A Message from the RPTE Chair, Roger D. Winston
Click here to read Roger's first eReport communication of the new bar year.
Section Nominations Committee
For a list of the Section's 2009-2010 Nominations Committee members and the Section officer and council positions that are to be elected at the 2010 Section Annual Meeting, please click here.
Split-Dollar Insurance and the Closely Held Business
Larry Brody, Richard Harris and Martin M. Shenkman
The Disposition of Digital Assets: Estate Planning Potential NOT Just Propaganda
Final IRC Section 2053 Regulations
Steve Akers summarizes and analyzes three recent decisions concerning the transfer of partnership interests in varying circumstances and the interpretation of IRC section 2036 in all three cases and valuation discounts in two of the cases. Estate of Malkin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2009-12, Estate of Murphy, W.D. Ark, and Keller v. U.S., S.D. Tex. In a fourth decision, he summarizes and analyzes Pierre v. Commissioner, 133 T.C. No. 2, which concerns the issue of whether the transfers, for gift tax purposes, of interests in a single member LLC to trusts are transfers of the entity or transfers of the underlying assets.
A lender holding two mortgages or deeds of trust on the same property may face some difficult issues on foreclosure. Brian Hulse previews a much longer article that will appear in the December issue of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal. Read more here.
Marlene S. Gomez analyzes recent legislation and varying approaches to address environmental contamination left over from former methamphetamine laboratories. Click here to read.
Marlene S. Gomez
MERS' Standing to Foreclose Upheld in Rhode Island State Court Challenge
Jeffrey H. Gladstone and David J. Pellegrino
Separate Property v. Property of the Estate: Determination of Rights in Funds When a 1031 Intermediary Exchange Files Chapter 11
Katie Graves Williams
Congress Passes Tax Relief through 2010 for Solvent Debtors Holding Real Estate
Join a Committee Today!
RPTE members can join a group or committee (or several) online here. For questions regarding membership, contact the Section at (312)988-5651 or email Bunny Lee at Bunny.Lee@americanbar.org.
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article for the eReport?
If you have something to say, and would like your article considered for the eReport, simply email Susan Talley, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Technology and Law Practice Management
Top Ten Twitter Tools
Nearly 500 individuals participated in the free webinar, "Why Twitter Matters to Lawyers," part of the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels series. Often referred to as a microblogging tool, Twitter has steadily increased in popularity, even among lawyers, a typically wordy group. Click here to see the Top Ten Twitter Tools.
Trust and Estate CLE
Passwords and Personalty: Planning and Pitfalls in the Disposition of Tangible and Quasi-Tangible Property
Date: November 10, 2009
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. Central
Real Property CLE
Wind Energy Development: Real-Estate Related Legal Issues with Wind Energy
Date: November 18, 2009
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. Central
Group & Committee News
Charitable Planning and Organizations Group
The Group is working on comments in response to the Treasury Department's proposed regulations governing supporting organizations. This project will focus on the proposed regulations' effectiveness and thoroughness in bringing clarity to the significant changes made to supporting organizations by the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Please contact any of our Group's leadership to become involved in this project. To read more on the Group, click here.
TRUST AND ESTATE
Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group
The Group concentrates its efforts on issues involving trust, estate and fiduciary litigation matters. To read more about this Group's activities, click here.
Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interest Development Group
The Group continues its quarterly Hot Topics conference calls and education efforts. Click here to find out more information. Read more here.
The Special Investors and Investment Structure Group
The Group's focus this year is on providing value to its committee members. To this end, the Group has instituted several communication initiatives and has planned substantive conference calls and programs. Click here for more.
Young Lawyers Network
Get Published in Your Field
A great benefit to being a member of the Young Lawyers Network is the chance to be published and gain visibility in your field. You could be chosen to write a column for the RPTE Section's flagship magazine, Probate & Property, or the eReport. Click here for more information.
Student liaison, Will Hudson, has posted a message on real estate law societies. For more click here.