Monthly Archives: March 2017

New CLE Courses Added!!!

At Attorney Credits, we recognize that we live in a fast paced, ever-changing world.  Every new day brings new inventions, new fads and emerging trends in the practice of law – from utilizing cloud technology to drone law.

New CLE Courses:

  • A Practical Approach to 1031 Exchanges
  • A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts and Bolts and “Do’s and Don’ts”
  • But I Only Had Two Beers!!
  • Civility and Professionalism: Gender and Culture Bias in the Legal Profession
  • Counseling Your Business Clients on Trademarks
  • Crafting a Simple and Effective Closing Argument
  • Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations
  • Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle
  • Estate Planning 101
  • Evidence: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom
  • From Harry Ellis to Trump: The Ethics of Federal Disqualification Motions
  • How to Negotiate with the IRS in Collections and For Audits
  • Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Representing Disabled Veterans Before the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Phone Knows All: Cell Phones, CDR Reports and GPS Tracking for Attorneys

For that reason, we are constantly adding new CLE courses to keep up with new changes and developments in the law.  Our goal is to keep you as current as possible so you can best serve your clients!  For more information about Illinois CLE please click here: IL CLE.

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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 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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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

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