RPTE September eReport


The Section Welcomes New Leadership Members

The 2017–2018 RPTE Section Chair and Officers began their terms immediately following the ABA Annual Meeting. View the newly appointed leaders in this link.

2017-2019 Fellows Announced

The Section is excited to announce the 2017–2019 class of RPTE Fellows. After much discussion, the following individuals have been chosen to represent the Section for the 2017–2019 bar years.

2017 RPTE Law Student Writing Competition Announced

The Section is excited to announce the winners of the 2017 Law Student Writing Contest! Learn who won and the titles of their papers.

Past Student Journal Editor-In-Chief Presented with Award

The Student Editorial Board of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal congratulates this year’s University of South Carolina School of Law Compleat Lawyer Bronze Award recipient and past Student Editor in Chief, Jeffrey D. Hopkins.

ABA Urges Supported Decision-Making as Less Restrictive Alternative to Guardianship

The ABA House of Delegates recently adopted a resolution urging legislatures to, among other things, amend their guardianship statutes to require that supported decision-making be identified and fully considered as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship. Read more here.

Join the Discussion on Social Media

Strengthen and extend your existing network of trusted contacts. Join the discussion and stay connected with RPTE via communities on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Enhance your membership experience and join us today.

FREE Monthly Group and Committee Conference Calls

Group and Committee calls are a complimentary benefit of Section membership and normally are limited to Section members. Prospective members, however, are welcome to join a call without charge to learn more about RPTE Groups and Committees, and how to become involved upon joining the Section.

Articles of Interest  ARTICLES OF INTEREST

real property

Scary Stuff: “Haunted” and “Stigmatized” Real Property

John C. Murray
Just in time for Halloween, Jack Murray provides this update of his article on "haunted" and other "stigmatized" realty.

Team Defense: Landlords Should Pursue Cross-Disciplinary Legal Strategies as Store Closings Explode In 2017

Tony Borich, Brad Yusim, Kristen Boike, and Vince Lazar
This article discusses strategies for landlords facing mass store closings.


trust and estate

Beneficiary's Trust Interest Properly Taken for Beneficiary's Debts Under Modified Trust

John R. Cummins, Timothy W. Dunn & Kate E. Beatty
In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Nevada held that a beneficiary's interest in a trust is subject to the claims of creditors notwithstanding a trust spendthrift clause where the beneficiary had a full right of withdrawal.

Elder Law Insights: Helping Clients Avoid Medicare Pitfalls

Zisl Edelson
Medicare can be complex and confusing for some clients. This article provides an overview of the issues clients may encounter in enrollment, traditional and Medicare Advantage, and rehabilitation in time for Medicare's fall open enrollment period.


Technology & Law Practice Management  TECHNOLOGY AND PRACTICE

Make Life Better: Leveraging Tech

Keith H. Mullen
Practical tips on using technology to improve your practice and your day.

Technology & Law Practice Management  GROUP AND COMMITTEE NEWS

real property

Leasing Group

The Leasing Group addresses legal issues related to the leasing of all types of real property. The Group is comprised of six committees, each focused on a specific substantive area of leasing law and practice, i.e. Retail Leasing, Office Leasing, Industrial and Warehouse Leasing, Ground Leasing, Emerging Issues and Specialty Leases, and Assignment and Subletting. Throughout the year, each of the six committees conducts a one hour substantive telephonic program on a "hot topic" in leasing law (either focused on their substantive area or a topic of generally applicability) and distributes an article as part of a year-long series focused on a general topic selected by the Leasing Group leadership (this year’s theme is Lease Defaults). Leasing Group calls are free and open to all members of the Leasing Group and the articles are distributed to everyone that is part of the Leasing Group’s listserv database.

In addition to our Group calls, the Leasing Group presents the "Nuts and Bolts of Leases." “The Nuts and Bolts of Leases” is a bi-monthly conference call series designed to provide newly practicing lawyers, as well as those new to the leasing field, with a basic understanding of lease provisions and their sometimes unique application to various types of leases. Over the course of the series, the speakers review the key provisions of a commercial lease, from a landlord’s and tenant’s perspective, so that attendees may gain an understanding of the relevant issues.
more about the Group.

trust and estate

Employee Benefit Plans and Other Compensation Arrangements Group

Employee benefits and compensation are critical components of the economic wealth, well-being and welfare of employees and their families. Concurrently, compensation and benefit matters also play a vital role in the ability of businesses to recruit, retain and motivate employees, to structure and execute real estate and other common business transactions and create legal risks for businesses and others involved in employee benefit plan sponsorship and administration. This group focuses on all aspects of employee benefit plans and other compensation arrangements, including issues relating to qualified plans, medical and other welfare plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, the fiduciary responsibilities of plan trustees, plan administrators and other plan fiduciaries, plan administration, plan transactions, plan terminations, and litigation involving this area of practice.
more about the Group.


Group and Committee membership is free to all RPTE members! Learn more about our nine Real Property Groups and seven Trust and Estate Groups. For questions regarding membership, contact Bunny Lee at (312) 988-5651 or bunny.lee@americanbar.org.


Book of the Month

The Advisor's Guide to Long-Term Care

R. David Watros and Erik T. Reynolds

Understand the intricacies of long-term care insurance and be best prepared for counseling your clients about incorporating it into their financial plan. This approachable guide covers all aspects, from the fundamentals to self-funding options, and illustrates important data with concise tables and graphs.

Purchase this book today!

Regular price: $79.95
RPTE member price: $69.95

Book of the Month

A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions: From Contract to Closing, Third Edition

Gregory M Stein, Morton P. Fisher Jr., and Michael D. Goodwin

Understand how to effectively handle a commercial real estate deal with this practical, clearly written guide. Useful for attorneys with all levels of experience in real estate transactions, the authors explain all aspects of a real estate transaction, focusing on the drafting, negotiation, and revision needed to get the deal done.

Purchase this book today!

Regular price: $169.95
RPTE member price: $139.95

Young Lawyers Network  YOUNG LAWYERS NETWORK

2017-2019 Fellows Announced

The Section is excited to announce the 2017–2019 class of RPTE Fellows. After much discussion, the following individuals have been chosen to represent the Section for the 2017–2019 bar years.

Law Students  LAW STUDENTS

Free Law Student Memebership

Dues are FREE for law students enrolled in ABA-approved law schools. Students may join up to five of these groups for FREE!

Downloads  DOWNLOAD


Downloads LEARN ABOUT eReport

The eReport is the bi-monthly electronic publication of the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. It includes practical information for lawyers working in the real property and estate planning fields, together with news on Section activities and upcoming events. The eReport also provides resources for seasoned and young lawyers and law students to succeed in the practice of law.

For further information on the eReport or to submit an article for publication, please contact Robert Steele (Editor), Cheryl Kelly (Real Property Editor), Anta Cisse-Green (Trust and Estate Editor), or RPTE staff members Bryan Lambert or Monica Larys. Are you interested in reading FAQs on how to get published in the eReport? Download the FAQs here. We welcome your suggestions and submissions!