RPTE Welcomes New Chair and Officers for 2010-2011 Bar Year
The ceremonial transfer of new RPTE leadership for the 2010-2011 bar year took place at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. New leadership members officially begin their positions on September 1, 2010. View a list of the Section's newly appointed officers and a message from Alan Rothschild, 2010-2011 Section Chair.
Join Us in Toronto, Ontario for the RPTE/Taxation Joint Fall CLE Meeting
Network with colleagues, participate in trust and estate CLE programs and discuss the latest federal tax policies on September 23-25, 2010. View meeting details here.
Another Successful Skills Training for Estate Planners CLE Program
Attendees had praise for this year’s Skills Training for Estate Planners CLE program in New York City on July 12-16, 2010. The 5-day intensive program for both young and transitioning trust and estate lawyers covered estate planning fundamentals and substantive skills development, hands-on tax preparation to learn new tax law and ethics training for practical settings. Speakers included Emory Law School Professor Jeffrey Pennell and several members of RPTE leadership. Click here to learn more .
Missouri Federal Court Sets Aside Tax Sale in Favor of MERS
In this article, Dana Fidazzo analyzes the recent decision in Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. ("MERS"), et al v. Robert Bellistri and its impact on MERS' right to receive notice of tax sales affecting properties in which MERS has an interest.
Lender's Lien Survives Despite Faulty Acknowledgement
Katie Graves Williams
Chalk one up for the lender! Read more about how the mortgagee side stepped a bankruptcy avoidance effort in this article by Katie Graves Williams.
Who's On First: The Mortgage Servicer's Standing to Bring Suit
Samuel H. Levine
Samuel H. Levine discusses a recent case which delves into the ever-murky terrain of who has standing to foreclose a mortgage or assert a claim based on a mortgage in the mortgage-backed securities arena.
Federal Estate Tax Update and Planning Considerations for 2010
State Death Taxes in Uncertain Times
Susan K. Dromsky-Reed, Ryan M. Harding and Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen
Special Needs Trusts Basics
Inheritance Rights for Children of Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Kiara Gorski and Laura Twomey
New Developments in Assisted Reproductive Technology and Their Effects on Estate Planning
Steven H. Snyder
Select Issues in Estate and Trust Administration
John A. Terrill, II, Esq. and Rebecca Wallenfelsz
Private Foundations in Transition: Governance Issues in 2010
Grace Allison, Janne G. Gallagher and Ramsay H. Slugg
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A Special Thank You to Susan Talley
As Robert Steele takes on the role of eReport Editor, we bid farewell to Susan Talley, Editor Emeritus. Read about Susan's contributions to the eReport here.
Technology and Law Practice Management
BlackBerry Applications for Lawyers
From law dictionaries to email dictations, Smartphone applications have allowed "on the go" lawyers to stay up-to-date with their practice. Click here to read reviews on these applications.
Trust & Estate CLE
Are Single-Member LLCs a Ticking Time-Bomb for Asset Protection?
Date: August 24, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Central
Ethical Issues in Estate Planning for Pet Owners
Date: November 9, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Central
Thank You to Our Annual Meeting Sponsors
We greatly appreciate the support of our 2010 ABA Annual Meeting sponsors!
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Law Firm Sponsor
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
Group & Committee News
Ground Leasing Committee
The Ground Leasing Committee, which greatly exceeded its 2010 membership goals, is currently seeking volunteers for two upcoming projects. For more information on these opportunities, click here.
From participating in three programs at the 2010 Spring Symposia to preparing a handful of upcoming eCLE's, the Leasing Group has had a very active year so far. Read more about the Group's activities here.
TRUST & ESTATE
Employee Benefit Plans and Other Compensation Arrangements Group
This Group has been very busy in the recent months due to the successful expansion of their committee calls. These calls have also been supplemented by "study calls" in which members address areas of immediate concern. Click here to read more news from this Group.
Young Lawyers Network
Welcome RPTE 2010-2012 Fellows
Congratulations to the 2010-2012 class of fellows! The Fellows Program was created to give young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of the Section, while developing into future leaders. Click here to see the new class roster.
Young Lawyers CLE Programs at Joint Fall Meeting
Join the Young Lawyers Network (YLN) and the Tax Section's Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) at the RPTE/Taxation Joint Fall CLE meeting on September 24, 2010. Young lawyers are encouraged to attend this Friday afternoon program. Click here to learn more.
Calling All Law Students!
Discover the many benefits of your RPTE Section law student membership. From free meeting registration to the RPTE law student writing contest, the Section has ample opportunities for your involvement. Click here to read more about law student membership.
Join a Committee Today!
RPTE members can join a group or committee (or several) online at www.abanet.org/rpte/join. For questions regarding membership, contact the Section at (312) 988-5651 or email Bunny Lee at Bunny.Lee@americanbar.org.