Changes in technology and the market have necessitated changes in the way the standard Real Estate Contract needed to be drafted to protect the parties to a transaction. Since 2003, the various Real Estate Associations in Northern Illinois have worked together to create a single contract that would assure that all of the parties to the contract are working toward closing. In 2016, a group of about 13 Real Estate Brokers and about 7 attorneys worked over 120 hours to create a new standard contract. This course, presented by experienced real estate practitioner Erica Crohn Minchella, will review both what the contract says and how it differs from the prior version that was in common usage. In particular, the program will focus on the Attorney Review and Inspection Review paragraphs.
Erica is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law and has practiced law for 35 years, of which 33 have been in some form of her own firm. Jokingly referring to herself as a “distress real estate lawyer”, Erica concentrates her time, talents and passion on assisting clients to be well-informed about their real estate decisions, whether they are buying a home or an investment, as well as helping them get out of debt and to build a solid financial future. Her field of expertise includes the spectrum of conventional and distressed real property issues, foreclosure defense, short sale transactions, and counseling her clients in re-establishing their credit and becoming debt free and mortgage free.
She also advises investors in need of exit strategies for real estate deals gone sour as well as those who see the current market as a great place to invest, as well as home buyers who are purchasing conventional and distressed real estate. For five years in a row, Erica has been named a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network and has been named a Super Lawyer for 2017. The extent of her mentoring younger attorneys in her areas of concentration as well as marketing and law office management has been acknowledged in the Kathryn Barisa Rinella Mentoring Award, given to her by the Justinian Society of Lawyers.
Erica serves on the Boards of the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys (Founder and President), and Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association and is a Commissioner on the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission. Currently, Erica is the 2016-17 Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Council. She is regularly invited to be on the faculty of continuing legal education programs on real estate issues. Her business and professional association memberships include the Justinian Society of Lawyers, Small Business Advocacy Council, Women’s Council of Realtors, Women’s Bar Association and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce. She has maintained her Real Estate License for over 25 years. The mother of two grown children, she has been married for over 32 years to her husband, Jim.
good detailed presentation
The attorney was extremely comfortable with the materials, had good experience and was a comfortable speaker. Good speaker
The presenter was excellent. I appreaciated the stories and the cautionary notes. I also liked her pace. This was great.
Very well done
Erica was engaging and the presentation was pretty informative.
excellent discussion of new real estate contract
WOW, this presnter really knows her law. Good job, lawline!
excellent presentation by a major professional who materially participated in drafting the revised 7.0 contract.
Wonderful program. Besides meeting my CLE requirements, I got information directly pertinent to a matter I am working on. Excellent and knowledgeable presenter!
well-organized and presented very clearly
Excellent presenter. So much information and knowledge!
Very interesting and knowledgeable instructor.
very practical and useful
Exceptional presentation. Informative and well presented.
Thank you for a knowledgeable presentation.
Well done and complete
Excellent presentation and terrific knowledge of the subject matter
Good presentation - very straightforward!
Covers a lot of material effectively.
Excellent presentation with practical advise.
Excellent walk through of new form.
A great webinar.
Very good overview of Illinois real estate law with useful tips for practitioners.
The speaker gave a well organized, coherent, and informative presentation. Very useful information for the practitioner.