Webinar: How to Improve your Law Firm’s Google Page Rankings

Attorney Credits offers one of the best CLE values in the country – if not the greatest value. Our CLE courses contain outstanding relevant content and are highly rated by our customers. And because of our online format you can take courses 24/7 from the convenience of your home or office. However, we recognize that not every important topic is available for CLE credit.

Webinar: Improve Your Law Firm’s Google Rank

This live webinar will provide you a clear understanding of how Google page rankings work and provide a series of actionable steps to immediately improve your website’s page ranking. In the business of law every detail counts!

Attorney Credits understands that running the business of law is just as important as the practice of law. You can’t help clients if they can’t find you. And nowadays, like any other goods or services, clients are finding attorneys and legal services online.  Please join us and Chris Dreyer, CEO & Founder of Rankings.io on Thursday, March 23rd at 10 a.m. PST for a highly informative website on how to improve your law firm’s google page rankings. To register for the webinar please click here: How To Improve Your Law Firm’s Google Page Rankings.

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NY CLE: When Do I Complete & Report My New York CLE Compliance?

Attorneys in New York that have been admitted to the New York State Bar Association for more than two years are considered “experienced” attorneys for CLE purposes. Experienced New York attorneys must complete at least 24 New York CLE credit hours each two-year reporting cycle. Of those required 24 hours, a minimum of 4 hours must be in the area of Ethics and Professionalism.[1]

NY CLE: Biennial Registration

At the time of the biennial New York registration, you must certify that you have properly completed your CLE requirement for the reporting cycle.

Your NY CLE compliance deadline is your birthday. Please note that you have 30 days after your birthday to report your NY CLE compliance on your attorney registration card. At the time of the biennial registration, you must certify that you have properly completed your CLE requirement for the reporting cycle and have retained the proper CLE certificates and documentation. For more information please click here: NY CLE.

[1] The remaining NY CLE hours can be completed in any category of credit.

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FL CLE: All 30 Hours (33 in some cases) May be Completed by Online Florida CLE Courses

Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total Florida CLE credit hours every 3 years, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics.  For future CLER compliance, Florida attorneys will need to complete 33 hours every 3 years.[1]  However, this new 33 hour requirement (and technology requirement) does not a apply for another few more years.[2]

Florida CLE Requirement 

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours through online FL CLE courses.

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours by completing online and downloadable FL CLE courses. Florida attorneys may complete courses though online streaming video, audio (MP3) download, video (MP4) download, CD and other offline media formats. For more information about Florida CLE courses and the CLE requirement in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

FL CLER: Technology CLE Required in 2017

[2] The first Florida attorneys that need to comply with this new requirement are those attorneys whose CLE deadline is December 2019.

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TX CLE: Whose Responsibility is it to Ensure That Your TX CLE Hours are Properly Reported?

Texas attorneys are required to finish fifteen (15) TX CLE credit hours each annual Texas MCLE compliance period, including three (3) credit hours of legal ethics or professionalism. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. It begins on the first day of the month you were born and your compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.

TX CLE Reporting

Although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is technically a self-reporting state. Individual attorneys must ensure that their CLE credits were properly reported.

When you finish CLE courses, CLE providers are required to complete your completed TX CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. However, since Texas is technically a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for ensuring that CLE courses are properly reported. For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

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IL CLE: Last Names N–Z Complete 30 Hours by June 30

The deadline to complete the IL MCLE requirement for many Illinois attorneys is June 30.  Please note that your Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee. If your last name begins with N-Z you must complete and report the required IL CLE hours by June 30, 2017.

IL CLE Reporting Group

  • Last Name N – Z
    • Report in 2017
  • Last Name A – M
    • Report in 2018

Illinois attorneys are required to complete at least thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every 2 years to complete the Illinois MCLE requirement, including 6 hours of Professional Responsibility. For more information about the IL CLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL CLE.

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NY CLE: What should I do if I have not received an attorney registration form by my birthday?

“Experienced” New York attorneys must complete at least 24 NY CLE credit hours each two-year New York CLE reporting cycle.[1]  At least 4 of these NY CLE credit hours must be in the area of Ethics and Professionalism.  You must file your attorney registration form and complete your NY CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.[2]

NY CLE/Attorney Registration Form

If you have not received your attorney registration form by your birthday in your reporting year you must contact the New York Attorney Registration unit.

At the time of their biennial registration, all New York attorneys must certify that they have properly completed their CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that they have retained the proper CLE certificates and documentation.  If you have not received your attorney registration form by your birthday in your reporting year you must contact the New York Attorney Registration unit by e-mail at attyreg@nycourts.gov or by telephone at (212) 428-2800.  For more information about CLE in New York please click here: NY CLE.

[1]  Experienced attorneys have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than 2 years.

[2]  If you were admitted before January 1, 1982 or in an even-numbered year (e.g., 1998), then you will register in even-numbered years. If you were admitted in an odd-numbered year after 1982, then you will register in odd-numbered years.

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CLE Course: How to Negotiate with the IRS

There are few things that inspire more fear in adults than three little words… Internal Revenue Service. We have all heard the horror stories of the IRS levying checking accounts, shuttering & selling businesses and even putting taxpayers in jail in the most extreme cases. However, while the IRS is an extremely powerful entity, most of what our clients fear is more myth than actual reality.

What we do as tax people is solve really particularly nasty problems that most people just don’t want to deal with.  – Sam Brotman

In this CLE course you will learn how to negotiate with the IRS in collection actions and for audits so that you can get the best results for your clients facing tax controversies. Tax attorney and expert Sam Brotman mainly addresses IRS collections functions, collections actions, how to analyze IRS issues, assessment dates & CSED, how to fill out the IRS financial collections statement, alternatives & strategies and IRS Audits. To access the course please click here: How to Negotiate with the IRS in Collections and For Audits.

Sam also discusses:

  • Typical case example & resolution
  • ACS (Automated Collections Systems)
  • The IRM (Internal Revenue Manual)
  • Levies & liens
  • Wage & tax return transcripts
  • Collections time periods
  • Getting the information you need from clients
  • How to fill out IRS Form 433-A
  • How to deal with revenue officers
  • Why people get selected for audits
  • The audit return
  • How to deal with audits
  • Problems in the audit
  • The best advice for negotiating with the IRS

Samuel D. Brotman is the founder of Brotman Law. His practice primarily centers on all aspects of tax litigation and criminal and civil tax controversies in front of the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, Board of Equalization and various other state and local tax agencies. Although a strong proponent of early stage tax resolution, Sam’s practice is uniquely tailored to assist clients in all phases of their tax controversy.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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CLE Course on 1031 Exchanges

Even the most lucrative sale of investment property includes one major downside… taxes!! But what if you don’t sell the property – and you exchange it instead? A properly structured 1031 exchange allows investors to sell investment properties and reinvest the proceeds in a new property, all while deferring capital gains taxes.

1031 Exchanges

Like anything having to do with the IRS tax code, properly structuring and completing a 1031 exchange is an incredibly complex process wrought with pitfalls.

This CLE course provides practitioners with a comprehensive review of IRC 1031 tax deferred exchanges and the real estate transactions that utilize this tax deferral strategy. A 1031 expert, attorney J. Paul Spring will mainly cover the history of 1031 tax deferred exchanges, the reasons for employing IRC 1031 and key requirements when structuring the 1031 exchange. In addition to discussing the legal requirements of the 1031 exchange, Mr. Spring also discusses number practical considerations that arise in these complex transactions.  To access the course please click here: A Practical Approach to 1031 Exchanges.

This CLE course will also address the following topics:

  • The Starker Exchange
  • Key benefits of the 1031 exchange
  • REITs
  • 1031 investment property converted to a primary residence
  • Key exceptions
  • The like kind requirement
  • Leases & options
  • Types of 1031 exchanges
  • Sales contract language
  • The equal or greater value requirement
  • Flipping properties
  • The timing of transactions
  • Identifying the replacement property
  • Related properties
  • Reverse exchanges

Mr. Spring has been a practicing attorney in California for more than thirty years, specializing in real estate, title insurance, business law, tax-deferred exchanges, trust law and short-sale transactions. He is currently the President of Investment Capital Resources.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CA CLE: Complete Late CA MCLE Compliance by June 1

Are you a California attorney with a last name N-Z?  Did you miss the March 1 California MCLE deadline?  If you answered yes to these two questions, don’t worry!!!

Late CA MCLE Compliance[1]

If you can comply by June 30, there is no need to request an extension of time. However, a late fee of $75 will be assessed if you have not reported your compliance by Feb. 1.

Yes, you will have to pay a $75 fine.  However, you will have until June 30 to complete the required 25 CA CLE hours.  And make sure to complete your 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 hour of elimination of bias and 1 hour of competence issues… and don’t forget the 12.5 hours of participatory credit!!  For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

[1] Late California CLE Compliance

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Requirements/GoodCauseModification.aspx

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PA CLE: Late Pennsylvania CLE Compliance

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete 12 PA CLE hours each annual compliance period, including at least 2 hours of legal ethics.[1]  Pennsylvania attorneys that are in PA CLE Compliance Group 3 were required to complete their Pennsylvania CLE by December 31.  If you are a Group 3 Pennsylvania attorney and you did not complete the required PA CLE by December 31 you will get a report of non-compliance from the PA CLE Board.[2]

Late PA CLE Compliance

If you receive a report of non-compliance you must comply with the PA CLE Rules and Regulations within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice.[3]

An initial late compliance fee of $100 is also assessed if you did not complete the required PA CLE by the December 31 deadline date.[4]  If you remain out of compliance – by either not completing PA CLE hours or not paying late fees – your name will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on a Non-Compliant List.[5]  For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

[1] Of the 12 required PA CLE hours, Pennsylvania attorneys may now complete 6 hours each year by completing computer based online and downloadable Pennsylvania CLE courses.

[2] If a Pennsylvania lawyer fails to comply under the CLE Rules and Regulations, the PA CLE Board will send the lawyer a report of non-compliance. The lawyer must, within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice, comply with the CLE Rules and Regulations. In addition, the lawyer must pay a late fee as required by the Board.

[3] In addition, the lawyer must pay a late fee as required by the Board.

[4] A second $100 late fee will be assessed if the PA CLE requirement is not completed within the 90 day period from the initial notice of non-compliance.

[5] The Court will issue an order to administrative suspend the licenses of those lawyers who do not comply with the PA MCLE requirement. When the order is issued, non-compliant lawyers are assessed a third $100 late fee.

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