IL CLE: Late Reporting Deadline is September 30

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The deadline to complete the Illinois MCLE requirement for Illinois attorneys (last name A – M) was June 30.[1] Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement, including 6 hours of Professional Responsibility.

IL CLE Reporting Group

  • Last Name A – M
    • Report in 2016
  • Last Name N – Z
    • Report in 2017

If your last name begins with A-M and you have not yet completed and reported your required IL CLE, you must finish your CLE hours and report by September 30. You will be subject to late fees, but you will still be able to practice law in Illinois. For more information about the IL MCLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] Please note that your IL MCLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name (as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the Illinois ARDC).

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NY CLE: Self-Report New York CLE Compliance

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We often get calls from attorneys around the country asking about New York CLE course reporting. Usually, the attorney that calls want to know if we report their course completion to their State Bar or CLE Commission. The short answer is…. it depends. It depends on what state. In some states, providers are required to report and in other states attorneys must report.

NY CLE Reporting

New York attorneys must self-report NY CLE compliance on the attorney registration form every two year compliance period.

New York is a self-reporting CLE state.  That means that providers do not report your completed NY CLE courses to the New York CLE Board.[1] In fact, New York attorneys don’t even have to report the completion of their individual NY CLE courses. In order to fulfill the reporting requirement, you must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your New York CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years. For more information on New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

[1] We do maintain a record of all your completed courses and you can access your certificates of completion at anytime from our website.

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CA CLE: Group 3 MCLE Compliance Date is February 1

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California MCLE (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) refers to the approved continuing legal education that is required of California attorneys. California attorneys must complete a total of 25 hours of approved CA CLE credit every three years. Of those 25 required hours, 4 hours must be completed in legal ethics, 1 hour in competence issues and 1 hour of elimination of bias.[1]

CA MCLE Group 3 (N-Z)

  • Deadline: 2/1/2017

California attorneys that are in Group 3 (Last names N-Z) must complete and report CA MCLE compliance by the February 1 CA CLE reporting deadline. California attorneys beware: the State Bar of California has been conducting thousands of California MCLE audits each year. Please remember to properly complete your required California CLE! For more information about the CA MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.[2]

[1] And don’t forget to complete at least 12.5 hours of participatory credit!

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CLE on QDROs and Retirement Benefits in Divorce

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Mistakes in drafting a judgment of divorce/dissolution and drafting a QDRO (qualified domestic relations order) are very common and can be extremely costly for your client. Practitioners that fail to appreciate the key nuances of QDROs may commit errors that can result in loss of significant benefits to the non-employee spouse. Considering the prevalence of pitfalls, the potential impact of errors and the high liklihood that divorce actions will involve a QDRO, practitioners must anticipate and avoid mistakes in drafting the judgment of divorce/dissolution and the QDRO.

The value of pension and retirement benefits in this country is estimated to be over $15 trillion dollars and covers over half of the American workforce. These retirement savings now represent the bulk of many clients’ assets and dividing retirement accounts is often one of the most important aspects of divorce proceedings.

In this CLE course, Joshua D. Ferraro provides numerous practice points about QRDOs, defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans and cash benefit plans so you can avoid making key mistakes with your client during divorce. When you are done viewing this course you will be able to: navigate ERISA & the laws that govern retirement assets, recognize the different types of retirement assets and how they work, understand the procedures & substance of how these retirement benefits are divided, valuate plans & distinguish marital versus non-marital components and avoid common pitfalls. To access the course please click here: Understanding How Retirement Benefits Are Divided in Divorce.

Additional issues discussed in this CLE course:

  • How to value defined contribution plans
  • How the pre-marital share is divided
  • How to calculate defined benefit plans
  • The Qualified Joint Survivor Annuity (QJSA)
  • Frozen vs. unfrozen pension accounts
  • How the interest will be assigned in a defined benefit plan
  • Survivorship benefits
  • Military qualifying court orders
  • IRAs

Joshua D. Ferraro assists attorneys and individuals with Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs). He assists clients throughout Florida with claims arising from personal injury and wrongful death as well as those involved in intra-family disputes involving a contested will or trust. In addition to his litigation practice, Josh continues to advise family law attorneys throughout Florida and the country on the process of distributing retirement benefits in compliance with federal law. Outside of his law practice, Josh donates a substantial amount of time to working with local charitable organizations.

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)
  • 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 on Dealing with Homeowner Associations (HOAs)

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An HOA (Homeowners Association) is a nonprofit corporation or unincorporated association that manages a common interest real estate development.  Most of us have a good idea of the tasks that HOAs perform – but what are the limits on an HOAs power?

According to Community Associations Institute, over two million people in the United States serve on HOA boards or committees!

Presented by attorney Jay Brown, this class will provide a primer for lawyers regarding basic homeowner association (HOA) functions, rights, and responsibilities. The main issues discussed by Jay include where to start when dealing with HOAs, key governing documents, the function of the Board of Directors, communication with members and current issues. To access the course please click here: Homeowner Associations: Recurring Issues and Common Difficulties.

Additional topics that are covered in this CLE course:

  • Key legal resources
  • HOA laws
  • Judicial attitudes
  • Common area maintenance
  • Exclusive Board control
  • Budget
  • Investigating complaints
  • Members opportunity to be heard
  • Dispute resolution
  • Assessments
  • Fines
  • Pets
  • Notice
  • Enforcement
  • Insufficient reserves
  • Smoking
  • Short term rentals

Jay J. Brown, J.D., has been with Feist, Vetter, Knauf and Loy, APC since 1991. A 1990 graduate of California Western School of Law, Jay served as the Chair of the Real Property Section of Bar Association of Northern San Diego County from 1996-1998 and served on the Board of Directors from 2000-2003. He frequently speaks to legal groups and associations on homeowner association issues and landlord-tenant law.

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)
  • 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 on Authentication of Handwriting in Legal Cases

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Have you had a case where the authenticity of a signature on a document was at issue?  Cases that involve contracts, wills (even graffiti!!) and other important ‘writings’ often turn on whether it was written by a certain person.  This CLE presentation details the scientific methodology used by forensic handwriting examiners in order to determine the authenticity of handwriting and signatures.

When the veracity of writing is at issue, attorneys frequently turn to an expert – a trained forensic handwriting examiner.

Mike Wakshull of Q9 Consulting provides an excellent introduction to the tools and the trade of the forensic document examiner. In this highly informative presentation Mike teaches the basics of handwriting analysis, describes natural variations in handwriting, explains the forensic document examiners role, highlights case examples where the authenticity of handwriting is at issue and provides an objective framework for handwriting analysis & authentication. To access the course please click here: Authentication of Handwriting in Legal Cases.

Additional topics covered in this CLE course:

  • The Zodiac case
  • Inter-writer variability
  • Intra-writer variability
  • Handwriting identification techniques
  • Reasons for special cause variation
  • 21 key elements for handwriting identification
  • The tools used to examine documents
  • Generally accepted methods of examining documents
  • Handwriting comparison
  • The difference between simulated writing and disguised writing

A court-qualified forensic document examiner, Michael N. Wakshull has been involved in the Forensic Document Examination arena since 1983 and belongs to a number of Document Examination Associations. Mike has been qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts and Federal District Court, testifying in cases involving contract disputes, will contests and others. A treasure trove of information, Mike frequently presents to legal groups and associations around the country.

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)
  • 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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NV CLE: How Do I Report My Nevada CLE Hours?

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OK, so you are on top of your game this year. You actually got all 12 required credit hours of NV CLE done way ahead of the December 31 Nevada CLE deadline. Now what??? Now it’s time to let the Nevada CLE Board know you did your NV CLE!!

Report NV CLE Hours

Nevada is an attendance verification state. You must report all your completed NV CLE credit hours to the Nevada CLE Board.

Nevada attorneys must report completed NV CLE hours by submitting Form 3 or by submitting your Attorney Credits’ certificates of completion to the Nevada CLE Board.[1] For more information on how to report your NV CLE hours and review your Nevada CLE transcript please visit the Nevada CLE Board webpage.

[1] Form 3 (Declaration Verifying Attendance)

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CO CLE: How to Report Your Colorado CLE Hours

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All attorneys admitted to practice in Colorado must complete 45 CLE credit hours – including 7 hours of ethics – during each compliance period. The 45 CO CLE hours must be completed every three years.[1] All Colorado CLE credits must be reported to the Colorado Office of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.

Colorado CLE Course ID Number

To report your completed CO CLE hours, you will need the course ID number for the course. The course ID will be located on the Certificate of Completion that you will be issued once you complete the course.

You will use the online Colorado CLE affidavit system to enter the course ID number and report the CO CLE credits you’ve earned. If you do not have a course ID, you can search the online Colorado affidavit system by course date and sponsor. Or you can contact Attorney Credits for further assistance in locating the course ID number: CO CLE.

[1] The first CO CLE compliance period begins on the date of your admission to practice law in Colorado and ends on December 31 of the third full calendar year following the year of your admission.

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Report Arizona MCLE Compliance by September 15

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Arizona attorneys must complete at least 15 credit hours of AZ CLE each compliance period, including at least 3 credit hours of legal ethics. Arizona attorneys must also report completion of their Arizona MCLE requirement each annual AZ MCLE compliance period.[1] Arizona lawyers must submit proof of completing their Arizona CLE requirements annually on a form provided by the State Bar of Arizona.[2]

When is the Arizona CLE affidavit due?

In order to satisfy the AZ MCLE reporting requirement, Arizona attorneys must file their CLE affidavit annually by September 15.

Please note that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify or accredit CLE providers or CLE courses. Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and currently offers CLE courses in 48 states. We are Approved Providers of CLE in states such as California, New York, Illinois and Texas. In addition, Arizona attorneys have completed thousands of CLE hours through Attorney Credits by completing our interactive online and offline CLE courses. For more information about Arizona CLE please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] The annual Arizona CLE compliance period runs from July 1 to the following June 30.

[2] The online electronic affidavit is made available on the State Bar of Arizona website beginning in July. Arizona attorneys may also use the blank affidavit located in the Arizona Attorney magazine issued in mid-August to report compliance with the Arizona MCLE requirements.

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NJ CLE: Compliance Group 1 Deadline

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in New Jersey must complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two year NJ CLE compliance period.[1] The deadline to complete and report your NJ CLE compliance is December 31. However, not every New Jersey attorney must complete their CLE at the end of 2016 because there are two different New Jersey CLE compliance groups

Group 1 NJ CLE Compliance 

  • Birthday falls between January 1 – June 30
    • You are in Compliance Group 1
  • Compliance Group 1 must complete & report all NJ CLE hours
    • By December 31, 2016

Don’t wait until December 31! With Attorney Credits you sign up in minutes and start studying your NJ CLE courses online or you can download your courses and work offline. All of our New Jersey CLE courses are available to you at any time of the day or night. Please click here for more information about CLE in New Jersey: NJ CLE.

[1] Of the required 24 NJ CLE credit hours, at minimum of four (4) credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics. Without a valid exception, NJ attorneys can complete 12 credit hours of online CLE courses every two-year compliance period.[1]

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