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Doing it Right: Buying, Selling and Estate Planning with Mexican Real Estate

Presented by The Real Property Law Section and the San Diego Central Library

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

11:30 a.m. - 12 noon -- Registration and Networking
12 noon - 1:30 p.m. -- Program

Earn 1.5 hours of MCLE credit.

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Please note that online registration will close on the registration deadline, November 12.

Real estate transactions can at times be complicated, more so if it takes place abroad. Buying real estate in Mexico can be possible and safe if done properly. In this program you will learn about the process involved in a typical residential real estate sale transaction, from the perspective of both the buyer and seller, and the pitfalls to avoid. You will also learn about how buying real estate in Mexico affects your existing estate planning and what you need to do to make sure that the new home you buy in Mexico is not subject to a costly and time-consuming probate.


  • Antonio Maldonado
  • Artemiza Q. Schumacher
  • Marco A. Carrasco

Licensed in both CA & Mexico

For more information, see Mexican Real Estate.

The State Bar of California Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
Anaheim, California

The State Bar of California Annual Meeting returns to Anaheim for four days of legal education, networking events, fantastic speakers and more. The Real Property Section is presenting:

  • Program 21: Converting Public Housing to Private Ownership Under the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program
  • Program 44: Real Property Law: The Pros and Cons of Using Standard Residential and Commercial Leases
  • Program 47: Practical Tips for Negotiating Commercial Leases for Franchise Locations
  • Program 54: Real Estate/Mortgage Issues: Dodd Frank Act
  • Program 90: 10 Things Non-Condemnation Lawyers Should Know About Eminent Domain
  • Program 99: Evolution of Easements in California and the Rise of the Equitable Easement

Program Submissions Wanted: 35th Real Property Law Section Retreat, Monterey, CA, May 20-22, 2016

The Real Property Law Section Retreat Planning Committee is looking for MCLE program submissions for our 35th Annual Retreat. For program topics to be considered, please send an email to Kavita Sharma ( no later than November 30, 2015 with the following information: (1) program title; (2) a 2 to 3 sentence description of the proposed program; and (3) the name and contact information for the lead speaker/organizer.

CEB Programs

Documenting the Sale: Letters of Intent (Livecast webinar, 1.5 hours MCLE)

Tuesday, October 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Letters of Intent are not required for sale transactions, but can be very helpful in firming up a deal and identifying potential "deal-breaker" issues. Join Elva Harding to learn how and when your clients should use a Letter of Intent, and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Letters of Intent.

2015 Wine Law Forum™ (Live Conference, 9 hours MCLE)

November 5-6
Paso Robles

Join us in beautiful Paso Robles, the fasted growing wine region in California, for our annual Wine Law Forum. This year's topics include water and wine, American viticultural area appellation designations, and employment law issues facing vineyards and wineries. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Wine Law Forum.

Documenting the Sale: Purchase and Sale Agreement (Livecast webinar - 1.5 hours MCLE)

Wednesday, November 18
12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Purchase and Sale Agreement is the heart of any real property sale and is often the largest and most important contract entered into by both consumer and business clients. Learn to spot the issues and available options before your client signs on the dotted line, with speaker Gordon Eng. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Purchase and Sale Agreement.

Recent Legal Developments

TILA-RESPA Integration Disclosures (TRID): Identifying What Is Known From What Is Unknown Or Misunderstood.

This article distinguishes several common misconceptions about the impact of the TRID on residential real estate transactions from the actual regulatory requirements and further identifies those concerns that do not have an identified answer as of yet. READ MORE.

How Many Judges Does It Take To Rule That A Shopping Center Tenant Is Not Liable For ADA Violations In Common Areas?

It sounds like the introduction to a joke, but I assure you, this case was no laughing matter. The answer may surprise you. In what appears to be a "no brainer" for those of us who negotiate and litigate retail leases, once an issue goes to litigation, you have largely lost control of the outcome. READ MORE.

Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law tweets and links for August 25 -- September 23, 2015, provided courtesy of CEB. See California, U. S. Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit daily case tweets on at CEB_CA:. READ MORE.

Selected Developments in Real Property Law - CA Subdivision Map Act and The Development Process

Courtesy of CEB, we are bringing you selected legal developments in areas of California real property law that are covered by CEB's publications. This month's feature is from the September 2015 update to CA Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process (Cal CEB). References are to the book's section numbers. See CEB's RPLS landing page for special discounts for section members.READ MORE.

Section News

Now Accepting Applications for The California Real Property Journal’s Editorial Board

We have openings on the Editorial Board! Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest along with your qualifications to by 5:00 pm on December 1, 2015.

Available Positions:

Editor in Chief (1): Liaison to the Real Property Law Section Executive Committee and State Bar staff, including attendance at Executive Committee meetings and updating status matrix of contributions by Committee members; provide strategic guidance as to the mix of articles within any given issue and choice of theme for special thematic issues; review all final proofs prior to print production; solicit articles; approve article selection; approve article sequence; approve MCLE article selection; supervise Managing Editors; organize and lead monthly calls with Editorial Board and CRPJ Committee; respond to general Journal inquiries; select topics for dedicated issues; prepare Journal updates and solicitation for monthly RPLS e-blast newsletter; resolve editorial discrepancies within Editorial Board; review and evaluate RPLS Law Student Writing Competition submissions.

Managing Editor (2): Oversight of two issues per year (alternate issues with Co- Managing Editor); manage Issue Editors; select article sequence and MCLE article for Editor in Chief approval; monitor timelines for article submission and editing; manage editing process for all articles; solicit articles, and propose articles to Editor in Chief; vet articles and correspond with authors during vetting process; review/ edit layout proof; update issue matrix with current status of each article; correspond with external production coordinator regarding edits, layout proof, author information, author contribution agreement, and other ancillary production items; correspond with Editor in Chief on a regular basis regarding the status of issues, articles, editors and general production schedule.

Issue Editor (4-8): Responsible with co-Issue Editor for all editing of each article within the designated issue; solicit articles; solicit and vet article editors; manage and oversee Article Editor-author communication and ensure editing quality and timeliness; maintain running list of Article Editors and contact information in Journal Workroom; manage editorial timelines; propose article order to Managing Editor; propose MCLE test article to Managing Editor; review and edit layout/ proof drafts of the Journal.  For any article without an appointed Article Editor, the Issue Editor(s) must edit that article (see Article Editor job description below).

For the full requirements, see Editorial Board.

The California Real Property Journal Is Looking For Article Editors

Interested in getting more involved with the California Real Property Journal but don't have time to write an article? The Editorial Board is looking for interested candidates for the position of Article Editor (AE). The AE is assigned one article (preferably on a topic relevant to the AE's practice) and works directly with the article author to edit his/her article at both the macro and micro level. AE's do not need to check the accuracy of cites or to correct endnote formatting. Some prior editing and/or writing experience is helpful. For additional information, or if you are interested in applying, please contact the Journal Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Kilgore at with a statement of interest, your qualifications, and a short summary of your practice.

Our Own e-Bulletin Cartoonist, Scott Miller!

We are delighted to publish legal cartoons from one of our own -- Scott Miller. Scott is Of Counsel to Dudnick Detwiler Rivin & Stikker LLP in San Francisco. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and environmental law. Check out to order Scott's book on real estate cartoons, entitled A New Lease on Life. If you have any suggested topics for Scott, please feel free to contact him at, and who knows? You might get your idea immortalized in the next E-Bulletin!

Big worried face on narrow body, in a corner

Dedicated mobile worry spot

© 2015 Scott H. Miller

RPLS ♥s Social Media: Check Out Two RPLS Animated Videos on YouTube

RPLS, The Movie! Well, sort of. Your Real Property Law Section Executive Committee has been working overtime to explain what we do and how it helps you in your life and in your law practice. Now you can tune in and get the score in a couple of minutes. Search "Real Property Section" on YouTube, and find the Real Property Section channel. The video titled "Introduction" tells you about what we do and how we do it, and why you want to be a part. "Subsection Leadership" reviews some of the great ways you can get involved in RPLS, from Subsection Chairs and steering committees, to the Real Property Law Journal and the Executive Committee. Tell your friends and colleagues, loved ones and relatives, and your "Friends", "Connections", and followers as well; we want these videos to go viral, or at least give you the sniffles.

Set up your Facebook and Twitter Accounts - The Real Property Law Section is now on Facebook and Twitter

We're pleased to announce that the Real Property Law Section has its own social media presence now.

Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

We're looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

Set up your Facebook and Twitter Accounts. The State Bar Real Property Law Section is now on Facebook and Twitter!

Like us on Facebook Graphicfollow us on TwitterWe're pleased to announce that the Real Property Law Section has its own social media presence now.

Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

We're looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Real Property Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

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Real Property Law Section
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180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368

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