April 10, 2017

International leasing, land use and irrevocable trusts among topics at ABA conference

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2017 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments for real property, trust and estate lawyers during the 29th Annual Spring Symposia hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law on April 20-21 in Denver. 

29th Annual Spring Symposia
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

April 20-21

Four Seasons Hotel
1111 ­14th St.
Denver, CO 80202

Program highlights include:

“What to Do When Your Client Asks for Advice on Leases Outside the United States” — This program provides a practical overview of the differences between leasing practices in the U.S. and other countries likely to be encountered by U.S. attorneys. International panelists will focus on what practitioners, whether representing landlords or tenants, should be aware of in global leasing matters, and how to avoid unexpected surprises.

Thursday, 8-9 a.m., Cottonwood Ballroom B.

“Residential Development and Assured Water Supply Laws in the American West” — The population explosion in the American West, particularly in places like Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix, has driven demand for larger and more resource-intensive developments. In order to maintain the growth projected over the next century, states across the American West have implemented “Assured Water Supply Laws” to ensure an adequate water supply will be available to proposed developments. This program will compare and contrast assured water supply laws across 11 states in the American West, analyze several recent large-scale residential developments in Colorado and beyond, and explore how these laws have or have not impacted real estate development.

Thursday, 1:45-3 p.m., Cottonwood Ballroom B.

“Novel (and Not So Novel) Approaches to Adapt an Irrevocable Trust to Meet Today’s Needs” —  The program will outline different methods available in a modern practitioner’s tool box to modify, update or sculpt an existing irrevocable trust to meet an evolving family’s needs and planning. A trust may be “irrevocable” in that the settlor may not change its terms or demand return of trust property, but there are methods available under applicable law that may allow for a trust to be adapted in order to address changes in circumstances or planning needs. This panel will discuss several methods to modify irrevocable trusts and examine when they are available, the benefits and goals they can achieve and how trust modifications may be treated for income and transfer tax purposes. 

Friday, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room ELM.

Other highlights include:

  • “Do Acquisitions by Private Pipeline Companies Pass Constitutional Muster – North Dakota and Trans-Pecos Projects: Can They Really Do That? What is the Public Purpose?”

  • “Contracts and Closings in the Cloud – The Effect of Technology on Real Estate Transactions”

  • “How to Find Solutions for Failing Condominium and Timeshare Projects”

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free for members of the press. For media credentialing and more information, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or Jennifer.Kildee@americanbar.org.

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