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
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.
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
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
MBA Legal Chat:
How to Conduct a Mortgage Foreclosure After
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
Faculty: Joe Boynton, Esq., moderator; Ward P. Graham, Esq., WFG
National Title Insurance Company; Reneau J. Longoria, Esq., Doonan,
Graves & Longoria LLC.
here to register for the Real-time Webcast.
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
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.
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
by Alfred Geoffrion Jr.
- Ibanez, Bevilacqua made simple for the
by Thomas L. Guidi
- SJC rejects remedy for purchaser of invalidly foreclosed
by Julie Taylor Moran
here to read the articles.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.