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Section Chair's Welcome

 

Welcome to the Real Estate Probate and Trust Law Section ("REPTL"), the largest section of the State Bar of Texas. The Section will provide regular updates on the programs and activities of the Council, along with informational E-blasts to advise of significant developments in the law or your practice requirements. While we begin working on our proposed legislation for the 2019 legislative session, many of the laws enacted during this past session will become effective resulting in changes to our practices. Legislative updates for the 2017 legislative session for estate and trust and real estate are available as well as on the Legislative Updates page on the Members Only area of our website. (Keep in mind that the Members Only area of our website is password protected.)

Listed below are just a few of the benefits you receive with your membership. Please let us know if there are additional benefits or services we can provide to you.

CLE Discounts: There is a $50 discount available on TexasBarCLE programs sponsored by REPTL. This CLE discount for just one course exceeds the price of your annual Section dues! The seminars where this discount is available are:

Real Estate

 

Estate Planning and Probate

* Water Rights 101

 

* Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course

* Changing Face of Water Rights Course

 

* Intermediate Estate Planning & Probate Course

* Real Estate 101

 

* Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course

* Advanced Real Estate Law Course

 

* Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course

* Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course

   

CLE Library: Section members have access to a fully searchable library of articles from the leading real state, probate, trust and elder law seminars held in Texas. (For help with your website login, email the Section webmaster.)

REPTL Reporter: The Reporter is delivered to you quarterly and provides a wealth of information, including case law updates and articles in the areas of real estate, probate, trust and elder law.

Legislative Activity: The Section is one of the more active sections of the State Bar at the legislature – we believe it is important to protect and advance our practice areas. The Section drafts and submits (with State Bar approval) legislation that consistently benefits our practice areas as well as the clients we serve.

During the legislative session, the RELAC committee (Real Estate Legislative Affairs Committee) tracks legislation and members of the Section help educate lawmakers on certain bills.

The ETLAC committee (Estate and Trust Legislative Affairs Committee) not only tracts legislation, but actively pursues the passage of legislative proposals relating to decedents' estates, guardianship, trusts, and disability documents, such as financial and medical powers of attorney and "living wills."

REPTL Leadership Academy: We graduated our first class of the Leadership Academy in May 2017. The purpose of the program is designed to encourage the active involvement and participation of young lawyers in Section activities by giving them an opportunity to become involved in substantive work of the Section, by providing networking opportunities with practitioners from all over the state, by mentoring young attorneys to develop them into future leaders, and by promoting the Section through various projects and services. Eligible REPTL members may apply to be in the next Leadership Academy class starting in September 2020.

Texas Title Examination Standards: REPTL, with the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section, co-sponsors the Texas Title Examination Standards Committee. This committee publishes the Texas Title Examination Standards which are published and widely used by the real estate members of the Section.

The 2018-2019 Officers of REPTL are:

Chair: David Dickson (254.776.5500)

Chair-Elect/Secretary: Eric Reis (214.969.1700)

Treasurer: Reid Wilson (713.222.9000)

Immediate Past Chair: Tina Green (903.223.9544)

If you are a current member, we welcome you back and look forward to an exciting year. IF you are not a member or a law student, we encourage you to click the " Join Now" button or complete the membership application and mail in your dues. For $30 you can start taking advantage of the many benefits of a REPTL membership. We hope that you will make full use of the resources REPTL provides and communicate how we may better serve you.

Sincerely,

J. David Dickson
Chair, Real Estate Probate and Trust Law Section
Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, PLLC
220 South Fourth Street
Waco, Texas 76701

dickson@thetexasfirm.com

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