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VOL. 15 NO. I                          MAINE STATE BAR ASSOCIATION


The Probate Code and Real Estate Transfers

Caspar F. Cowan, Esquire

Mr. Cowan is associated with the finn of
Perkins, Thompson, Hinckley     &  Keddy   in
Portland and is a graduate of Bowdoin College
and Harvard Law School. Mr. Cowan is a

member of the Advisory Committee on Probate
Rules, the American Colege of Real Estate
Lawyers and the American and Maine State Bar
If you, as I, felt that the new Probate
Code presents a veritable maze, permit me
to share with you a few thoughts on real
estate transfers affected by Title 18-A.
From the perspective of a person who as
a title examiner or as a conveyancer super-
vising the purchase of property derived
from a decedent, what must be abstracted
and reviewed is of prime importance.
The most frequent circumstances where
real estate is involved will be those where
the decedent's estate is being administered
by a Personal Representative and either
there is no will, or the will has been al-
Whether the proceedings have been in-
formal or formal, the personal represen-
tative has the power to sell the real estate
provided (a) he gives 10 days notice prior
Seep. 26

Madeleine R. Freeman
To Receive 1980
Distinguished Service

Dr. Loretta Malandro Communication Expert
To Address Annual Meeting

Dr. Loretta Malandro

Dr. Loretta Malandro has inspired and
entertained thousands of people throughout

the United States as a seminar le
speaker. Dr. Malandro has auth
books: Your Every Move Talks and
Communication as well as numerou
on communication. Her topic at
nual Meeting Dinner will be
Lasting Impressions: The Critical
Dr. Malandro received her
communication from Florida State
sity and currently serves as Pre
Malandro Associates, a commu
consulting firm in Chandler, Ari
designs and develops customized
and cassette tapes in manageme
and communication training ft
business and corporations.
Registration for the day an
meeting will open at 8:30 a.m., o
January 23 at the Downtown Ho
in Portland, where all meeting
will be held.

Madeleine R. Freeman
The Board of Governors of the Maine
State Bar Association have selected
Madeleine R. Freeman of Orono, Chair-
ader and    man of the Maine Board of Overseers of
ored two     the Bar, as the 1980 recipient of the
Nonverbal   Association's Annual Distinguished Ser-
is articles  vice Award. Ms. Freeman will receive the
the An-     award during the Annual Meeting Dinner
First and   which will be held at the Downtown Holi-
First Four   day Inn in Portland on January 23, 1981.
The Board selected Ms. Freeman in
Ph.D. in     recognition of her public service as a
e Univer-    member of the Supreme Judicial Court's
sident of    Select Commission   on   Professional
inications   Responsibility and as Chairman of Maine's
zona that    Commission on Governmental Ethics and
programs     Election  Practice and  the  Board of
nt, sales,   Overseers of the Bar.
r major        Prior recipients of the award are Edith
Hary, State Law Librarian, former Gover-
d a half     nor James B. Longley, Halsey Smith,
n Friday,    President and Chief Executive Officer of
liday Inn    Northeast Bankshares Association, Robert
activities  E.L. Strider, loi nrer President of Colby
College and former Un'-led State Senator
See p. 22   Margaret Chase Smith.

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