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Boston Bar Announces Four Free "Nuts & Bolts" Courses

Monday, February 11, 2013

Responding to increased demand for basic, practical skills sessions on topics essential for practicing in the real world, the Boston Bar Association today announced four free new nuts and bolts courses for the month of February: 

A Practical Guide to Estate Administration
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
This brown bag lunch presentation will provide an overview of estate administration topics in Massachusetts. The target member of the audience is the practitioner who wants a practical and fundamental review of Massachusetts estate administration. The speakers will focus on estate administration under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, administration of non-probate assets, trust administration, estate taxes, income taxes, and disclaimer planning.
Faculty: Christopher D. Perry (Northern Trust) and Amy R. Lonergan (Bingham McCutchen LLP)

Land Use & Development Update on Standing Law
Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
Join the Land Use & Development Committee for a lively discussion of recent cases and trends in standing law, under both Chapter 40A and the City of Boston Zoning Enabling Act. 
Faculty: Adam Cederbaum (Office of the Corporation Counsel City of Boston) and Daniel P. Dain (Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C.)

The Nuts and Bolts of Flat Fee Billing
Friday, February 15, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
Join the Solo and Small Firm Section for a discussion of flat fee billing structure. We will delve into the nuts and bolts and answer the following questions: How does flat fee billing work? When do clients pay? What if someone doesn't pay? Do you still require a retainer? What does your Fee Agreement look like? How did you determine your fees? How do you protect yourself so you're not undercharging? How do you provide for unexpected legal needs? Has a client ever contested the fee after the fact? (i.e. You charge $1000 for a court hearing that then only lasts from 8:30 until 9:45 am)
Faculty: Irvin J. Rakhlin (Rakhlin Law) and Christopher Marston (Exemplar Law Partners, LLC)

Nuts and Bolts of the Health Care Cost Containment Law for Provider and Payer Counsels 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Health Care Cost Containment Law, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on August 6, 2012. This complex law will have a significant impact on providers and payers in both the near and long-term future. Join the Health Law Section for a brown bag lunch to hear about those changes from one of the staff authors of this new law.
Faculty: Karbert S. Ng  (Joint Committee on Health Care Financing)

Real Estate Committees

  • Affordable Housing Committee
    The purpose of this committee is to educate the local bar concerning new initiatives in financing and developing affordable housing.

    Contact Information

    Karen Kelleher

    Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency

    (617) 723-0500

    Robert M. Ruzzo

    Holland & Knight LLP

    (617) 305-2030

  • Construction Law Committee
    This committee addresses all aspects of construction law, including contract documents and alternative project delivery systems; construction litigation, arbitration and ADR; public contract law and other legal issues of interest to practitioners who handle matters relating to construction.

    Contact Information

    Carolyn Marie Francisco

    Corwin & Corwin LLP

    (617) 742-3420

    Jeff D. Bernarducci

    Holland & Knight LLP

    (617) 854-1408

  • Land Use and Development Committee
    This committee focuses on issues related to land use and development in the context of real estate transactions.

    Contact Information

    Mark A. Kablack

    M. A. Kablack & Associates, PC

    (508) 366-2900

    Susan M. Kincaid

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    (617) 526-6577

  • Leasing Committee
    This committee studies issues affecting this area of practice and plans educational programs led by experienced leasing lawyers and other senior real estate practitioners.

    Contact Information

    Timothy J. Famulare

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3000

  • Real Estate Finance Committee
    This committee is concerned with all aspects of financing real estate transactions.

    Contact Information

    Ashley A Brooks

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    (617) 338-2800

    Kimberly L. Martin-Epstein

    Hackett Feinberg P.C.

    (617) 422-0200

  • Real Estate Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Real estate attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Joseph Callanan

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

    Kathleen E. Connolly

    Murtha Cullina LLP

    (617) 457-4000

  • Real Estate Public Service Committee
    This committee oversees the BBA’s Lawyer for the Day in Boston Housing Court. The Real Estate Section has provided educational programs both membership-wide and to the public on issues related to landlord and tenant law and the Housing Court.

    Contact Information

    Seth A. Malamut

    STAG Industrial, Inc.

    (617) 574-4777

    Maureen McDonagh

    Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

    (617) 390-2542

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Title & Conveyancing Committee
    This committee covers topics such as mechanic's liens, survey matters and affirmative coverage; sophisticated title insurance endorsements; lis pendens; real estate litigation; title insurance claims; bankruptcy and creditors' rights; the land registration system; offers to purchase real estate; purchase and sale agreements; hazardous substances; forms of ownership; mortgages, foreclosures, easements and restrictions; and broker and lender relationships.

    Contact Information

    Richard D. Vetstein

    Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

    (508) 620-5352

    Sarah Ricciardelli

    Ricciardelli & Small , LLC

    (617) 242-4100