Session I – Brief History of Property Ownership – Paige M. Bellino, and Stephen McNally
In this seminar, the panelists will provide a brief history of property ownership in the United States, including the use of legal descriptions to describe parcels of land and the varying types of legal descriptions employed throughout the country. Practitioners will also learn the basics of a title search and how it is used to trace ownership of a given property back to the original grant of title. The panelists will explain the importance of the chain of title in dealing with real property issues and provide some real-world examples of how the chain of title was crucial in resolving title litigation.
Key topics to be discussed:
What is Chain of Title – A Brief History
How and When the Chain of Title is Used
Why Chain of Title is Important – An Overview of Common Title Issues
Case Studies on Tracing Chain of Title
Session II - Ethics in Attorney's Real Life: Avoiding common errors – Josh Andrews
Ethics is one of the items that sets our profession apart from other service providers. As trusted advisors, we are often asked questions that can place us in difficult circumstances. In this CLE, we will focus on how to avoid common errors in Attorney ethics looking at real world examples.
Key topics to be discussed:
Beginning and Terminating Representation
How to Manage Client Communication
Avoiding Mistakes in Client Confidentiality
Understanding Conflicts of Interest
Mistakes in Marketing and Social Media
Date: November 3, 2022
Paige M. Bellino | McNally & Bellino, LLC
Education: University at Albany, State University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude; Western New England University School of Law, J.D.
Admissions: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Middle District of Pennsylvania
Ms. Bellino has experience representing buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate transactions. She also regularly represents lenders and owners in title claim litigation involving priority disputes, boundary line disputes and other common and obscure title issues. In addition, Ms. Bellino assists clients with the business formation, continuity and dissolution process, and her services include but are not limited to corporate filings, contract negotiations (partnership agreements, operating agreements), preparation and enforcement of corporate governance documents (articles of incorporation, constitution and by-laws) and advice pertaining to exit plans for business dissolution.
Ms. Bellino also represents clients in matters of estate planning, and has extensive litigation experience, having appeared in many courts, state and federal, on a wide variety of matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania pertaining to title claim litigation, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights and professional liability matters. In July, 2021 Paige joined with Stephen McNally, Esquire to form McNally & Bellino, LLC.
Ms. Bellino has served as a panelist/faculty member for various seminars concerning real estate and title issues. She is an active member of the Camden County Bar Association, the Cape May County Bar Association, the New Jersey Land Title Association, the Pennsylvania Land Title Association and is an Affiliate Member of the Cape May County Association of Realtors and the NEXUS Board of Realtors. Ms. Bellino is also a volunteer board member of the Cherry Hill Football Club, where she serves as the Director of Carding and Certification. Ms. Bellino resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with her husband and their two sons, and in her spare time she likes to cook and enjoys running.
Stephen McNally | McNally & Bellino, LLC
Education: St. Joseph’s University, B.S., cum laude; Temple University School of Law, J.D.
Admissions: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Federal Courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Practice Areas: Commercial Real Estate Transactions; Title Claim Litigation; Professional Liability; Commercial Litigation; Creditor’s Rights; Business Formation and Continuity.
Stephen McNally has extensive experience in land-related litigation and transactions. He has handled all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including but not limited to preparation and negotiation of contracts, assistance with due diligence, negotiation of loan documents, compliance with lender instructions and analysis of insurable and marketable title. Mr. McNally has been retained by a number of Title Insurance Underwriters to litigate title claim matters on behalf of owners and lenders.
Additionally, Mr.McNally focuses on the representation of industry professionals, such as architects and engineers. Mr. McNally is well-versed on the organization of legal entities and provides counsel to clients about the responsibilities of directors and officers. He is also a Rule 1:40 Qualified Mediator included on the roster of Court appointed mediators in the State of New Jersey. In July, 2021 Stephen joined with Paige M. Bellino, Esquire to form McNally & Bellino, LLC.
Mr. McNally has been a speaker on title claim issues for New Jersey Land Title Association as well as having served as a panelist for several seminars concerning complex real estate transactions and title insurance coverage and claims. Mr. McNally is a member of the New Jersey Land Title Association, the Pennsylvania Land Title Association, the Cape May County Bar Association, an Affiliate Member of the Cape May County Association of Realtors and an Affiliate Member of the NEXUS Board of Realtors. Mr. McNally splits his time between his residences in Philadelphia and Sea Isle City. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running and spending time with his family. Some of his favorite memories include running the Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Half Marathon with his son and daughter.
Josh Andrews | Gatehouse Law
Josh Andrews is the managing partner of Gatehouse Law where he focuses his practice on the legal needs of entrepreneurs, business law, and complex transactions, such as business formations; business transactions; raising capital for businesses; complex business negotiations; national and international intellectual property management, property disputes and expansion of business; mergers and acquisitions; and preventative law business consulting.
Mr. Andrews is admitted to practice in Alabama and Georgia. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Andrews earned his B.A. degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law.
Session I – Brief History of Property Ownership | 2:00pm – 3:40pm
What is Chain of Title – A Brief History | 2:00pm – 2:20pm
How and When the Chain of Title is Used | 2:20pm – 2:40pm
Why Chain of Title is Important – An Overview of Common Title Issues | 2:40pm – 3:00pm
Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm
Case Studies on Tracing Chain of Title | 3:10pm – 3:40pm
Session II – Ethics in Attorney’s Real Life: Avoiding common errors | 3:40pm – 4:50pm
Beginning and Terminating Representation | 3:40pm – 3:50pm
How to Manage Client Communication | 3:50pm – 4:00pm
Avoiding Mistakes in Client Confidentiality | 4:00pm – 4:10pm
Break | 4:10pm – 4:20pm
Understanding Conflicts of Interest | 4:20pm – 4:30pm
Fee Arrangements | 4:30pm – 4:40pm
Mistakes in Marketing and Social Media | 4:40pm – 4:50pm