shall file in the principle office of the Association a written appeal to the membership of the Association, in which event the decision of the Board of Directors shall be held in abeyance pending determination of the appeal at the next annual state convention. Upon any such appeal, the decision of the Board of Directors shall be affirmed or reversed by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at the meeting. There shall be no appeal should the Complaint be dismissed as groundless or because the accused member is determined to be not guilty of the charges.