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Thursday, May 14

10:30 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMLearn More Learn More Marketing Workshop: Attract More of the Business You Want

Let them work with you to evaluate your own transaction data, identify your unique value proposition and create a plan to act on it.

  • Speaker: Dean Collura, CEO and Co-Founder, TitleTap
  • Speaker: Robin Cardella, Director of Business Development, TitleTap
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration Desk Open
11:00 AM – 6:30 PM Expo Open
1:00 PM – 3:10 PM 
1:05 PM - 1:20 PMLearn More Learn More Welcome
1:20 PM - 2:15 PMLearn More Learn More The Return of the Economist

He's back for another entertaining and enlightening update on the latest economic factors impacting the real estate market. Recognize way in which global economic dynamics are impacting the U.S. economy. Gain insight regarding regional economic trends within the United States, including in Florida and Florida real estate markets. Analyze how policymaking continues to shape economic outcomes in the U.S.

  • Speaker: Dr. Anirban Basu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
2:15 PM - 3:10 PMLearn More Learn More What Do You Do When Your File Has Fur and Wags Its Tail?

There are no style points in law; learn from those who fix the problems instead of trying to fix it yourself. Learn the recent case law affecting remedies. Avoid the traps & pitfalls as your files morphs from closing to possible litigation.

  • Speaker: Brian Hoffman, Partner, Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC
  • Speaker: Manuel Farach, Resident Partner, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
3:10 PM – 3:40 PM Refreshment Break at the Expo
3:40 PM – 5:30 PM General Session
3:40 PM - 4:10 PMLearn More Learn More General Counsel's Perspective
  • Speaker: Melissa Murphy, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, The Fund
4:10 PM - 5:30 PMLearn More Learn More Title Teasers

An interactive program where Fund Members are challenged to choose the proper underwriting response based on real-life fact scenarios. A panel of Fund Underwriters provides discussion and analysis of the underwriting decision in each scenario. Attendees will stay informed with the latest developments in The Fund’s underwriting guidelines.

  • Moderator: Steven Presley, Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
  • Panelist: John Brown, Senior Underwriting Counsel, Commercial Services, The Fund
  • Panelist: Jennifer Barrow, Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
  • Panelist: Connie Clark, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Networking Reception at the Expo

Friday, May 15

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration Desk Open
8:00 AM – 3:20 PM Expo Open
8:45 AM – 11:55 AM (Includes Two Refreshment Breaks at the Expo)
Learn More Assistance Animals and the Law

Identify the types of animals that qualify as Assistance Animals. Understanding FHA and the ADA obligations with respect to Assistance Animals. Best Practices for Housing Providers and owners of Commercial Establishments.

  • Speaker: Michelle Gomez Hinden, Attorney, Nishad Khan P.L. & Ticon Title Company
Learn More Attorney Opinion Letters: To the Best of Our Knowledge

What is an AOL? What are the accepted best practices? How do you best protect yourself from liability?

  • Speaker: Jay St. Lawrence, Legal Education Attorney, The Fund
Learn More Foreign Seller Ahead Proceed with Caution, Top FIRPTA Questions & Answers

Learn how a Seller proves non-foreign status. Understand your liability and the buyer’s liability for non-compliance. De-mystify the many forms involved.

  • Speaker: Linda Monaco, Legal Education Attorney, The Fund
Learn More How to Keep Zombie Permits from Killing Your Deal: A Look at Florida's New Permit Expiration Statute and Related Topics

A Look at Florida's New Permit Expiration Statute and Related Topics. Comprehensive discussion of Florida’s new statute. Practical discussion of how building departments around the state are implementing it and what they are requiring taking advantage of it. Discussion of related topics dealing with unpermitted work and other construction issues that can impact real estate transactions.

  • Speaker: Jason Lambert, Attorney, Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel
Learn More Kelley's Homestead Paradigm Made Easy

Learn to speak Homestead fluently in one easy lesson. Avoid the hidden Homestead shoals. Real estate lawyer’s pocket guide to Homestead.

  • Speaker: Rohan Kelley, Attorney, The Kelley Law Firm, P.L.
Learn More Remote Online Notarization - Technical Aspects and Estate Planning

Perspective of an estate and trust lawyer of the new RON law. Overview of the requirements for the electronic signing and remote notarization for estate planning documents. When can RON be used for estate planning documents? When should RON be avoided for estate planning documents? Potential pitfalls and regrets!

  • Speaker: Bruce Stone, Shareholder, Goldman, Felcoski & Stone, P.A.
  • Speaker: Laird Lile, Attorney, Laird A. Lile, PLLC
Learn More The End is Near! Planning for the Expected and Unexpected - Disability and Death of the Firm and the Practitioner

Drivers, Putters, Hybrids and other Golf Equipment – The Type of Player Dictates The Equipment.   Synopsis:  Practitioners can be classified as drivers; a/k/a Type A personalities, or putters, a/k/a the part-timer laid back practitioner, or hybrids (someone in between).  One’s personality dictates what type of game you play for the end of your Practice.

  • Speaker: Grant Kehres, Founder, Grant W. Kehres, P.A.
Learn More The New Era of Wire Fraud

Learn about the latest wire fraud trends that rocked the title industry in 2019 as well as. Examine who is liable for loss and the standard of care imposed on title agents. New best practices to protect yourself and your clients.

  • Speaker: Tom Cronkright, CEO and Co-Founder, CertifID, LLC
11:55 AM – 1:00 PM Attendee Luncheon
1:00 PM  – 5:10 PM
1:05 PM - 2:00 PMLearn More Learn More Claims are in the Eye of the Beholder

Find out more about claims decisions based on policy provisions. Ever wondered how to explain to your client what the policy even covers?  Find out more about the contractual obligations of the title insurer and the insured. Did you know the covered risks are subject to exclusions and exceptions?  Would you like to learn the difference between exclusions and exceptions? Would you like to learn how to translate the policy into real situations your clients may find themselves in, so you can assist and advise them?

  • Speaker: Megan Crandall Solomon, Claims Counsel, The Fund
2:00 PM - 2:50 PMLearn More Learn More What Were They Thinking? Avoiding Issues that Turn Away Clients, Turn Off Staff and Turn into Malpractice

Overcome misperceptions from the other side of the table to enhance your ability to close a deal. Identify considerations important to clients that think differently than you Improve your ability to expand your clientele, and to attract top notch staff.

  • Speaker: Michael Gelfand, Managing Shareholder, Gelfand & Arpe, P.A.
  • Speaker: Brenda Ezell, Shareholder, Ezell Law Firm, P.A.
2:50 PM – 3:20 PM Refreshment Break at the Expo
3:20 PM - 3:50 PMLearn More Learn More Remote Online Notarization Demonstration
  • Speaker: Tim Anderson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development, Pavaso
3:50 PM - 4:20 PMLearn More Learn More Legislative Update

Keep abreast of changes to existing the laws that affect your practice. Learn of new laws that have passed that will affect your practice going forward. Understand trends in the market conditions that may invite legislative changes and encourages members to think about the laws how they affect your practice and to become an advocate for the industry.

  • Speaker: Charles Nostra, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
4:20 PM - 5:10 PMLearn More Learn More Quiz on Recent Real Property Cases

Case summaries, including citations, to provide current information on topics related to the practice of real property law in convenient course materials. Interesting true/false quiz format with answers that explain the reasoning behind the court decision. Highlight of key cases from the past year all real property attorneys need to know.

  • Speaker: Colleen Sachs, Underwriting Counsel, The Fund

Saturday, May 16

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration Desk Open
8:55 AM – 12:00 PM 
9:00 AM - 9:55 AMLearn More Learn More FR/Bar, ASIS, CRISP and Local Contract Comparison, Recent Changes and Challenging Provisions
Understand important distinctions between FR/BAR and other residential forms. Be aware of issues with current FR/BAR provisions and pending efforts to address them. Gain strategies for most effective use of provisions in the forms such as title curative provisions and dispute resolution.
  • Speaker: Thomas Wright, Sole Practitioner, Law Offices of Thomas D. Wright, Chartered
9:55 AM - 10:50 AMLearn More Learn More To Trust or Not to Trust: Beware the Abundance of Choices

Trust varieties and legal requirements for holding title. Preventing litigation to establish title. It’s Never too late for a cure.

  • Speaker: Silvia Rojas, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
10:50 AM - 11:10 AMLearn More Learn More Refreshment Break
11:10 AM - 12:00 PMLearn More Learn More Love and Marriage: Homestead Rules and Tenants by Entirety

How a tenancy by the entireties is created, what protections it affords, the limitations it imposes, and how it is destroyed. How marital status affects homestead property, restraints on alienation, and what waiver can be relied upon for title insuring purposes. How marital status impacts the enforceability of liens against one party to the marriage.

  • Speaker: Rebecca Wood, Senior Underwriting Counsel, The Fund
8:55 AM – 12:00 PM 
9:00 AM - 10:50 AMLearn More Learn More Hotels and Mixed-Use Resort Development

Resort and Mixed-Use Development Overview, Development Process and Lien Free Completion, Management and Franchise Agreements, Branded Residential and Whole Ownership Rental Programs

  • Speaker: Andrew Robins, Partner, Akerman, LLP
10:50 AM - 11:10 AMLearn More Learn More Refreshment Break
11:10 AM - 12:00 PMLearn More Learn More Qualified Opportunity Zone Investments: Where Are We Now?

Current state of the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) program, including updates from the Department of Treasury’s regulations. The benefits and potential draw backs to investing in a QOZ and how to invest in one. Comparing the QOZ program to Section 1031 exchanges with practical examples.

  • Speaker: Justin Wallace, Attorney, Hill Ward Henderson