Probate & Property 1998 Theme Calendar

To encourage readers to write articles for the magazine and to assist Section committees in planning their publication projects, Probate & Property has adopted the following editorial theme calendar for 1998. Each issue will include one or two property articles and one or two probate and trust articles related to the issue's themes but will also include other articles of general interest. Suggested article topics are listed with the themes, but the editors will consider all articles related to a theme.

Publication deadlines require that articles editors receive drafts of articles several months before publication of an issue. The magazine's "Memorandum for Authors" gives more details on the format, length and style of the articles. The memorandum may be obtained from the Section office.

Readers are invited to submit articles for consideration, both on the listed themes and on other topics.


January/February Leasing: Chain retail leasing; warehouse and industrial leasing; 7/15/97
security deposits; good faith approvals; damages and remedies; mitigation duties; CAM charges; SNDAs; bankruptcy issues.

Retirement/Disability Planning: Income tax planning for the elderly; social security and SSI eligibility; assisted living facilities; elderly abuse and neglect; Medicare, Medicaid and HMOs; guardianships and conservatorships; special and supplemental needs trusts.

March/April Exotic Real Estate: Planning, acquiring, developing, redeveloping, 9/1/97
project financing, leasing and operating unusual types of real estate, including entertainment, hospitality and convention facilities, sports facilities, power plants, airports and heliports, hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, marinas, museums, cellular transmission sites and cemeteries.

Basic Estate Planning: Drafting wills and revocable trusts; alternatives to probate; trusts for minors and disabled beneficiaries; fiduciary accounting; discretionary distributions from trusts; drafting for flexibility; powers of appointment.

May/June Title Insurance: Fraud and forgery; claims procedures; creditors' 11/15/97
rights; multistate/multiproperty transactions; surveys; form differences; registered land (Torrens system); underwriting software; title information on the Internet; national services.

Employee and Retirement Benefits Planning: ERISA fiduciary issues; employee stock ownership plans; welfare benefit plans; distributions from retirement plans and IRAs; IRA rollovers; divorce and retirement plans; plan terminations and mergers; executive compensation.

July/August Law Practice Management/Technology: Back to basics; training 12/15/97
associates; ethics; alternative billing and ethical issues for billings; changing law firms; conflicts in the '90s; managing outside counsel; technology in law practice; multistate practice; using the Internet; research tools.

September/October Nonprofits and For Profit Institutions as Real Estate Owners and 3/15/98
Operators: Donating real estate to charity; nonprofit owners; public/private development; ad valorem taxes; what corporate general counsel needs to know about real estate; managing multi- state locations; managing multiple local counsel; standardized lease and purchase forms.

Tax Planning: Generation-skipping tax issues; marital deduction; lifetime gifts; foreign trusts; taxation of resident and nonresident aliens; estate planning for business owners; estate planning for farmers and ranchers; family limited partnerships; valuation planning and litigation; tax audits and litigation; state death taxes; state fiduciary income taxes.

November/ Land Use/Growth Management: Takings; open space preservation; 5/15/98
December urban growth boundaries; historic preservation; shorelines; public rights in private property; Indian tribes as developers.

Charitable Planning/Nonprofit Organizations: Obtaining tax- exempt status; supporting organizations; community foundations; donor advised funds; charitable remainder trusts; charitable lead trusts; charitable gift annuities; charitable income tax deduction; private operating foundations; giving unique assets to charity; unrelated business income tax; S corporations and tax-exempt organizations.

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