Florida real estate industry’s trending topics and most relevant information.

Thursday, June 11

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Assembly Starts
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
9:05 AM - 9:30 AMLearn More Learn More General Counsel's Perspective
Important updates and recent changes that are impacting the Real Estate industry in Florida.
  • Speaker: Melissa Murphy, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, The Fund
9:40 AM - 10:55 AMLearn 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
11:00 AM   On-Demand Session

Friday, June 12

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Assembly Open
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
9:05 AM - 9:55 AMLearn 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.
10:05 AM - 10:55 AMLearn More Learn More Quiz on 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
10:55 AM - 11:00 AMLearn More Learn More Live Session Concludes
11:00 AM
Learn 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
Learn 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
Learn More Learn More Fund Member as Legislator: A Conversation with Senator Kathleen Passidomo
  • Speaker: Melissa Murphy, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, The Fund
  • Speaker: Kathleen C. Passidomo, State Senator, Florida
Learn 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
  • Speaker: Susan Robin, Partner, Akerman, LLP
Learn 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
Learn 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
Learn 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
Learn 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
Learn 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.