Thursday, September 27, 2007


The Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (formerly the Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law), of the American Bar Association, is holding its Fall, 2007 Continuing Legal Education meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on September 27-29, 2007.

Yes, that's right, the "RPTE" Section -- not the "RPPT" Section -- is holding that meeting. That ABA law practice section has changed its name!

The change in name is noted in an announcement posted in its latest quarterly eReport:

Section Name Change

The name of the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (RPPT) has been changed to the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (RPTE). The two divisions will be Real Property Law (RP) and Trust and Estate Law (TE).

The reason for the name change is the industry’s decreased use of the word “probate” when referring to trust and estate law.

The ABA House of Delegates approved the name change on August 13th at the ABA Annual Meeting.

Look for our new Section name and logo on all upcoming materials!

On its website, the list of committees is now divided into its two divisions reflecting the new name of the Section:

And the articles in its latest posted eReport now appear under headings of "Real Estate Law" and "Trust and Estate Law".

Speaking of that eReport, there are three good articles posted relevant to the subjects of this Blog, all authored by Jim Roberts:

I am sure that they will get around to renaming the "RPPT eReport" as the "RPTE eReport" for its next issue.

Similar bar association substantive law sections in Florida, New Jersey, & Texas have not changed their names from the former ABA model. On the other hand, the practice section in Maryland is a stand-alone "Estate & Trust Law" section; and there are many other variations.

Should we, in Pennsylvania, consider changing the name of the "
Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section" of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in a parallel fashion?

"What's in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

-- William Shakespeare, quoted by BrainyQuote