Monthly Archives: April 2013

CLE Course: International Taxation

Asset Protection CLE

Whether its foreign investors structuring inbound U.S. business ventures or U.S. companies engaging in cross-border transactions or exporting products or services overseas, the current economic conditions have increased the need for attorneys to be proficient in international taxation and corporate law.  Knowing overseas business operations and transactions and understanding the inbound and outbound tax consequences can be vital for the companies and individuals that you represent because in today’s global economy most business transactions involve some element of international tax.

If you need help understanding the nuances of international taxation, Attorney Credits has recently added an excellent new CLE course presented by Los Angeles tax attorney Jacob Stein. In the course, Mr. Stein provides an excellent overview of the taxation of cross-border transactions as he primarily addressed outbound taxation, passive foreign investment companies (PFICs), expatriation and inbound taxation.  This CLE course can be accessed by clicking on the following link: International Taxation.

Further topics discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Successful planning & structuring options
  • Taxation & Business Entities: foreign partnerships, sole-proprietorships & corporations
  • Subpart F & Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFCs)
  • Subpart F Income and foreign & domestic trusts
  • Constructive Dividends
  • Planning to expatriate
  • The expatriation of Facebook founder Eduardo Saverin
  • Transfer taxes that apply to nonresident aliens
  • Income taxation of investing in real estate
  • Effective business forms for doing business overseas
  • The tax consequences of offshore entity choices

This Attorney Credits’ CLE course places special emphasis on corporate forms, planning, and structuring. Even if you are not a tax practitioner – or an expert at tax law – you will be able to easily follow this informative presentation and you will quickly learn about the tax issues and traps that apply to Americans doing business abroad and foreigners conducting business activities inside the United States.

Attorney Credits is pleased to bring you this excellent CLE course on international taxation.  Jacob Stein is a leading national expert on asset protection. He is a Certified Tax Law Specialist and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Stein has written several articles on asset protection and tax planning, including Asset Protection Planning (Education Foundation, 2009) and Advanced Tax Planning Techniques (Education Foundation, 2009). He is an adjunct professor of taxation at the CSU, Northridge Graduate Tax Program, and has been an instructor with the California CPA Education Foundation and National Business Institute for a number of years.

This CLE course on International Taxation is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)
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CLE Course: The Anatomy of a DUI Case

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At some point in just about every attorneys legal career, there comes a time when a client, colleague, relative or friend comes to you and needs help with a sticky situation – a driving while intoxicated charge.

“What do I do, they ask … can you help me?

But you’re a personal injury or estate planning attorney … what do you do then?

If you need help counseling a client or colleague who was recently charged with a DUI or DWI, Attorney Credits has just added an excellent new CLE course on the main aspects of handling a DUI case.  In the course, criminal defense attorney Paul Neuharth primarily addresses the criminal case, evidence, field tests, the readiness conference, the civil/administrative case and the rising blood alcohol defense. To access the CLE course, click this link: The Anatomy of a DUI Case.

Further topics discussed in this DUI CLE course include:

  • Bail
  • Subpoenaing Records & Officers
  • The Charge
  • The Readiness Conference
  • The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test
  • Walking the Line
  • The Portable Breath Test (PBT)
  • Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
  • GERD
  • Blood Tests
  • Breathe Tests
  • Alcohol Absorption
  • The Crime Lab Packet
  • Probable Cause
  • Motions to Suppress
  • Defenses
  • The Writ of Mandate

This CLE course is an excellent resource for attorneys that need help understanding the practical aspects of a DUI charge.  Paul H. Neuharth Jr. is a sole practitioner and has extensive experience in both administrative and criminal law.  He is on the American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California and was also listed in the Criminal Law attorney category by The Daily Transcript (2010, 2011).  Mr. Neuharth was a California State Law Enforcement Officer from 1983 to 1990, receiving 7 commendations for his service.

This DUI CLE course is accredited in the following states:

  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • South Dakota (SD)
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Increased MCLE For California Lawyers???

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California attorneys – what are your thoughts on MCLE?  Do you love it … hate it?  Are you ready for some more of it???

That’s right, the State Bar of California may soon be increasing the MCLE requirement for California attorneys.  When I opened my email this morning, one of the first things I came across was the April edition of the California Bar Journal.  The first title that caught my eye was entitled: “MCLE overhaul contemplated at public hearings.”

“The issue is, is MCLE really doing what it is supposed to be doing …. If not, how can we make it do what it is supposed to be doing?”[1]

                      – Loren Kieve, chair of the Member Oversight Committee

One of the main concerns is that California has one of the lowest MCLE credit hour requirements in the country, requiring only 25 CA CLE credits every three years.  Only Alaska and Hawaii – which require a mere three hours of CLE classes each year – have a lower requirement.  Nevada, New Jersey and New York all require 12 mandatory CLE credits each year, while states like Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Washington require 15 CLE hours annually.

Two public hearings are slated for April 18th in Los Angeles and May 8th in San Francisco.  Once the public hearings have concluded, a proposal will be submitted to the Board of Trustees who will consider the information presented at the public hearings.

The hearings will cover the following topics:

  • The mission of MCLE
  • MCLE requirements
  • The sub-fields of ethics, elimination of bias and substance abuse.
  • MCLE providers
  • Different types of MCLE instruction

In it’s original MCLE system, California attorneys were required to complete 36 CA CLE credit hours every three years.  I would not be surprised to see a return to this system … with some slight modifications.  One thing is for certain – it will probably be quite a few years until any significant changes take place to the MCLE program in California.


[1] MCLE overhaul contemplated at public hearings

http://www.calbarjournal.com/April2013/TopHeadlines/TH3.aspx

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Georgia MCLE: 12 Units Annually

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Attorney Credits recently started offering CLE courses for Georgia attorneys to complete their Georgia MCLE requirement.[1]  Georgia attorneys must complete 12 CLE hours each year, including 1 hour of legal ethics and 1 hour of professionalism.[2]  Georgia attorneys may complete 6 credit hours per year through online CLE courses – these are known as “in-house” hours.[3]

Active lawyers are required to keep current on the law by attending a minimum of 12 hours of education each year. Of these, at least one must be in ethics, one must be in professionalism, and for trial attorneys three must be in litigation.[4]

Georgia attorneys must complete the required 12 credit hours before the December 31 Georgia MCLE deadline.  If your CLE hours are incomplete as of December 31, you are entitled to a grace period.  The grace period for Georgia attorneys expires on March 31.  If you miss the March 31 deadline, you must pay a $100 late fee at which point your MCLE deadline will be extended to June 30.  If you complete your Georgia MCLE requirement after June 30, there will be an additional $150 late fee.[5]  You can monitor your GA CLE record during the year by logging into your account with the State Bar of Georgia.[6]

If a Georgia attorney remains in noncompliance with the GA MCLE requirement, the attorney may be suspended from the practice of law in Georgia.

Get your GA MCLE done today with Attorney Credits!  Attorney Credits offers an assortment of one-click Georgia MCLE bundles and we also offer MP3 Player and USB stick compliance packages.  If you select an online compliance package you can complete your courses with our streaming audio & video courses if you want to work online, and we also offer MP3 and video download courses if you want to study without an Internet connection.  Attorney Credits brings Georgia attorneys CLE Your Way!  Georgia attorneys may complete 6 credit hours annually with Attorney Credits CLE courses.


[1] See: Attorney Credits Offers CLE in Georgia

http://www.attorneycredits.com/wordpress/2013/02/attorney-credits-offers-cle-in-georgia/

[2]  Trial attorneys must also complete 3 trial credit hours (Litigation).  All active, non-exempt members who are not part of the Transition into Law Practice Program are subject to the Georgia MCLE requirement.

[3] These type of hours are called in-house hours and they are tracked on attorneys’ CLE transcripts maintained by the State Bar of Georgia CLE department staff. An attorney can take 6 in-house hours per year and can carry forward 6 CLE hours to the next succeeding year.

http://www.gabar.org/aboutthebar/faq/faqs.cfm?filter=Mandatory%20Continuing%20Legal%20Education

[4] Continuing Legal Education

http://www.gabar.org/membership/cle/

[5] For a total of $250 for late completion of your CLE requirement.

[6] To access your account with the State Bar of Georgia, use this link:

http://www.gabar.org/membership/memberlogin.cfm

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CLE Course: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

As the economy continues to struggle along and numerous homeowners remain underwater, many Americans have turned to bankruptcy for a fresh financial start. Many of your own clients may even be considering bankruptcy – but how do you know if Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 is a better option for your client?screen-capture

Attorney Credits has just added an excellent new CLE course about the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.  Presented by Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney Michael Raichelson, the course also includes a thorough discussion of the foreclosure process.  The course primarily covers the mechanics of Chapter 13, eligibility to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, information to gather from the client, how to get the bankruptcy process started, the Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, schedules and forms. The course can be accessed by clicking this link: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy for the Non Bankruptcy Attorney.

Further topics addressed include:

  • Foreclosure Trends
  • The Reminder Call
  • The 30-day ‘cool off’ period
  • The Notice of Default
  • Unlawful Detainer
  • Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13
  • Costs
  • The Right Client
  • Eligibility Debt Limits
  • Filing the bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Software
  • Bankruptcy website and resources

Michael H. Raichelson has over 18 years of experience assisting individuals and businesses throughout California and the United States manage their debt problems.  Mr. Raichelson is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Los Angeles County Bankruptcy Forum.  In 2011, Mr. Raichelson was recognized as one of the premiere attorneys in the Los Angeles area, earning inclusion in California Super Lawyers for Southern California.

This Chapter 7 Bankruptcy course is accredited in the following states:

  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • South Dakota (SD)
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Florida CLER

In an earlier post I discussed a fundamental topic –  the use of MCLE versus CLE.  About half of the states use MCLE to describe the minimum amount of CLE that an attorney must complete to remain compliant with the state bar.  The other half of the states do not use MCLE and instead simply call it ‘mandatory CLE.’  And then there is Florida ….

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Florida is the only state that utilizes the terminology CLER – Continuing Legal Education Requirement.  Rule 6-10 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar sets out the rules governing the Florida CLER program. Each member of the Florida Bar must complete 30 hours of approved CLE each 3 year compliance period, including 5 mandatory hours of ethics, professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness. The Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) directly supervises the Florida CLER program and completing the CLER late can lead to fines and suspension.

If you need more information about the Florida CLER program, Attorney Credits has an excellent Florida FL CLE FAQ that can answer many of your questions about CLE in Florida. Attorney Credits also offers individual CLE courses and one-click Florida CLE compliance bundles for you to complete your CLER. Our Unlimited Florida CLE package is also a good way to complete two CLER compliance cycles with one package.

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