Vermont Bar Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2 Vermont Bar Journal, Fall 2017, Vol. 48, No. 3 - Page 24

New el of experienced practitioners from the pub- lic and private sectors will provide an over- view of the legal landscape as well as practical insights, observations and recommendations from the trenches.   This two-slot program will be entertaining and informative for lawyers at all levels of experience and expertise. MUNICIPAL LAW SECTION By: Brian Monaghan, Esq. This past year, the Municipal Section part- nered with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Assistance Center to conduct its annual Municipal Attorneys Seminar at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington.  The seminar focused on municipal election issues, developments in public records act jurispru- dence, and the role of the municipality in land use mediation sessions.  The Section will look to conduct another similar session on emerg- ing municipal law issues. Ideas can be posted to the online community at VBA Connect.  PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE SECTION By: Gregory A. Weimer, Esq. The Practice and Procedure Committee had a constructive year participating in two seminars for the VBA. The First was at the An- nual Meeting in October of 2016 which ad- dressed e-discovery for small civil cases.  Pan- elists were David Fenster, Jim Knapp, Judge Cohen and myself.  We had a large and en- gaged crowd.  The second seminar addressed the admissibility of social media at trial which was presented during the Solo and Small Firm Conference at the Basin Harbor Club in May of 2017. Panelists were Andrew Manitsky and myself. The substance of this seminar was Andrew’s brain child and he recruited me to present. We had an enthusiastic crowd that generated some good questions.  PROBATE AND TRUST SECTION By: Mark Langan, Esq. The Vermont Legislature enacted the Re- vised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital As- sets Act (RUFADAA). H. 152; Act 13; found at 14 V.S.A. § 3551 et seq. Effective July 1, 2017. A technical correction was made to the es- tate tax. In the major change to the estate tax during 2016, the Legislature repealed 32 V.S.A. § 7442a (c). That was unintended. It now reads “All values shall be as finally deter- mined for federal estate tax purposes.” Act 73; Sec. 8. The Vermont Supreme Court decided Strong v. Fitzpatrick, 2107 VT 35 (No. 2016- 270) holding that an attorney does not owe a duty to a non-client (the beneficiary of a will). Vermont Rules of Probate Procedure were promulgated as follows: Rule 5 (e), Rule 4 (a), Rule 80.2: Rule 5 (e) to adopt language virtu- ally identical to V.R.C.P. 5 (h) requiring a certif- icate of service to be filed after service of any document under Rule 3. (July 14, 2017); Rule 4 (a) adopts the language of V.R.C.P. 4 (b) and 24 requires that a blank Notice of Appearance form must be included by a petitioner when a complaint is served. (May 15, 2017); Rule 80.2 conforms the rule to present practice by re- quiring that a petition to open an ancillary es- tate in Vermont include a representation that the property is located in the Unit in which the proceeding is brought. (May 15, 2017). REAL ESTATE LAW SECTION By: Jim Knapp and Benjamin Deppman, Esqs. The Real Estate Section was engaged in a number of action items this past year.  The Section presented at the Annual Meeting, the Mid-year Meeting and at Real Estate Law Day.  The Mѥͼɕ͕́ѡIхєȴ)ѥѡ ͥḾ ͔ Q́݅́)䁱ͱѥ͕ٔͥͼݥѠѡI̴)хєMѥٽٕ饹ѕѥ)Ё́ɕѕѼѡɕ٥ͥ́Ѽ)ѡхѕ́хɥ́хɥ쀡)٥хɕɑ쀡͔ձɅ)ձ쁅ѡ̻ Q䁍ɥѥ)ѡMѥɥѡ啅ȁՑͥ)ЁٽٕЁݥѠѡѵЁQ)́ɕѕѼ耡ѡɽՍѥѡ)IхєQɅͅѥQ ѕ쁅(ѡ͍ͥ́ɕɑѡ ɕЁU͔)AɽɅѡՉɑѥѡ)ѡ1U͔ Q)M=1