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May 06, 2020

ABA Section of Real Property Trust and Estate Law to host virtual spring conference

CHICAGO, May 6, 2020 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments – including COVID-19 related issues – in real property, trust and estate law during the 32nd Annual RPTE National CLE Conference, to be held as an online event featuring 35 programs on May 14-15.   

32nd Annual RPTE CLE Conference – The Virtual Experience
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

May 14-15


Program highlights include:

“The Forever Chemicals and Other Emerging and Not-So-New Environmental Issues”

— Hear about the experiences of a real estate lawyer, an environmental lawyer and an environmental consultant who evaluate potential risks associated with issues such as:

  • PFAS, PFOA and other so-called forever chemicals
  • Vapor intrusion
  • Historic property contamination
  • Drinking water
  • Mold
  • Wetlands

Thursday, 9-10 a.m. CDT

“Toss the Blue-Backs and Sealing Wax, Electronic Wills Are Here! Or Are They?” ­– The Uniform Law Commission has approved the new Uniform Electronic Wills Act, and at least four states have adopted e-wills statutes in various forms. Websites for will preparation and will registration already exist. Wills signed on phones and tablets have been admitted to probate. Both technology and the laws affecting the validity of wills are changing rapidly, with potential major impacts on attorneys’ practices and relationships with clients.

Thursday, 3:15-4:15 p.m. CDT

“Advising Tenants in Co-Working Space ‘Leases’” – Co-working space has become an important alternative to traditional office space leases. While there are many benefits to these arrangements, there are also significant downsides in entering into these non-lease “memberships,” which are typically nonnegotiable. Panelists will discuss the risks and advantages of co-working space over traditional office leases.

Friday, 9-10 a.m. CDT

“Exploring Religion and Diversity in Estate Planning” – Estate plans are very personal and crafted to fit an individual’s assets, family and values. This program will explore how religion can inform estate planning decisions involving various matters, including:

  • Spousal rights
  • Order of inheritance
  • Living will directions
  • Burial directions
  • Investment directions
  • Estate expenses

Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT

“You Don’t Have to Be A Superhero: Ethical Implications of Stress, Burnout and Substance Abuse” ­– Burnout and substance abuse are serious problems in the legal community.  Our panelists will discuss lawyer burnout, which often leads to substance abuse and suicide, and how to avoid it.

Friday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. CDT

“Women Rainmakers: How Did She Do That?” – More than 50% of law school graduates are women. Yet, the success at the top is still more difficult to achieve for women lawyers regardless of their practice settings. This session will go over techniques and skills that will help women lawyers overcome commonly identified hindering factors.

Friday, 2:45-3:45 p.m. CDT

A complete agenda can be found online. Note that all times listed are in the Central time zone.

This event is free for members of the press. Registration includes access to on-demand recordings of all events. For media credentialing and more information, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or [email protected].

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