2019 REBA Spring Conference
Monday, May 6, 2019
.Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
1125 Boston-Providence Highway
Norwood, MA

REBA's all-day 2019 Spring 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…




A print and broadcast journalist, Sacha Pfeiffer is a reporter for NPR’s national investigative team, and an occasional guest host for some of NPR’s national programs. Pfeiffer was previously a longtime reporter for The Boston Globe, where she was best known for her work on its investigative Spotlight team, whose stories on the Catholic Church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, among other honors. That reporting is the subject of the movie “Spotlight," which won the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture.

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  This Conference has been approved by the RIMCLE for 240 minutes of general credits OR 60 minutes of ethics credits + 180 minutes of general credits.


  Cannabis Property Development & Municipal Law Repercussions
  Adam D. Fine; Katherine D. Laughman
Our panelists are at the forefront of Massachusetts cannabis issues that are facing our communities as the legalized cannabis business grows. The rejection of cannabis production or distribution facilities AND the development of cannabis production and distribution facilities both present multiple issues that municipalities in Massachusetts must now confront. They will discuss these issues and share their knowledge of the law and working with municipalities to assist in development or to create regulations preventing development.
  Understanding the MUPC: When to Go Formal
  Jennifer A. Maggiacomo; Natalie Robb
  Our speakers, Jennifer Maggiacomo, a magistrate for the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court, and Natalie Robb, Vice President and Underwriting Counsel for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, will discuss how a formal and an informal probate differ and requirements that must be met to convey real property from a probate. They will also share their knowledge of the MUPC, when an informal petition is the appropriate method of probating an estate that holds real estate and when a formal petition is required. Their practical information will clarify the requirements in conducting a closing, probating an estate or reviewing a title abstract to insure good title coming from an estate.
  Airbnb in the 21st Century: The Short-term Rental Landscape
  James B. Lampke; Ted S. Papadopoulos
  The short-term rental landscape in Massachusetts has changed considerably in 2019. Airbnb has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Boston in regards to its Short-term Rental Ordinance, and the Legislature has come to terms with the Governor on a statute that regulates and taxes short-term rentals.  Join Jim Lampke and Ted Papadopoulos as they cover the current events and status of short-term rentals in Massachusetts, as well as the legal and practical considerations for municipalities, landlords and STR platform users.
  Wire Fraud and Ethical Considerations 
  David Javaheri; Edward P. Lansdale; Kathleen M. O’Donnell
  Our speakers will present the latest information about the threat of wire fraud, what is being done to combat it, and the ethical implications that it presents for a lawyer in the conveyancing world. They will discuss how cyber insurance claims are handled from an incident response point-of-view, as well as the “Dark Web” and ruses employed to accomplish wire fraud.
  Building and Insuring Construction Loans 
  Nerejda Katherine Prifti; Zachary Swain; Daniel J. Vieira
  In this program, our speakers will examine loan underwriting and documentation, as well as title insurance requirements required to document and deliver a residential or commercial construction loan.  Our panel will discuss the best practices, to help insure a smooth transaction from closing through construction completion, which minimize risk and provide a path for recovery when a construction project encounters turbulent waters. They will also discuss a “spilled milk” scenario showing what can go wrong on a construction project
  Addressing the Housing Crisis Through 40B
  Paul J. Haverty; Peter L. Freeman
  This session will cover the basics of utilizing Chapter 40B, the Comprehensive Permit statute, to create affordable housing, provide an update on recent cases and hot issues, and explore “best practices” for both the developer and municipality. The panel will walk participants through the entire process: applying to a subsidizing agency for a Project Eligibility Letter, applying to the Zoning Board of Appeals, representation during the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing process, and then handling appeals to and hearings before the Housing Appeals Committee.
  S-Petitions & Withdrawals: Best Practices / What to Expect
~ A Practical Skills Session
  Christina T. Geaney; Carrie B. Rainen
  Our speakers will discuss the value and benefits of voluntary withdrawal from registered land, as well as the other various types of Subsequent Petitions (“S-Petitions”), including matters involving trusts, the death of owners and errors. The panelists will also discuss what situations necessitate the filing of an S-Petition, and the processes and procedures before and after filing
  Commercial Transactions: Choosing the Right Title Insurance Endorsements for the Deal
  ~ A Practical Skills Session
  Jonathan Anderson; Richard Bramhall
  Commercial transactions involve additional complexity when compared to the garden variety residential transaction - and lenders, as well as developers, always find arcane needs to confound the title agent.   Jon Anderson and Richard Bramhall, two industry veterans, will help navigate the sometimes-arcane world of ALTA endorsements, reviewing the more than 35 endorsements of greatest use in the commercial context.
  In Trustee's Certificates We Trust...Most of the Time 
  ~ A Practical Skills Session
  Noel M. Di Carlo; Ward P. Graham; Tracie M. Kester
  Join us for this practical skills session, where we will review some of the more common title issues involving trusts and trustee’s certificates that could have been avoided or resolved with proper or more robust trustee’s certificates. In addition to case law, statutes and relevant REBA forms and standards, we will discuss the different forms of trustee certificates, some frequently encountered title problems involving trusts and provide suggestions on how properly-drafted trustee’s certificates can help resolve them. Don’t let a trust issue in the chain of title hold up your buyer or seller client’s closing again!
  Recent Developments in Massachusetts Case Law
  Philip S. Lapatin
  Now in his 41st year as case commentator at REBA’s twice-yearly conferences, Phil Lapatin continues to draw a huge crowd with this session.  Attending his presentation 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.
Register for the Conference Online
Conference Brochure (pdf)
Registration Form (pdf)
We look forward to seeing you in Norwood on Monday, May 6th!