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Opinion Letters in Real Estate (teleseminar)
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When: 09/13/2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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Opinion Letters in Real Estate, 1 CLE hour

First Run Broadcast: September 9, 2016
1:00 p.m. E.T. (60 minutes)


Most real estate transactions involve one several opinion letters from counsel.  Opinion letters cover a range of topics from title to the property and the absence of security interests to the authority to enter into an agreement and its enforceability, tax or other compliance, and a variety of other matters. These letters, which important parts of due diligence, help identify, limit and allocate risk in transactions.  They are often closing conditions. Letters must be prepared and delivered, or a transaction will not be financed or closed.  This program will provide you a guide to the types and practical uses of opinion letters in real estate transactions and how to draft their most essential provisions.

• Drafting and using opinion letters in real estate transactions
• Understanding  the role of the attorney, context of transaction, the negotiating process, and      costs of the opinion
• Types of letters – validity enforceability, title and security interests, taxes, compliance and            more
• Major components of letters – factual assumptions, qualifications, judgment and limitations
• Rights, reliance interests and expectations of the recipient of the letter
• Professional standards for preparing opinion letters


Richard R. Goldberg is a retired partner, resident in the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr, LLP, where he established an extensive real estate practice, including development, financing, leasing, and acquisition.  Earlier in his career, he served as vice president and associate general counsel of The Rouse Company for 23 years.  He is past president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, past chair of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, and past chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference.  Mr. Goldberg is currently a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and is a member of the American Law Institute.  Mr. Goldberg received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his LL.B. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

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