Section News


The dates for the Section's 1996 Spring CLE and Committee Meeting have been changed to May 16-17, 1996. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency in San Diego, California. As in the past, this meeting will feature programs on many timely topics and will give members an opportunity to meet with their committees and other lawyers in your field from around the Country. Information about the meeting will be sent to all Section Members in January.

ON-LINE PROVIDER INFORMATION The Legal Technology Resource Center has added a new service on its clearinghouse hot-line to assist members in selecting an on-line provider. Members may wonder where to go for access to the internet and e-mail since the Association ended its contract with AT&T on August 31, 1995. AT&T will continue to offer e-mail services, however, the LTRC clearinghouse can help you determine which on-line service will best meet your needs.

VISIT THE SECTION ON THE WIDE WORLD WEB The ABA and the Section are "on the Web" now. We will be updating and adding information regularly so, come visit our site and see what the Section has to offer. You can find our homepage at http:/ If you have any suggestions or questions regarding our website, please send an e-mail message to or call (312) 988-5260.

LISTSERVS There are currently four listservs run by Section members on the Internet, they are a follows:

  • HOMEFORUM: Homeforum is the discussion group of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. The Forum was created to provide an interdisciplinary location for real estate, business, tax, land use and other lawyers to share their interests and concerns about affordable housing. Homeforum was started this year to facilitate communication among members. However, the list is open, and not restricted at this time to the Forum's members.
  • DIRT: DIRT is a real estate lawyers' discussion group. The purpose is to exchange commentary and information concerning legal issues affecting transactions in real estate. The list consists primarily of attorneys in private practice and law professors specializing in real estate matters. We also have some real estate brokers and attorneys with public agencies and banks.
  • ABA-PTL: The Probate Division of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association is proud to announce the July 31st official opening of a new Internet listserv called "ABA-PTL" (stands for Probate & Trust Law). It is for Section members only so they can discuss estate planning and administration issues by electronic e-mail.
  • LLC-NET: LNET-LLC This is a discussion of limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and other unincorporated business entities by lawyers and certified public accountants including professors, law students and graduate students in accounting.
For more information and instructions on how to subscribe, visit our Discussion List page

THIRD PARTY AND SELF-CREATED TRUSTS The Section has just released a new book entitled "Third Party and Self-Created Trusts: A Lawyer's Comprehensive Reference" by Clifton B. Kruse, Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The book discusses the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and its effect on self-settled trusts and trusts created by third parties for the benefit of older persons or persons who are disabled, or both. This book can be purchased for $64.95 through the ABA Order fulfillment Department (312) 988-5555. (Product Code Number 543:0364) or use the online order form.

CURRENT PROBATE DECISIONS AND LEGISLATION The A-1 Significant Current Legislation and the A-2 Significant Current Decisions Committees of the Probate and Trust Division have completed their report Current Probate Decisions and Legislation, 1995 Edition. This important work gives brief descriptions of all significant legislation and decisions in the area of trusts and estates during 1994. Copies of this report can be obtained by calling the ABA's Service Center at (312)988-5522 or sending an e-mail to The cost is $11.95 plus tax where required (Product Code Number 543:0365. The current committee chairs of A-1 and A-2 are James L. Boring of Vienna, Virginia and Alan F. Rothschild, Jr. of Columbus, Georgia respectively.


There was an error in the "Section News Article" of the September/October issue of Probate & Property. The newly elected Assistant Secretary for the Probate and Trust Division is Steve R. Akers of Dallas, Texas.

Probate & Property Magazine is published six times annually and is included in section members' annual dues.