Homeward Bound

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The Continuing Legal Education Committee is pleased to announce its forty-second season of "Homeward Bound" seminars. This season's series is under the direction of J. Scott Timmer of Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy. The Section will be working with ICLE in producing the 2017–2018 Homeward Bound series. If you belong to the ICLE Partnership, there will be no separate charge for attending the seminars. Section members who are not ICLE Partners will still be able to sign up for any or all Homeward Bound programs at the low Section price of $85 per seminar.

2017–2018 Homeward Bound Series


The Government is Here to Help You—Current Register of Deeds Problems & Solutions

December 2017—On-Demand Webcast

A panel discussion that includes register of deeds, title company, and practitioner representatives, covering all current ROD issues, including electronic recording, increasing automation and evolving Register of Deeds requirements and efficiency opportunities for practitioners.
John Bommarito, Attorneys Title Agency LLC
Lisa Brown, Oakland County Register of Deeds
John D. Bartley, O'Reilly Rancilio

Green Acres—Harvesting Tax Breaks and Benefits for Michigan's Agricultural Land

February 2018—On-Demand Webcast

RPLS and Agricultural Law Section: Most of the State is agricultural, forest, and recreational property, the owners of which are frequently unaware of major legislation relating to it, including the Act 116 Michigan Farmland Preservation program, forestry tax breaks, and conservation easements. This panel will cover all of the significant state and federal programs affecting non-urban properties.
Amanda Gregory, Michigan Community Resources
Nicholas Leonard, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
Richard Harlow, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Opening the Closing Statement

March 9, 2018, 2:00–5:00 p.m./Webcast or live at St. John's, Plymouth
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This program will cover those sticky line items on many closing statements, including understanding tax prorations, commercial broker lien waivers, payoff letters, and transfer taxes. Become fully prepared to impress clients with thorough explanations of what each closing statement line item means, and to confirm that clients are getting what they need and expect.
Michael Luberto, President Chirco Title Co.
Cathy LaMont, First American Title
Thomas Kabel, Butzel Long

Marijuana Legalization & Real Property Law

May 3, 2018, 2:00–5:00 p.m./Webcast or live at St. John's, Plymouth

RPLS and Marijuana Law Section Applications for medical marijuana facilities licenses began to be accepted by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on December 15, 2017. The panelists will discuss the current state of LARA's rules and regulations, and their experiences in the application process to date. The Panel will also discuss the myriad ways in which Federal law prohibition of marijuana effects many aspects of real estate transactions, including financing, banking, lease terms, forfeiture risks, and private RICO liability, among others.
Gregory Gamalski of Bodman
Robert A. Hendricks of Wrigley Hoffman
Denise Pollicella of Pollicella & Associates, PLLC