Lincoln County, Mo., awards contract to Landata Technologies Inc. for Landata e-STAR Plus™, an enhanced electronic document land management system

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HOUSTON (May 17, 2005) - Lincoln County, located northwest of St. Louis in east central Missouri, has awarded a contract to Landata Technologies Inc. for Landata e-STAR Plus, a comprehensive Solution for Total Automation of Records for county clerks and recorders.

"As the fastest-growing county in Missouri, Lincoln County has an obligation to serve our taxpayers and also to handle our growth for the future," said Dottie Crenshaw, Lincoln County Recorder of Deeds. "We have thoroughly researched the software vendors for this type of system and have found nothing but positive reports on the e-STAR technology."

"The County Technology Fund gives us an opportunity to make this change and impact the general revenue fund for less than one-third of the cost," said Crenshaw. The County Technology Fund was created by the Missouri legislature in July 2001 to assist counties in the purchase of computer hardware and software via a per-document recording fee.

"This new system will take us to the next level of technology and impact legal and revenue issues positively, both for the taxpaying public and for the county government," said Crenshaw.

"This will be our first installation in Missouri, and we are honored by the Lincoln County Commissioners to be awarded this contract," said Alan Cellura, president and chief executive officer, Landata Technologies. "In the two years this comprehensive rules-based system has been in use, we have seen incredible efficiencies in offices where county recorders have implemented it - both in helping counties handle higher workloads and in cutting costs."

This is a full e-STAR Plus installation in Lincoln County, including modules for recordation, electronic recording and electronic commerce and data warehousing; all of which provide for cashiering, document imaging, indexing, public access and disaster recovery.

"The e-recording capability of the system benefits a county by reducing operating costs and improving client services," added Cellura. "The e-recording module, Landata e-Recording System (LERS), is the most cost-effective approach for counties in contrast to other vendor alternatives. It seamlessly integrates submitters to the county's e-STAR system and is a no-cost alternative for the county."

Lincoln County was the 75th fastest-growing county in the United States during the period from April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2004, with a 17.6 percent growth rate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With a total population of 50,000, it was the only county in the St. Louis metropolitan area to make the fastest-growing list for that four-year period.

About Landata Technologies Inc.

Landata Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp., offers Landata e-STAR Plus™ (an end-to-end solution that manages land records), document conversion services (document / film scanning and indexing), e-recording and data warehousing with e-commerce to government entities and title companies.

About Stewart

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) is a technology driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 7,800 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at www.stewart.com.

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