Monthly Archives: November 2016

NY CLE: 12 Online New Jersey CLE Hours Allowed

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New Jersey attorneys must complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each NJ CLE compliance period. Without a valid exception New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours of online New Jersey CLE courses every two-year compliance period.

Online NJ CLE

New Jersey lawyers may complete twelve (12) NJ CLE credit hours every two years through online and downloadable CLE courses – including four (4) mandatory credit hours of legal ethics (without a valid exception).

There are two different exceptions that New Jersey attorneys can apply for that allow attorneys to take all 24 CLE hours through online on-demand NJ CLE courses. These are the non-resident and medical CLE exceptions. To access more information about CLE compliance requirements in New Jersey: NJ CLE.

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CLE on Common Issues in State Tax Practice

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State taxation issues are extremely difficult to deal with – far more so than dealing with IRS tax issues. It is an incredibly vast subject and very few legal practitioners are skilled in this practice area because it requires a high knowledge bar. And even for a skilled tax practitioner, there are always new challenges, problems and issues that arise in everyday practice.

This CLE course will cover the gamut of income tax collections issues while focusing on payroll and sales tax audits.

Sam Brotman of Brotman Law will primarily discuss state vs. federal tax controversies, specific payroll & sales tax specific collections issues, Employment Development Department (EDD) audits, Board Of Equalization (BOE) audits and potential penalties. While Sam uses California as a model state for his discussion, California is modeled after the federal system like many states and attorneys around the country can benefit from his practical knowledge and expertise of the subject. To access the course please click here: Common Issues in State Tax Practice.

Additional subjects covered:

  • Voluntary & involuntary compliance
  • Priority of assets
  • How states locate missing tax debtors & assets
  • Installment agreements
  • Liens
  • Discharge
  • Warrants
  • Orders to withhold
  • Missing year returns
  • Administrative hearings
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Independent contractor vs. employee issues
  • Audit plans
  • Sales & use tax audits
  • Evasion penalties

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 California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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IL CLE: Reporting MCLE Compliance

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Illinois attorneys must complete the required 30 Illinois CLE hours and report compliance every two years.[1]  Please remember that Illinois is a self-reporting state. This means that all Illinois attorneys are required to report compliance, non-compliance or exemptions at the end of the two-year MCLE reporting period.

IL MCLE Reporting

Illinois attorneys are required to self-report their IL CLE hours every 2 years.

The Illinois MCLE Board will mail a Certification Form to each attorney at the preferred mailing address on file with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). The Certification Form must be completed and returned to the MCLE Board by the due date on the form. For more information on the MCLE requirement in Illinois please click here: IL CLE.

[1] Including at least 6 hours of Professional Responsibility.

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CA CLE: A Minimum of 12.5 Participatory Hours

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We get quite a few calls from California attorneys starting about this time of year. I’m always surprised to find that many of them don’t know about the participatory and/or self-study requirements when it comes to CA MCLE compliance. California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit every three-year compliance period.[1]

CA MCLE Requirement

  • Total Units: 25
  • Legal Ethics: 4
  • Elimination of Bias: 1
  • Substance Abuse/Competence: 1

And yes, you can take online and downloadable CLE course for CA MCLE credit.  If a CLE provider verifies your “participation” (attendance) in the course, then a CA CLE activity is considered participatory.  Attorney Credits offers online and downloadable CA CLE courses that can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.[2] For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] Or put another way – California attorneys CANNOT complete more than 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit.

[2] You choose the type of credit you want before you begin your CLE course.

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Substance Abuse CLE Course: Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle

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Laurie Besden graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors degree in criminology and criminal justice in 3.5 years with a 3.97 grade point average. In a matter of few short years she was taking 50 pain pills a day and going through $2,000 of cocaine every week.

“I was addicted to Vicodin, a prescription medication for pain relief, and was taking up to 50 pills a day. In feeding my habit I broke the law and went to jail and had my law license suspended.”[1]

This is Laurie’s personal story. This is a story that starts with a little nitrous oxide at the dentist as a kid and eventually escalates into full blown abuse and addiction during her appellate court clerkship. This is also a story of hope, redemption and personal triumph. Laurie shares her story with you so you can avoid the perils of substance abuse and addiction that pervades the legal profession. In this CLE course Ms. Besden helps you grasp the disease of addiction and recovery process, provides information on how to identify and help attorneys struggling with substance use & mental health disorders, outlines the resources that are available to attorneys and details how Lawyer Assistance Programs around the country provide assistance for attorneys and judges. To access the course please click here: Don’t Give up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle.

Why Substance Abuse CLE?

  • Legal profession has the HIGHEST RATE of depression of any occupation
  • Attorneys are nearly 4 TIMES more likely to suffer from depression
  • 28% OF LAWYERS screened positive for depressive symptoms
  • Attorneys are nearly TWICE as likely than the general population to develop a substance use disorder

Laurie J. Besden is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of Pennsylvania. She was the 2015 recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Award for her dedication to public service in the legal profession.

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 New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] Back From Addiction, and Sharing the Lessons

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CLE Course: Counseling Your Clients on Trademarks

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Ford, Coke, Nike, Starbucks… every business uses trademarks and service marks to identify their goods and services. A strong trademark or service mark can make the difference between a wildly successful business – and its not-so-successful competition.

A trademark is valuable because it helps distinguish a business from competing brands and products in the marketplace. The valuable good will of the business becomes intertwined with the company’s trademarks and reputation amongst consumers.

While business owners and entrepreneurs are great at what they do – starting and running businesses – they are not always great at choosing the best marks for their products, services and companies. To learn more about counseling your business clients on trademarks, join intellectual property attorney Mark Reichenthal as he discusses the primary considerations for selecting strong trademarks. Mark mainly discusses intellectual property protections for businesses, counseling clients on selecting a strong trademark and strong business trademarks from top established companies. To access the course please click here: Counseling Your Business Clients on Trademarks.

Additional subjects covered:

  • Intellectual Property protection
  • The rationale behind trademark law
  • Choosing a better trademark
  • The scale of trademark strength
  • The continuum of protection
  • Actual use of the mark
  • Trademarks & cannabis
  • Educating clients
  • Pushing your client’s to stronger marks

Mark Reichenthal practices in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, new media, entertainment law, book publishing and general business contracts. Prior to joining Branfman Law Group, Mark was a Senior Counsel at Wiley Publishing – the publisher of the wildly successful and famous “…For Dummies” series where Mark was responsible for managing the day-to-day legal affairs of the company.

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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NY CLE: Newly Admitted New York Attorneys Can Now Take Some CLE Courses Online

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Attorneys in New York that are newly admitted to practice in the state have special CLE requirements that are different than experienced attorneys.[1]  Newly admitted NY attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the New York State Bar. That’s a total of 32 newly admitted CLE courses in the first 2 years.

Newly Admitted NY CLE Requirement

  • Sixteen (16) accredited hours
    • In EACH of the first two (2) years of admission
  • Requirement EACH year:[2]
    • 3 hours – Ethics & Professionalism
    • 6 hours – Skills
    • 7 hours – Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice

Newly admitted New York attorneys NOW have the option to complete 14 of the required 32 credit hours by completing by completing on-demand computer based CLE programs in the areas of law practice management and/or areas of professional practice.[3] For more information about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

[1] Under the New York CLE Rules, attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar for two (2) years or less are considered newly admitted attorneys.

[2] In each year newly admitted attorneys must complete 3 hours of ethics & professionalism, 6 hours of skills, and 7 hours of law practice management and/or areas of professional practice

[3] The first set of 16 transitional NY CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the New York State Bar Association. The second set of 16 transitional hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries of admission to the NY State Bar.

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CA MCLE: Don’t Forget Participatory & Legal Ethics!!

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California attorneys with last names N-Z (Group 3) must complete and report and report compliance with the CA MCLE requirement by the February 1 CA CLE reporting deadline. California attorney beware: the State Bar of California  has been conducting thousands of California MCLE audits each year. Below, you will find some of the top mistakes California attorneys make when completing their CA MCLE.

California MCLE – Do It Right!

  • 25 total hours
  • 12.5 participatory hours
  • 4 Ethics
  • 1 Bias
  • 1 Competence Issues (formerly substance abuse)

Please make sure to properly complete your CA CLE requirements. You will feel much better in July when you get that MCLE audit letter from the State Bar of California in your mailbox!! For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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IL CLE: How many MCLE hours are required?

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Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years to fulfill the IL MCLE requirement. Illinois attorneys must also make sure to complete at least 6 hours of Professional Responsibility.

IL MCLE Requirement

Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years.

The biennial deadline to complete the Illinois MCLE requirement for Illinois attorneys is June 30. If your last name begins with N-Z you must complete and report the required IL CLE hours by June 30, 2017.

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States with December 31 CLE & MCLE Deadlines

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Today is November 1st. Every year, when the calendar flips to November, the phone calls and emails (and now live chats) start to pick up. That’s because attorneys in many states across the country must complete their required CLE (Continuing Legal Education) by December 31. November means its time to get on the ball!

December 31 CLE Deadlines

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

There is no need to panic – there is still plenty of time to complete your required CLE! We offer CLE courses for attorneys in almost every state with a December 31 deadline. Since our CLE courses are all on-demand, with Attorney Credits you can take CLE courses on your schedule at any time of the day or night. You can study your courses online or download your CLE courses in audio or video format (in most states), we give you the most options! For more information about CLE please click here: Attorney Credits CLE.

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