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April 14, 2021

Effects of pandemic among topics at ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law virtual conference

CHICAGO, April 14, 2021 — 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 33rd Annual RPTE National CLE Conference, which will be held April 21-23.   

33rd Annual RPTE Virtual National CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Wednesday-Friday, April 21-23


Program highlights include:

“Does Your Lease Really Protect Your Clients? Risk Managers Evaluate Liability Insurance, Indemnity, and Waiver Clauses in Leases” — Risk management experts will evaluate typical lease indemnity and liability insurance requirements and provide substantive and practical drafting guidance for practitioners. Topics addressed will include:

  • The division of liability risks between landlord and tenant
  • The liability insurance that the landlord should require from the tenant
  • Gaps in today’s additional insured coverage, and why they’re bad for both parties
  • Waivers and their value (or lack thereof)

Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. CT

“Keep it Clean, Keep it Safe, Keep the Heads in Beds: Guest Safety Issues Arising from COVID-19” — This program will examine the legal issues facing the hospitality business in the current and post-COVID environment. It will:

  • Examine guest safety issues and their impact on a hotel’s liability and profitability, in an environment requiring quick response to rapidly developing safety standards
  • Show how technology and artificial intelligence will continue to impact the hospitality industry and contribute to guest safety measures
  • Consider when and how to modify brand standards to implement the increased laser focus on operations and daily cleaning in the current COVID-19 environment and into the future

Thursday, 1-2 p.m. CT

“Undue Influence and Elder Abuse Allegations Against Spouses, Family Members, and Caregivers” — Vulnerable clients can be prey to those upon whom they depend on for care. This program will explore the issues that may arise in this context, including the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on prevention and discovery. The program will review undue influence cases and provide resources and guidance in the following areas:

  • Factors considered by various courts in recognizing undue influence
  • Recourse in situations involving property transfers and mismanagement of funds
  • Various state laws regarding the ability of financial institutions to assist family members in the protection of vulnerable adults
  • Issues or defenses unique to the spousal relationship

Thursday, 2:30-3:45 p.m. CT

“No Property Left Behind: Does All Real Estate Return to Normal Post-COVID?” — More than a year ago, commercial real estate professionals hoped and expected that the COVID downturn would be sharp but short-lived. A year later, lenders, borrowers, property managers and developers are asking the tougher questions: Can my property return to 2019 performance levels? Have the needs of space users changed permanently? If adaptive reuse is the right choice, how do I get from here to there? A team of national real estate industry experts leads a provocative discussion on what to expect across property types and geographies as we begin to see some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.

Friday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. CT

A complete agenda can be found online.

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

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