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Dwight Alan Bickel

Real estate Attorney

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Real Property Title Advisor

  • State Years
    Washington - WA 42 years
    Idaho - ID 46 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dwight

Learn Dwight’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    75%
    All aspects of real property transactions. Specialized knowledge regarding title, including ownership, liens, easements, covenants, adverse possession and prescriptive easements

    46 years, 7,500 cases

  2. Insurance
    20%
    In-house attorney for title company responsible for claim response and litigation to defend Insured's in title related cases. Thereafter a member of the insurance policy forms committee.

    41 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Foreclosure
    3%
    Private practice cases for 5 years, then analyzing foreclosures as counsel for title company insuring transactions involving foreclosures for 36 years.

    46 years, 300 cases

  4. Bankruptcy and debt
    2%
    Private practice cases for 5 years, then analyzing bankruptcy as counsel for title company insuring transactions involving bankruptcy for 36 years.

    46 years, 200 cases

Presently my legal services for the public will be limited to residential real estate. You may contact me initially by email message from my web site to request my assistance with your purchase or sale of real property. It is best to consult with me regarding the title and boundaries before listing (sellers) and before the purchase offer (purchasers). I also will assist you to change the title, to clear title defects, or to negotiate resolution of disputes with neighbors about easements, covenants or boundary improvements.

I am also available as a consultant to real estate professionals and attorneys to assist with real estate transactions and to act as an expert supporting litigation related to real property title and title insurance coverage.

For the prior 42 years, I have served as a lawyer within law firms and and as an in-house legal advisor within title companies resolving challenges related to real estate transactions. I recently retired as NW Region Counsel for the Fidelity National Title Group supporting all its title companies and their agents in six states. I have been privileged to serve the industry by speaking at seminars, by writing essays and by appointments on various committees for both title associations and real property bar associations.

The Washington Land Title Association recognized my knowledge about real property title with its designation as a Washington Title Professional. In 2018 WLTA awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to me, the second person to receive that highest honor.

Specialties: My experience gives me specialized knowledge of title insurance coverage, escrow duties and requirements for compliance with state and federal regulation of the title industry. My past transaction work also has given me specialized knowledge regarding boundary disputes, easement rights, foreclosures, mortgage modification, workout agreements and bankruptcy.

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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful, Thorough Advice.
This attorney gave me wonderful, easy-to-follow advice. I am following all of his advice since he seems very knowledgeable. Thank you Dwight Bickel!!
Posted by Michael | June 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My lawyer schooled the other folks' inexperienced lawyer about adverse possession law
We bought our home in 1990. We had serious wind storm damage to the fences in 1996, and we rebuilt the fences on the same locations in 1997. In 2005 the longtime owner/landlord of the rental house behind me proceeded to tell me my fence was on his side of the property line as per a surveyor. I disagreed, told him it was always in this spot, I simply rebuilt the fence with new materials in the same fence line including noting to him that their own gate to access their backyard was still intact and is now attached to my new fence just as their gate had been attached to my old fence with no changes to the fence line. I asked why are you contacting me now, 8 years after the fence was rebuilt, where have you been all this time? The disagreement continued so he got his lawyer involved, so I got a lawyer as well, Dwight Bickel a real estate and title lawyer. I was able to provide photos I obtained from the previous owner of my home showing the fence line and his family of young kids playing in the yard which clearly showed the age of immature trees and location of the fence and gate, confirming the fence was rebuilt the same way and location as it had always been. They proceeded to accuse me of moving my plants and trees to accommodate a moved fence. My lawyer said this a classic case involving Adverse Possession. My lawyer schooled the other folks' inexperienced lawyer about Adverse Possession law, and that the case will be decided on the facts of possession, not the survey which does not establish ownership and at this point is no longer relevant. Dwight Bickel handily helped me clear this boundary dispute case, easy and simple. The owner/landlord had all these years to open a case and file an action for trespass, and they did nothing. The fence has been the boundary for all these years. I am the legal owner of the land and fence right where they stand. We never had to go to court. Case Closed. Dwight Bickel is a great lawyer and I highly recommend him. Thanks Dwight !!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Pro bono 20 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Regional Counsel
  • Fidelity National Financial Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Senior Vice President and Counsel
  • Rainier Title
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Senior Vice President
  • Transnation Title
  • 1987 - 2009
  • Vice President
  • Safeco Title Insurance
  • 1982 - 1987
  • Attorney
  • McKee & Harwood
  • 1980 - 1982
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Education

  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Washington Foster School of Business
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Adverse Possession Defense
  • The neighbor's attorney did not know adverse possession law at first, but the evidence with photos, and persuasive educational correspondence, soon led to settlement by an agreement to drop the case and allow the fence to remain.
  • Recovery of Gift Transfer
  • My client got his property back after several days in trial. Pro bono work can be very satisfying!

Associations

  • Washington Land Title Association
  • Chair of Underwriters Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington Land Title Ass'n
  • Director
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Land Title Ass'n
  • Forms Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Washington Land Title Association
  • Chair of Legislative Committee
  • 2006 - 2017
  • Washington Land Title Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Section Committee
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - 1982
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Washington TItle Professional
  • Washington Land TItle Ass'n
  • 2019
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Washington Land Title Association
  • 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Title Insurance Political Action Committee
  • 2005

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Title Insurance Boot Camp
  • TITLE REPORTS AND TITLE INSURANCE
  • 2018
  • WLTA Education Seminar
  • Comparisons and Underwriting Guidelines for ALTA 9s, 28s and 34 Endorsements
  • 2017
  • WLTA Education Seminar
  • Identifying, Curing and Insuring Encroachments
  • 2016
  • New Attorney Seminar
  • Titles Reports and Insurance; Addressing Client’s Prescriptive Rights, Curing Title Defects
  • 2016
  • WLTA Education Seminar
  • Sales during Bankruptcy and Receivership Proceedings
  • 2014
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Transfer on Death Deeds
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Real estate Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dwight has a tremendous depth of knowledge regarding real estate law, and he is as fair and honorable a person as I know."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dwight is a great resource when it comes to real estate title issues and the peripheral issues that surround real estate title."