Practice Resources

February 2012

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From left to right: Property Law Section Chair Thomas L. Guidi and Vice Chair Michael G. Gatlin.

Note from Property Law Leadership

Check out our web page at Property Law.

Add the section's web page to your favorites. Property law articles and helpful links to other web sites are available there. We have also just started posting announcements and other items of interest in the "blog" section (i.e. online dockets, free video programs, condominium superpriority lien information). We hope to keep it timely and useful; your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Thomas L. Guidi, chair       
Michael G. Gatlin, vice chair
Property Law Section Council

Upcoming Property Law Section Council meeting

As a member of the Property Law section, you are invited to attend the Property Law Section Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

Click here to R.S.V.P.


As a member of this section, you can check the web page calendar for meeting dates and other important information here.

Section members are encouraged to network and discuss pending issues from legislation, statutes, resolutions, cases and reports and are urged to alert the section/division council of any legislation, statutes, resolutions, cases and reports which might require our attention. Click here to contact section council members.

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Property Law MBA On Demand programs

Attend the following free legal chat programs available to all Property Law Section Members. NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

MBA Legal Chat: How to Conduct a Mortgage Foreclosure After Ibanez
Tuesday, Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Property Law Section

Foreclosing mortgages has become a practice area filled with potential missteps that had not been perceived by the courts until recently. Our guests will walk through this minefield, taking the viewer through the process from start to finish. Guidance for the foreclosing attorney, buyer's counsel, and the title examiner will be provided.

Faculty: Joe Boynton, Esq., moderator; Ward P. Graham, Esq., WFG National Title Insurance Company; Reneau J. Longoria, Esq., Doonan, Graves & Longoria LLC.

Click here to register for the Real-time Webcast.

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MBA Legal Chat: Handling Short Sales

Tuesday, March 20, 4-5 p.m.
Sponsored by the Property Law Section

When a landowner with no equity just has to sell, or a foreclosure is imminent, attempting to get the mortgage lender(s) to take the net proceeds and discharge the mortgage for less than payment in full is an avenue that should be travelled. But how do you find the right person to talk to? How can one best negotiate on behalf of the seller? What does one need to know to protect the buyer?

Our guests will discuss these questions and more as we cover this topic from start to finish.

Faculty: Joe Boynton, Esq., moderator; Arthur David Brecher, Esq., Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox & Bolan LLP; Amanda Zuretti, Esq., Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company.

Click here to register for the Real-time Webcast.


If you have difficulty downloading this program, please contact Andrew D. Gorman, education coordinator, at [e-mail agorman] or (617) 338-0540
. To access more free legal chats, click here.


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January Lawyers Journal features Property Law articles

Check out the articles in the January Lawyers Journal specifically written for the real estate attorney:

  • Summary process -- determining validity of title standing after foreclosure
    by Alfred Geoffrion Jr.
  • Ibanez, Bevilacqua made simple for the non-conveyancer
    by Thomas L. Guidi
  • SJC rejects remedy for purchaser of invalidly foreclosed property
    by Julie Taylor Moran

Click here to read the articles.

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Property Law Section Council meeting minutes approved

The Property Law Section Council has approved the minutes from the December 2011 Property Law Section Council meeting for distribution to all section members. The approved minutes from the section council meetings will continue to appear in the Property Law newsletter as well as on the Property Law Section Web page.

We urge you to keep read the meeting minutes as they are a great source of information on the issues being discussed at the section council meetings throughout the year -- issues that are important and essential to your property law practice. The minutes include legislative proposals coming before the section council and updates, cases discussed during the meeting ( i.e. NREIS case), proposed CLE topics, upcoming webcasts and recent developments in the practice. We also urge you to volunteer for any task forces and/or subcommittees, which you may read about in the minutes.

Click here to read the approved minutes.

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MBA leverages billboards, YouTube videos to raise awareness on court funding

As Massachusetts nears its state budget process for FY 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a high profile awareness campaign on the effects of underfunded courts. The statewide effort is geared toward the commonwealth's general public.

Through a billboard campaign (which began Monday, Jan. 16) the association aims to grab the average citizen's attention to reinforce that court funding does impact him or her. The MBA's message is showcased on billboards in Greater Boston, along I-93 in Dorchester and Medford; in Worcester along I-290 and in Fall River along Rt. 24.

The billboard message directs passersby to the MBA Web site -- www.massbar.org. Included on the MBA's site is informational materials on court funding as well as resources citizens and members of the legal community can reference when reaching out to their respective legislators on this important issue.

As part of the informational on-line package, public service announcement-style videos can be viewed. The videos highlight the negative impact of inadequate court funding through the perspective of judicial leadership, attorneys, academic leaders and court staff.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick is expected to release his version of the FYI 13 budget later this month, while both the House and Senate will begin their budget debates in April and May respectively.

Click here to learn more.

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Put your name out there

The goal of section councils is to offer members opportunities for professional growth and development through participation in section activities. One opportunity available to section members is publishing articles which are of interest to fellow practitioners. The MBA provides several forums for articles by section members - Lawyers Journal and the Massachusetts Law Review.  

If you are interested in writing an article for any of these publications or if you have seen articles which you think may be of interest to other Property Law Section members, please contact Jean Stevens for more information regarding this opportunity.

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The MBA is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Join the conversation today

The Massachusetts Bar Association now has a presence on three social networking platforms, including Facebook, launched in October 2010, LinkedIn, launched in January 2010, and Twitter, launched in July 2009. All three social media platforms feature information about the MBA including CLE, events and news.

As an MBA member, we encourage you to both post items of interest to you, and the greater legal community, on these pages and comment on items already posted.

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