2018 REBA Annual Meeting & Conference
Monday, November 5, 2018
.Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
1125 Boston-Providence Highway
Norwood, MA

REBA's all-day 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference includes 10 hour-long, RIMCLE-accredited breakout sessions, as well as a networking luncheon and plenary session. To register, complete the form on the last page of the Conference Brochure and return it with payment to the REBA office. You may also register online or by phone at (617) 854-7555. A few highlights of this program include…




Bob Ryan, a sportswriter formerly for The Boston Globe and a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters,” will provide the keynote address at the conference luncheon. Well-known for his coverage of the sport, including his famous stories of the Boston Celtics in the 1970’s, Bob has been described as 'the quintessential American sportswriter’ and a basketball guru. Since his retirement, he continues to write on a part-time basis as a columnist emeritus. He also remains a regular on ESPN's "Around the Horn" and occasionally guest hosts "Pardon the Interruption."




The 2018 Richard B. Johnson Award will be presented to Diane C. Tillotson, a Partner at the Boston office of Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, and a past-president of REBA. This lifetime achievement award recognizes the recipient’s outstanding and selfless contributions to advancing the practice of real estate law.  Award recipients have included members of the judiciary, former officers of the Association, distinguished real estate lawyers, and members of the Land Court’s legal staff and judiciary.



  The following hour-long educational breakout sessions are accredited by the RIMCLE for up to 240 minutes of general credits:
  eClosings: Preparing for the Future
Richard Bramhall; James M. Czapiga; Tucker Dulong
With lenders, home buyers, GSEs (including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), and other stakeholders seeking ways to save time, reduce costs, and increase efficiency, the landscape of a traditional residential real estate closing is transforming. From the borrower’s initial loan application through, and including, recording and post-closing, it is now possible in many jurisdictions to complete a transaction without generating a single piece of paper. Several states have enacted legislation permitting remote online notarization, which allows the signor and notary to be in different locations during an acknowledgement.  In this session, we will discuss the practical and legal implications of this shift towards eClosings and what this will mean for your practice in the future.
  Gallivan v. ZBA of Wellesley Ten Years Later: A Retrospective on Appeals of Building Permits 
  Daniel P. Dain; Diane C. Tillotson
  Join our panelists for a discussion of the judicial decisions in the ten years following Gallivan v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals of Wellesley, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 850 (2008). In Gallivan, the Appeals Court interpreted the relevant provisions of G. L. c. 40A, §§ 7 & 8 to bar an abutter’s challenge to a building permit, where the abutter had notice of the application for the building permit and an appeal to the local zoning board of appeals was not filed within 30 days of the issuance of the permit. A subsequent enforcement action is not available to such an abutter. The Supreme Judicial Court confirmed this rule in Connors v. Annino, and there have been many trial and appellate-level decisions since Gallivan applying its holding to different fact patterns. The discussion will address the Gallivan rule itself, the reasoning behind the rule, subsequent decisions and what remains undecided ten years after the Appeals Court first handed down the Gallivan decision in 2008.
  MUTC: What Is It Good For?
  Leo J. Cushing; Melanie E. Kido; Sara Ann K. Supple
  Our experts in estate planning and real estate conveyancing will address issues that arise when real estate is held by a trust and how to properly vest title to real property in a trust for estate planning.  The benefit of the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code for estate planning concerns and resolving title issues are topics vital to both real estate practitioners and estate planning law firms and our panel will guide us through the new law.
  Practical Considerations When Foreclosing a Condominium Lien
  Kate Moran Carter; Christopher S. Malloy; Melissa B. Morrow
  Foreclosing a condominium lien presents challenges for condominium associations, mortgage lenders and future purchasers.  This session will discuss the process of foreclosing condominiums liens, foreclosure considerations unique to association liens, title considerations and tips for attorney representing associations, lenders and purchasers of properties that have been foreclosed by the association.
  Buying and Selling Contaminated Property
  Thomas L. Guidi; Gregor I. McGregor
  Hazardous substances are more commonly found in urban and even suburban and rural real estate than most lawyers may think.  The fact that a property is contaminated does not necessarily mean that the property cannot or should not be purchased, sold or even financed.  In this session we will discuss how to manage a transaction involving contaminated property by understanding the risks and potential liabilities involved and structuring the deal and advising your clients as to the appropriate action required to reduce the risks and liabilities to an acceptable level so that the transaction may proceed
  Airbnb: A Discussion by Transient Lecturers on Short-term Rentals
  Kathleen M. Heyer; James B. Lampke; Ted S. Papadopoulos
  Short-term rentals like Airbnb can be found almost everywhere these days. Everyone knows someone who is either an Airbnb host or guest. But while most people are simply looking for a place to stay, others are grappling with bigger issues: zoning and municipal ordinances, local impacts and NIMBYs, lease implications, violation of local regulations, and more. Our panelists will discuss some of the issues associated with short-term rentals, including various state and local regulations, landlord/tenant issues, and the Governor's proposed vision for transient rentals in the Commonwealth.
  Recent Developments in Massachusetts Case Law
  Philip S. Lapatin
  Now in his 40th year at these meetings, Phil continues to draw a huge crowd with this session. Attending his presentation on Recent Developments in Massachusetts Case Law is a must for any practicing real estate lawyer. Phil is the 2008 recipient of the Association’s highest honor, the Richard B. Johnson Award.
  The Threat is Real: What You Need to Know to Mitigate the Risks of Cyber Scams & Wire Fraud
  ~ A Practical Skills Session
  Colleen M. Capossela; Noel M. Di Carlo; Michael Livingood
  Many of us know that cyber scams and wire fraud are pervasive in our industry, but many believe that they would never fall victim to these scams. Cybercrimes and wire fraud are on the rise and real estate professionals continue to be a primary target of these scams.  As the cons continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, they become more challenging to thwart.  Join FBI Special Agent Michael Livingood, and Noel Di Carlo and Colleen Capossela as they describe the latest shape and form of these threats.  The panelists will also offer recommendations on risk management initiatives, including the latest technology and procedures, as well as insurance, and advice on response planning, all to help mitigate the risk to you and your office.
  The Homesteads Statuts: Seven Years Later
  ~ A Practical Skills Session
  Lynne Murphy Breen; Lisa J. Delaney; Jeffrey B. Loeb
  With legislation sponsored by REBA, the Massachusetts Homestead Statute was revised in 2011.  Join our panelists for a discussion of how these revisions have been interpreted in the ensuing seven years by conveyancers, title insurance underwriters, and the courts.  This practical skills session will also highlight the unintended consequences of unnecessary homestead release language, the types of homestead interests that can create traps for the unwary, declaring homesteads for multi-level trusts, the abandonment of homestead rights, and recent court rulings including the ReadyCap, LLC v. Alexander case.
  Notarial Acts Done Right (and Wrong)
  ~ A Practical Skills Session
  Jutta R. Deeney; Danielle A. Long; Francis J. Nolan
  This practical skills session will include a review of recent case law highlighting the unintended consequences of flawed acknowledgments and jurats, along with practical tips on fixing errors and avoiding defects. The panelists will also include an analysis of REBA-sponsored legislation to update our acknowledgement statute and bring it into closer alignment with other jurisdictions.
We look forward to seeing you in Norwood on Monday, November 5th!