Monthly Archives: May 2017

New CLE on Elder Law & Long Term Care Planning

The focus of attorneys that handle wills and trusts has historically been estate planning – preparing for the transfer of the client’s wealth and assets after his or her death. However, with our aging population living longer, the focus has turned from planning for death and wealth transfer to planning for long term care and asset preservation during life. And with the large number of Baby Boomers in our country reaching retirement age, this has become a rapidly growing practice area.

Elder Law

By 2030, it is estimated that 72 million people in the United States will be 65 years or older – that’s roughly 20% of the population. Medicaid and Aid & Attendance planning – the foundations of elder law – can be extremely beneficial to your aging clients.

In this introductory CLE course, Richard Scott Stewart discusses the main points of helping clients to plan for long term care and how you can add elder law to an existing estate planning practice. The main topics discussed in this course include the emerging importance of elder law, primary considerations for elder law clients, long term care planning & options, veteran’s benefits and aid & attendance. To access the course please click here: Elder Law 101: An Introduction.

Mr. Stewart also discusses:

  • Our rapidly aging population
  • Similarities & differences between elder law & estate planning
  • Acute vs. custodial care
  • Home based care
  • Medicaid planning basics
  • Medicaid planning & estate recovery
  • Medicare
  • Long-term nursing care
  • The look back rules & penalty period
    Exempt assets
  • The reverse half loaf
  • Service & non-service benefits for veterans
  • Service dates
  • The qualifications for veteran’s benefits

Richard Scott Stewart has concentrated his law practice on solving the legal problems affecting the California senior population. His elder law practice is devoted to estate planning, asset protection and retention, probate, estate administration and settlement and other elder law issues, including benefits retention and acquisition.

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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Webinar: How To Become A Local SEO Superhero

At Attorney Credits we are frequently complimented on the quality of our CLE courses by our attorney clients because of the outstanding practical content. And because of our online and downloadable CLE course formats 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: How To Become A Local SEO Superhero

In a world full of social media and review websites, there are only a select few who can rank on page one. In this webinar, we invite you to learn the secrets to be a Local SEO superhero.

Attorney Credits understands that the business of running a law firm is just as important as the practicing 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 law firms online through social media and websites. To view this webinar please click here: How To Become A Local SEO Superhero.

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New CLE on Legal Issues Created by Autonomous Cars

You’ve seen them on the Internet. Some people have seen them on the roads. Autonomous vehicles are here, many more are on the way, and they are going to change the world we live in. In a few short years, many of the cars on the road driving next to you will not be driven by human beings.

Robot Cars

Think about this – when a driverless car gets pulled over for speeding who gets the ticket? Or when a Tesla on auto pilot crashes killing the driver – is the car company liable?

Driverless cars are the wave of the future and they will change our world. How will this new technology affect your practice? Attorney Brett Schreiber provides a glimpse into the future of the auto industry, the potential liability of driverless cars and how these robot cars will affect your legal practice. To access this fascinating course that offers a glimpse into the future please click here: Robot Cars: Legal Potholes in the Road Ahead.

Brett also covers the following topics:

  • The future of cars
  • The rise of automation
  • The macro level look of automated driving
  • The effects on the trucking industry
  • Ride sharing companies
  • Joint ventures in the auto & tech industry
  • The results of automation
  • Getting access to car data
  • Autonomous driving bills around the country
  • Legal liability
  • The changes coming to personal injury practice
  • The Tesla accident
  • SB 1298
  • Defining the “operator” & “driver” of the vehicle

Brett Schreiber’s practice includes mass torts, personal injury, medical malpractice and condemnation law. Brett is a young lawyer who has begun to distinguish himself as one of the next generation of legal leaders. In 2009 he earned recognition as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys, perhaps the youngest person to do so. He is slated to be the youngest President in the history of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

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.

FL CLE: Will I Get Notice About My Reporting Deadline

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Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total Florida CLE credit hours every 3 years, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics. Florida Bar members are also required to report compliance with the FL CLER (continuing legal education requirement) every three years.[1] If you fail to complete and report the required FL CLE hours you can be fined and suspended from the practice of Florida law.

FL CLE – Reporting Compliance

  • At least 3 months before the end of your FL CLE reporting cycle
  • You will receive an email notifying you
  • Of your reporting requirements and reporting deadline

But how to you know when your it’s your reporting deadline? At least three months before the end of your FL CLE reporting cycle, you will receive an email notifying you of your reporting requirements and the impending due date. This email will be sent to you by the Florida Bar. For more information about Florida CLE courses and the CLER in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] Each Florida attorney is assigned a three-year reporting cycle, chosen at random by a computer program.

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IL CLE: 30 IL MCLE Hours Required by June 30

The Illinois is right around the corner for many Illinois attorneys. Illinois attorneys are required to complete at least 30 Illinois CLE credit hours every 2 years to fulfill the IL MCLE requirement. Illinois attorneys must also make sure to complete at least 6 hours of Professional Responsibility.[1]a

Illinois MCLE Requirement

  • Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of 30 IL CLE credit hours every 2 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 are required to complete and report the required IL CLE hours by June 30, 2017. For more information about your Illinois MCLE compliance please click here: IL CLE.

[1] Beginning with the 7/1/2017-6/30/2019 and 7/1/2018-6/30/2020 two-year reporting periods, Illinois attorneys must continue to complete 30 total hours, including at least six hours of Professional Responsibility. However, of those 6 hours, Illinois attorneys must complete 1 hour of diversity/inclusion CLE and 1 hour of mental health/substance abuse CLE. Please refer to the Commission on Professionalism’s FAQs for additional information: https://www.2civility.org/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-illinois-cle-requirement/.

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IL CLE: Illinois MCLE Deadline is June 30

Things always start to get a little busier this time of year.  The phone rings a little more and we start getting quite a few more orders for the Illinois CD bundle. That’s because the Illinois CLE deadline is rapidly approaching for many attorneys in the Prarie State.

Illinois MCLE Deadline

  • If your last name begins with N-Z you must complete and report the required IL CLE hours by June 30, 2017.

You must complete at least thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours if your last name begins with N-Z.[1]  The deadline to complete the required hours is June 30. Illinois attorneys may complete courses in a variety of media formats – online video, MP3 audio download, MP4 video download, CD and other digital media formats qualify for MCLE credit in Illinois. For more information about the IL CLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL MCLE.

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

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NV CLE: Nevada CLE FAQ

How many Nevada CLE hours do I need to complete annually? How many ethics hours am I required to complete? When do I report my NV CLE compliance? Do CLE providers report my completed courses for me to the Nevada CLE Board?

Top Nevada CLE Questions

  • When must I complete my NV CLE requirement and report my NV CLE compliance?
    • All NV CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31 and CLE compliance reported by March 1.
  • How do I report my Nevada CLE compliance?
    • In mid January the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education will mail you a Compliance Report (Form 6) reflecting CLE credit hours earned from the previous year. You must sign and return the Compliance Report to the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education by March 1.
  • Does the Nevada CLE Board keep a record of my CLE activities?
    • The Nevada CLE Board does track your CLE compliance. The Nevada CLE Board mails out a courtesy notice to all members of the Nevada Bar in October. In mid January of the following year, the NV CLE Board will mail you a Compliance Report (Form 6) reflecting NV CLE credits earned from the previous CLE compliance year.

Many Nevada attorneys – even experienced ones – have numerous questions about their NV CLE compliance. That’s why we created our Nevada CLE FAQ for Nevada attorneys… so we can help you easily find the NV CLE information you need regarding your NV CLE compliance! For more information about your NV CLE compliance please click here: NV CLE FAQ.

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NJ CLE: New Jersey CLE FAQ

How many NJ CLE hours do I need to complete? How many ethics hours are required every two years? When do I report my New Jersey CLE compliance? Do CLE providers report my completed courses? Are there special requirements for newly admitted New Jersey attorneys?

Top New Jersey CLE Questions

  • When must I complete and report my NJ CLE compliance?
    • The New Jersey CLE compliance and CLE reporting deadline is December 31.
  • What is the non-resident exception in New Jersey?
    • If you qualify for this exception you may satisfy your entire NJ CLE requirement by taking online CLE courses. To qualify you must (1) reside in (2) work in and (3) be licensed in another mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of CLE courses to be completed with online courses.
  • How do I report my NJ CLE compliance?[1]
    • New Jersey attorneys certify NJ CLE compliance on the Annual Attorney Registration and Billing Statement.

If you’re like many New Jersey attorneys – even experienced ones – you have questions about your NJ CLE compliance. That’s why we created our New Jersey CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your NJ CLE compliance! For more information about your NJ CLE compliance please click here: NJ CLE FAQ.

[1] Every New Jersey attorney is assigned to one of two compliance groups based on your birth date. Compliance Group 1 (born January 1-June 30) will certify NJ CLE compliance in even-numbered years and Compliance Group 2 (born July 1-December 31) will certify NJ CLE compliance in odd-numbered years.

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