Continuing Legal Education

Real Estate Transactions: Beyond the Ordinary and Mundane and Interactive Ethics and Professionalism

June 5, 2014
8:50 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
5.75 MCLE hours, including 3.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Real Estate Law

Lombard
Lindner Conference Center
(Located on the Northern Seminary Campus)
610 E. Butterfield Road
(map and directions)


Stay informed on the current developments and trends in the real estate practice area with this full-day program!


Don’t miss this two-topic seminar that deals with non-traditional real estate transactions encountered by real estate attorneys and the ethical issues that abound in today’s legal environmental! Real estate attorneys and general practitioners with intermediate practice experience who attend this full-day seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • The issues facing attorneys who represent grantees, including probate and non-probate estate conveyances, due diligence matters, environmental assessments, zoning issues, and title insurance;
  • The issues that can arise with short sales, HUD sales and auction sales, including condo due diligence, subdivision and Plat Act requirements, and improvement inspections; and
  • Best practice solutions for dealing with uncivil, rude, or inappropriate behavior during civil litigation.

The program concludes with an in-depth interactive discussion in which our panel presenters examine the ethical issues transactional attorneys face on a daily basis. Attendees are given the opportunity to submit questions and concerns prior to the program (during registration), which will also be interactively discussed by the panel and audience.

Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinators:
Robert J. Duffin, First American Title Insurance Company, Warrenville
Michael L. English, Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke PC, Princeton
Myles L. Jacobs, Brumund, Jacobs, Hammel, Davidson & Andreano, LLC, Joliet
Ted M. Niemann, Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu, & Mitchell, LLP, Quincy

Program Moderator:
Joel L. Chupack, Heinrich & Kramer, P.C., Chicago

 

Attendees are requested to submit questions, comments, and suggested points of discussion for the afternoon ethics panel prior to the seminar date, which can be submitted electronically when registering online or by contacting Myles Jacobs or Michael English.

 

Agenda

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
Joel L. Chupack, Heinrich & Kramer, P.C., Chicago

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Court-Ordered and Related Conveyances
This panel discussion explores a number of issues facing attorneys who represent grantees and purchasers in connection with judicial/sheriff sales, tax sales, court-ordered sales, and court-related sales. Topics include probate and non-probate estate conveyances; partitions and real estate lien enforcement actions; instruments of conveyance and court orders involved in conveyances; due diligence matters; environmental assessments; zoning issues; title insurance; ALTA surveys; Plat Act requirements; and more.
Joel L. Chupack, Heinrich & Kramer, P.C., Chicago
Myles L. Jacobs, Brumund, Jacobs, Hammel, Davidson & Andreano, LLC, Joliet
Erica C. Minchella, Erica Crohn Minchella Ltd., Skokie

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Non-Court-Ordered and Non-Court-Related Conveyances
This in-depth presentation examines the issues attorneys face when representing buyers in connection with short sales, HUD sales and auction sales, including instruments of conveyance. Title insurance, ALTA surveys, environmental assessments, condo due diligence, subdivision and Plat Act requirements, zoning issues, and improvement inspections are discussed.
Karen G. Courtney, Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Funds, Inc., Chicago
Dorothy Seaborg, Attorney at Law, Lockport
Philip J. Vacco, Philip J. Vacco, Plainfield

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Professionalism and Civility*
Take advantage of this opportunity to view professionalism and civility from the perspective of judges who deal with such issues on a day-to-day basis. Topics include: unprofessional behavior; prejudice; rudeness; strategic incivility; and inappropriate behavior exhibited by attorneys in civil litigation. Solutions are suggested for dealing with the issues presented by this type of conduct.
Hon. Robert J. Baron (ret.), Mahoney Silverman & Cross, LLC, Joliet
Hon. Mitchell L Hoffman, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Waukegan

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Ethics for Transactional Attorneys*
Don’t miss this interactive discussion regarding the ethical issues that transactional attorneys face on a daily basis, including those encountered by the audience attorneys.
Michael L. English, Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke PC, Princeton
Myles L. Jacobs, Brumund, Jacobs, Hammel, Davidson & Andreano, LLC, Joliet
Michael J. Rooney, Executive Director, Illinois Institute on Continuing Legal Education, Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.  Ethics for Transactional Attorneys (Continued)*
The interactive discussion continues with an audience analysis of various fact scenarios presented by the panel. Audience questions and issues submitted to the panel prior to the seminar are also discussed.
Michael L. English, Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke PC, Princeton
Myles L. Jacobs, Brumund, Jacobs, Hammel, Davidson & Andreano, LLC, Joliet
Michael J. Rooney, Executive Director, Illinois Institute on Continuing Legal Education, Chicago
 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval