39th Annual Real Estate Practice 2021 (USB Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 6.0 Real Estate Law Practice, 1.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Price: $329 - USB with electronic materials
Available Through: 5/31/2024


A pre-recorded VIDEO replay from the May 2021 webcast seminar, 39th Annual Real Estate Practice.

Topics covered include:

  • Essential Updates on Virginia Real Estate Case Law and Statutory Law
  • Special Issues Regarding Cemeteries
  • Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) Explained
  • And of course, Ethics! Lawyer for the Deal: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?—Conflicts of Interest in Real Estate Cases

Cosponsored with the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar

Now in its 39th year, Virginia CLE®’s Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar continues to set the standard for currency and quality in continuing legal education for real estate practitioners. Whether you have an established real estate practice or are a general practitioner who occasionally encounters real estate issues, this program is for you.




Virginia’s Real Estate Legislative Update
Lucia Anna Trigiani, David S. Mercer

Learn what has passed and what is on the horizon for next year.           
Virginia’s Real Estate Case Law Update
Michael Derdeyn, Christy Murphy

Materials on all real estate−related cases in the past year with a presentation highlighting the top cases.
Cemetery Issues
Kay Creasman

Cemeteries present special issues when they appear in the chain of title. Most often family cemeteries raise issues of access, ownership, and whether family members can continue to be buried there.  At other times interred bodies need to be moved.  On occasion church cemeteries or other cemetery associations want to sell or have abandoned real estate purchased for cemetery purposes. This hour discusses the resolution of real-life cemetery issues.         
Lawyer for the Deal:  What Could Possibly Go Wrong?—Conflicts of Interest in Real Estate Cases
John Altmiller, Susan Pesner, Heather Steele

Guaranteed to be a lively discussion of situations that can keep you up at night! This session is an overview of conflict situations that arise in various real estate cases, both transactional and litigation, with a review of Virginia Professional Guidelines, Rules 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9.

FIRPTA Explained
Kevin T. Pogoda

Enacted in 1980, the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) requires foreign persons to pay U.S. income tax on gains they make from selling U.S. real estate.  To explain FIRPTA comprehensively, this presentation explains the rule of FIRPTA withholding, exemptions, limitations to withholding, procedures for withholding, the liability of the settlement attorney, and some special rules.  A practical checklist is also offered to guide the practitioner in evaluating FIRPTA issues.         



John C. Altmiller, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC / Tysons
Kay M. Creasman, Old Republic Title / Richmond
Michael E. Derdeyn, Flora Pettit / Charlottesville
David S. Mercer, MercerTrigiani LLP / Alexandria
Christy L. Murphy, Bischoff Martingayle, PC / Norfolk
Susan Pesner, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers, PLC / Tysons
Kevin T. Pogoda, Old Republic Title / Manassas
Heather R. Steele, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC / Tysons
Lucia Anna Trigiani, MercerTrigiani LLP / Alexandria

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