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Baby Boomers, Technology and Ethics Among Topics at ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia

Washington, D.C., APRIL 21, 2011— The economic downturn, the unprecedented change confronting the real estate industry and the aging of the Baby Boomer generation have created significant new challenges and legal issues for lawyers practicing real property law and trust and estate law. These issues are among key topics to be discussed at the _ Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law annual Spring Symposia April 28 – 29 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The latest trends in ethics, technology and practice management are also on the agenda.

The following programs focus on these issues:

“Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group (Part 1) ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’” Panelists will discuss how worldwide demographic changes are affecting wealth planning and tax oversight around the globe. Experts, including a representative from the U.S. Department of Treasury, will review recent legislative developments defining estate, gift and generation-skipping tax laws and planning, drafting and administrative issues in 2011 and beyond.
April 28, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

“Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics Group ‘Teach Your Children Well’” The Brooke Astor case resulted in a criminal conviction for one estate planning attorney and two disciplinary actions against other prominent attorneys. In light of this, panelists will discuss issues involved in the representation of individuals with diminished capacity; dealing with family members in the estate planning scenario; ethical duties when the attorney knows of or suspects diminished capacity; undue influence; and how to say on the right side of the Rules of Professional Conduct in family representation situations.
April 28, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

“’Help Me Make It Through the Night’” – What Estate Planners Need to Know About Elder Law” This program provides a general overview of elder law issues and details what estate planners need to know to properly deliver trust and estate services to aging Baby Boomers. Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security and pension issues, estate planning for seniors, planning for incapacity, the role of the courts and ethical issues are among topics to be discussed.
April 29, 8 – 9 a.m.

“’You’ve Got a Friend’ – What Every Lawyer Should Know About Clients with Disabilities” Panelists with disabilities will discuss how common misconceptions faced by people with disabilities can affect their relationships with lawyers and the legal system and what lawyers need to consider when dealing with clients who are disabled.
April 29, 8 – 9 a.m.

“Practice Management Group – (Part 1) The Positive Side of Social Media; (Part 2) What Every RPTE Lawyer Should Know About Dodd Frank”
Part 1:
A panel will discuss how lawyers can use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Martindale’s Connected to “build their brands” and help their careers.
Part 2
: This program will highlight the major relevant areas of change for the real estate practitioner including major changes in financial institution oversight, mortgage reform and anti-predatory lending provisions and what’s still to come on the regulatory agenda, in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
April 28, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

“Gas Rush: The Current State and Future Development of Natural Gas Production” Panelists will examine legal issues related to natural gas and oil extraction from shale formations via hydraulic fracturing with a particular emphasis on the Marcellus Shale. Panelists will give an overview of environmental concerns related to drilling impacts, especially groundwater contamination, recent enforcement and regulatory initiatives from the EPA, and permitting concerns.
April 28, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

“Security on Steroids: Controlling and Securing Data” A panel will discuss a wide range of issues concerning the security of law firm data including ways to secure confidential data on a firm’s network, understanding the essentials of security, and building multiple redundant defenses to protect data through technology, policies and training.
April 29, 8 – 9 a.m.

“’When I’m Sixty-Four’ – Boomers in Retirement” Techniques used to maximize a sustainable income and special estate planning issues that arise with retirement assets will be discussed by practitioners who specialize in estate planning and retirement distribution strategies. The impact on both traditional and non-traditional couples will be addressed in managing assets in retirement, managing income with spousal considerations and estate planning.
April 29, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

“‘Welcome to the Jungle’ – Health Care Reform Bootcamp” This program will examine key health benefit reforms enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and their impact on Americans, their families and businesses, with an eye to what lawyers need to know.
April 29, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

“’He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ – Contested Guardianships” Panelists will discuss how to deal with dysfunctional families in guardianship and conservatorship cases as well as handling interstate jurisdictional issues, multi-generational concerns and cases of multiple marriages arising in guardianship and conservatorship cases.
April 29, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

“Giving Back the Keys: Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure” A panel will examine the legal and business issues associated with a consensual transfer of commercial real property from a borrower to its lender in full or partial satisfaction of a debt.
April 29, 2:45 – 4 p.m.

Additional information as well as a link to the full agenda can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Alexandra Buller at . There is no charge for media to attend this event.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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