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April 30, 2019

Guardianships, Opportunity Zones and coastal development among topics at ABA conference

CHICAGO, April 30, 2019 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments in real property, trust and estate law during the 31st Annual RPTE National CLE Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law on May 9-10 in Boston.

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31st Annual RPTE CLE Conference (formerly known as the Spring Symposia)
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

May 9-10

Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116

Program highlights include:

“Alternatives to Guardianships and Conservatorships” — Guardianship issues may arise in any estate planning representation and can result in removal of an individual’s right to make choices about his or her life. Most states have mandated that less-restrictive alternatives to guardianships be considered before a guardianship is imposed. The panelists will explore:

  • Guardians and conservators, along with their alternatives
  • Supported decision-making
  • Advance care planning and the ABA Commission on Law and Aging’s new “Counseling      Guide for Lawyers”
  • When a specialist attorney is needed

Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

“Opportunity Zones Part I: Maximizing Impact – Issues and Perspectives on How to Structure a Deal” This panel will focus on how Opportunity Zones work and analyze the benefits from tax, economic development, lender and Treasury officials’ perspectives. The panel will include a presentation of actual case studies, a discussion of issues and solutions, as well as a look forward to the effect of additional regulations, revenue procedures and program viability after December 31, 2026.

Friday, 8-9 a.m.

“The Coming Retail Apocalypse: Fact or Fiction?” — A good deal of discussion centers on the coming “retail apocalypse” and how digital platforms will eliminate the great majority of retail-oriented real estate in the coming years. The effect of the digital economy on physical retail is much more nuanced, however, in that the retail landscape itself has changed. Evolving social factors such as a greater desire for experiences as opposed to physical goods, “showrooming,” “omnichannelling” and other circumstances portend not a coming apocalypse but instead a fundamental change in the retail landscape and, of course, the laws affecting it.

Friday, 8-9 a.m.

“Weathering the Storm: ‘Resilient Boston Harbor’ and the Past, Present, and Future of Resiliency in Boston Harbor and Coastal Development in the City of Boston” — In October 2018, Mayor Martin J. Walsh introduced his plan to ensure Boston is ready for the next big storm. The plan, called “Resilient Boston Harbor,” sets forth strategies to enable the city of Boston and neighboring coastal municipalities to fend off rising seas and enable better access to Boston’s 47-mile shoreline. This panel will take a closer look at “Resilient Boston Harbor” and past resiliency efforts impacting Boston Harbor and other affected municipalities.

Friday, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Other highlights include:

  • “Another Boston Tea Party? Navigating Family Law Issues in Trust and Estate Litigation”
  • “Economic Growth Through Zoning Reform: A Tale of Two Cities”
  • “Brilliant Estate Planning You No Longer Need? Unwinding the Plan Due to Death, Divorce or Desire”
  • “Affordable Technology for the RPTE Lawyer: Champagne Technology on a Beer Budget”
  • “Ethical Considerations When Using Appraisers in Transactions and Litigation”

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 [email protected].

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