Southern Land Title, Inc., Receives ALTA Best Practices Certification

Southern Land Title LogoSouthern Land Title, Inc., a regional title and settlement services provider based in Bay Minette, Alabama, recently achieved compliance with title industry Best Practices as set forth by the American Land Title Association (ALTA).

Southern Land Title, Inc., is now part of the elite, but continually growing, group of ALTA Best Practices certified companies.  With this certification, Southern Land Title, Inc., has proven its continued commitment, not only to regulators and lenders, but to all consumers, ensuring a positive and compliant real estate settlement experience.

According to J. Alan Lusk, president of Southern Land Title, Inc., “Receiving certification ensures that we are able to meet or exceed bank and lending institutions’ requirements, as well as provide assurance to our customers that we have the knowledge necessary to deliver superior service.”

National certified public accounting and management consulting firm PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.) provided the third-party assessment and certification services for Southern Land Title, Inc.

“PYA’s knowledge, and willingness to share that knowledge, throughout the certification process eliminated unpleasant surprises and ensured that we achieved certification in the smoothest way possible,” said Margaret Quinley, accountant of Southern Land Title, Inc.  “The staff is friendly and easy to work with, and I would recommend them to anyone seeking certification.”

In order to ensure the protection of consumers’ non-public personal information, regulators have increased the demand for protective measures throughout title and settlement procedures.  Due to this oversight, lenders are reviewing their relationships with service providers and becoming more sensitive to the types of companies with which they do business.  To help meet this need, ALTA created the Best Practices Framework to help title and settlement agents prepare policies and procedures to protect lenders and consumers.  Southern Land Title, Inc., chose to pursue and receive certification precisely for this reason.

Visit the Southern Land Title, Inc., website, to learn more.

For questions regarding the Best Practices Framework, visit the ALTA website at


About Southern Land Title, Inc.

Southern Land Title, Inc., is an independent agency serving customers in Baldwin County, Alabama since 1982.  We have 3 locations: Bay Minette, Gulf Shores, and Daphne, Alabama.  The stockholders are J. Alan Lusk and Cleveland L. Landreth.  Our title insurance underwriters are Stewart Title Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, and Chicago Title Insurance Company.  Southern Land Title was built on the basis of respect, honesty, and service.  Our mission is simple: To give the best service possible with professional, courteous, knowledgeable staff.  To protect the privacy and confidentiality of our clients and staff.  To provide prompt, accurate title and closing services that follow the federal and state guidelines.  To build mutually beneficial long-term customer relationships.


About PYA

For over three decades, PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates), a national professional services firm providing management consulting and accounting, has helped its clients navigate and derive value amid complex challenges.  In addition to serving the healthcare and financial institutions industries, PYA serves the title industry with a comprehensive list of offerings, including:  ALTA Best Practices implementation and assessment; strategic planning; mergers and acquisitions; tax compliance; and regulatory compliance.

PYA’s steadfast commitment to an unwavering client-centric culture has served the firm’s clients well. PYA is ranked 103rd by INSIDE Public Accounting’s “Top 200” Largest Accounting Firms.  PYA affiliate companies offer clients world-class data analytics, professional real estate development and advisory resources, comprehensive claims audits for self-insured Fortune 500 companies, wealth management and retirement plan administration, and business transitions consulting.

PYA is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.  For more information, please visit or call us at (800) 270-9629.

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