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Tenants in today’s business environment demand leases that will not restrict their ability to respond to changing circumstances. Structuring leases that afford flexibility for tenants requires knowledge of the current market and possible solutions for given business objectives. This presentation addresses lease provisions that appear to be rigid, but in fact, permit creativity for tenants in structuring “yoga” leases. more »
Review the Elimination of Architectural Barriers as provided for in the Texas Government Code, Chapter 469, including applicable facilities, who is responsible, the plan review and inspection process, and associated timelines. more »
Session 1: Navigating Lease Negotiations in Chapter 11 - Explore the process of negotiations against the backdrop of rights in Chapter 11 cases, including the rights of respective parties and how they intersect.
Session 2: ROFRs, ROFOs, and Expansion/Contraction Options - These options can have significant effects on the Landlord’s rights and management of their property, but they are often treated as an afterthought in the drafting and negotiating process. Review important issues when negotiating and drafting these provisions.
Session 3: Commercial Landlord’s Remedies for a Tenant’s Breach - Hear practical discussion of a commercial landlord’s remedies for a tenant's breach, including possessory remedies such as judicial evictions, lock-outs, and dealing with personal property in the premises, and monetary remedies such as recovering rent and damages, as well as discussion of mitigation jurisprudence in Texas and other jurisdictions. more »
Session 1: Ground Leases: Essential Aspects and Peculiarities - Review some of the negotiating objectives the parties to a typical ground lease may have, and hear suggestions for achieving those objectives effectively.
Session 2: Retail Leases: Essential Aspects and Peculiarities - Examine common issues encountered in retail lease negotiations and get practical drafting tips and sample provisions for your practice.
Session 3: Medical Leases: Essential Aspects and Peculiarities - Why is medical leasing different from other office or retail leasing? Explore the laws and other issues specific to leasing within the healthcare industry and how provisions within leases need to be revised to accommodate these matters. more »
Amidst industry consolidation and the pursuit of increased efficiency and competitiveness, the current real estate cycle has everyone looking for their next move. Hear the latest market analysis, and learn what its implications are for practitioners. more »
Three Texas real estate legends kick off the program with what everyone really wants to know: just what are the eight things that truly matter in your lease? And what happens if one or more of these essentials goes awry? more »
Session 1: Natural Disasters: Lessons Learned - Gain tips for dealing with the legal and other challenges associated with disasters like Hurricane Harvey, including employee issues, force majeure, business continuity planning, recovery efforts, and maintaining good customer and public relations.
Session 2: Disaster Relief: What a Nonprofit Needs to Know When Disaster Hits Your Community - Hear an overview of the relevant rules on disaster relief and current IRS guidance and the legal and practical challenges for non-profits providing relief and managing fundraising in the wake of a disaster.
Session 3: Continuity of Operations Following Disasters: Confronting Legal Challenges in Energy, Law Enforcement, Environment, Commerce and Beyond -
Session 4: Insurance Litigation Post-Harvey - Review the most hotly contested issues in first party insurance claims and litigation arising out of the recent hurricane, including flood versus wind, special rules for TWIA claims, and the new "natural causes" amendments to the Texas Insurance Code. more »
Session 1: Effective Risk Management - A text book on the three legged stool – indemnity, insurance, and waivers of subrogation – contractual provisions for risk management. Also hear about mutual waivers and how to structure indemnities when a mutual waiver is provided, certificates, and self-insurance.
Session 2: Can You Fix an Early Construction Start? - Discussion of title insurance and statutory "fixes" to deal with mechanics liens that are not being released.
Session 3: Tax Reform: What's Changed for Real Estate? - Survey the significant recent tax law changes affecting real estate investment.
Session 4: HVCRE Changes and Other Federal Codes, Restrictions and Guidelines to Commercial Real Estate Lending - Hear an update on HVCRE, as well as those other important – but often unknown – federal codes, guidelines, and restrictions that impact commercial real estate lending, and get drafting suggestions to make sure your documents stay up to date. more »
Session 1: Home Equity Amendments: Origination Perspective - Explore developments pertaining to Texas home equity lending including SJR 60, a recent constitutional amendment, and recent home equity interpretations and agency guidance.
Session 2: Internet Fraud in Real Estate Closings - All parties involved in a real estate transaction – including real estate agents, banks, policy makers, consumer groups, title insurers, settlement agents and real estate attorneys – need to stay vigilant. Learn the ABCs: awareness, best practices, and change in policy that is needed to protect your clients’ money.
Session 3: Lending By Individuals - Small builders and property owners sometimes find it helpful to finance the sale of residential property that they own. Review the regulatory scheme – and possible exemption – that applies to such transactions.
Session 4: ALTA Forms - Compare Texas title insurance policies and the existing and proposed American Land Title Association (ALTA) policies, with consideration of the meaning, as interpreted by cases, and application of each form. Examine differences between the Texas endorsements and ALTA endorsements, and possible means to achieve similar coverage. more »
Session 1: Home Equity Amendments: Servicing Perspective - Learn how the changes to the Texas Constitution relating to home equity liens affect a servicer handling loans in default.
Session 2: Flaws and Risks in Mortgage Insurance Requirements and Provisions -
Session 3: Foreclosure-Related Litigation Update - Review recent federal and state court foreclosure-related litigation, including jurisdictional issues and common claims and defenses.
Session 4: Dead Debtors: The Problem, The Past, and The Plan - Even after death, title issues exist that will haunt even the astute attorney or underwriter. more »
The evolution of Dodd-Frank has the mortgage industry on edge. Get an inside perspective on the current state of the legislation, and what the future may hold. Understand the regulatory movements and future issues that will impact mortgage lending laws. more »
Session 1: Dealing With the Borrower's Tenants Before and After Closing, Defaults, and Foreclosure - Examine a lender’s rights and remedies and potential liabilities to its borrower’s tenants, including priority issues and SNDAs; lender approvals; the rights and remedies of the borrower’s tenants against the lender or other purchaser-at-foreclosure for pre-foreclosure breaches of the lease by the borrower/landlord; collecting rents from the borrower’s tenants under TARA between a borrower’s default and foreclosure; and post-foreclosure ratification of leases otherwise extinguished by a foreclosure.
Session 2: Overview of 2017 Updated Construction Contracts with Key Negotiating Tips and Review Points - Review the updated 2017 AIA documents, as well as some specialty AIA documents published for the first time or updated subsequent to 2007 with annotations. Also review some of the key 2017 updates in the AIA construction contracts, and hear key negotiating tips or review concerns when representing owners and lenders. more »
Session 1: Insurance Litigation Post-Harvey - Review the most hotly contested issues in first party insurance claims and litigation arising out of the recent hurricane, including flood versus wind, special rules for TWIA claims, and the new "natural causes" amendments to the Texas Insurance Code.
Session 2: UCC Security Interests in Real Estate Financings - Address the creation and perfection of UCC security interests in real estate financing transactions.
Session 3: Cybersecurity Insurance - Examine key insurance provisions and hear thoughts on evolving exposures impacting privacy and cyber insurance. more »
Session 1: Practical Advice for Cleaning Up Title Issues - Title issues are common creatures, and there are often straightforward ways to resolve them. Get practical advice on clearing title issues quickly and efficiently.
Session 2: Hot Topics and Quick Tips - Hear about recent developments and hot topics in mortgage lending and related real estate matters.
Session 3: Mortgage Lending Ethics - Explore selected topics in the ethics of mortgage lending and servicing. more »
Session 1: Building Smart Legal Contracts: A Promissory Note - Learn how to digitize existing or new contractual relationships and connect them to enterprise data sources, blockchains, or payment/invoicing systems.
Session 2: Litigation Against Real Estate Agents and Brokers - Texas real estate salespersons and brokers are afforded extensive statutory protections against liability. Examine those statutory protections as well as favorable case law limiting the real estate professionals’ scope of liability.
Session 3: Dodd-Frank Evolution: The Impact on Residential Lending - What changes can residential lending expect as Dodd-Frank continues to evolve?
Session 4: New Texas Real Estate Commission Forms - Effective May 15, 2018, TREC revised many of the mandatory use sales contracts for Texas realtors, implementing new protocols for the timely payment of earnest money, objections to title, and the proper use of contract addendums. It also created two new forms regarding hydrostatic testing by an interested Buyer, and the Buyer’s ability to terminate a pending sales contract. Review these and other sales contact revisions. more »
Session 1: Texas Case Law Update 1 - Listen to a discussion about recent and significant Texas cases for the last year, with particular attention to cases involving new legal concepts or which materially alter or extend current jurisprudence.
Session 2: Texas Case Law Update 2 - Discuss recent and significant Texas cases for the last year, with particular attention to cases involving new legal concepts or which materially alter or extend current jurisprudence (cont.). more »