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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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New CLE: Using Clio to Streamline Your Legal Practice

We live in the 21st century.  Practice and case management software now provides attorneys with a convenient method of effectively managing client and case information – from conflicts and calendaring to documents and billing.  It can be used to share information with clients and other attorneys in the firm via the cloud and it is also scalable so you can choose the best fit for your firm.

Practice Management Software

How do you choose between MyCase, Clio, Rocket Matter or one of the many other service providers?

This CLE course will review how Clio practice management software can help you run a more efficient law firm by attorneys who have implemented Clio at their law firm. Eric Hanscom, Ian McDaniel and Ryan Pickett of Hanscom Alexeev & McDaniel LLP mainly address tracking client information, managing conflicts of interest, calendaring and document management. This course will focus on how Clio can be used in an Intellectual Property and business law firm context. To access the course please click here: Using Clio to Streamline Your Legal Practice.

The panel of speakers also address:

  • The advantages of cloud based software
  • Costs & savings
  • Tracking renewal fees
  • The client intake process
  • Invoices
  • Integration with other applications and programs
  • Electronic signatures

Before beginning his own practice, Eric Hanscom utilized his science background and law degree to gain experience in multiple facets of patent, trademark and copyright law.  Ian McDaniel focuses his expertise on advising emerging companies and small and mid-size businesses in corporate and securities transactions and general counsel services. A graduate of the University of San Diego Paralegal Program, Ryan Pickett will be enrolling in law school in 2018.

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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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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CLE Course: What Non-Insurance Attorneys Should Know About Insurance Coverage

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Insurance can be an extremely important source of funding for the defense of any lawsuit and the payment of any judgment or settlement for many different causes of action. The failure to recognize when insurance coverage applies and how coverage is triggered can adversely affect your clients and can easily lead to a malpractice lawsuit.

Insurance Coverage

Failing to recognize when and how insurance coverage applies can adversely affect your client’s case and lead to a malpractice lawsuit.

In this CLE course Jared De Jong and Timothy Heggem of Payne & Fears discuss the key points that you need to know in order to preserve potential insurance benefits available to their clients. Jared and Timothy discuss the types of insurance that provide coverage and how to identify them, the types of events that trigger coverage, how to maximize the likelihood of triggering coverage, what to do if the insurer fails to provide coverage, how to best proceed if the insurer imposes unreasonable limitations on the defense it provides, and the steps to take if the insurer and insured disagree about settlement. To access the course please click here: What Every Litigator Should Know About Insurance Coverage.

Additional topics discussed include:

  • “Claims made” nightmares
  • Sources of policy information
  • Commercial general liability policies
  • How to trigger the duty to defend
  • The compliant
  • Denial & delay of coverage
  • How to proceed if the insurer refuses to pay defense counsel’s full billing rates
  • The insurer’s right to settle
  • What to do if the insurer is not defending the suit

Jared De Jong is an associate at Payne & Fears LLP working in the Insurance Coverage Group. Timothy Heggem is an associate in the Insurance Coverage Group at Payne & Fears LLP.

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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TX CLE: New Texas CLE Courses Added

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Our goal at Attorney Credits is to bring you the most current and relevant CLE programming that will make you a better attorney. We try to create about 4-8 new CLE course each month to constantly expand and diversity our CLE library. These are the latest CLE courses that we have added for Texas attorneys:

  • Bankruptcy, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
  • Digital Asset Landscape: Preparation for Changes in Legislation
  • Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • Ethics in Jury Selection
  • Hot Topics and Emerging Trends in Cannabis Litigation
  • Keep Calm and Drone On: Regulation and Liability
  • Obtaining a Green Card Through Marriage
  • Securities Crowdfunding in the Age of Kickstarter
  • The Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Top Tech Tools for Lawyers
  • Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?

We are constantly working hard to bring you the best CLE courses and the best CLE presenters. We are not limited by geography like many city and state Bar Associations. We bring you the best presenters and CLE content at your fingertips, available at any time of the day or night. For more information about Texas CLE, please click here: TX CLE.

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CLE on Emerging Trends in Cannabis Litigation

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The green gold rush has taken off. With marijuana laws rapidly changing across the country, many individuals and businesses have sought to cash in off the new “green gold rush.” Dispensaries, growers, cultivators and many others now seek to establish their position in this lucrative new industry and their share of billions of dollars in new business. Unfortunately, the last few years has also seen a massive boom in litigation for businesses involved in the marijuana industry, as these new cannabusineses get snared in litigation. Complicating matters, many states now have some form of marijuana regulation and each state is extremely different on how they regulate their cannabis programs – and marijuana still remains illegal under federal law.

Do you know what the emerging trends are in cannabis litigation? Do you have the knowledge to guide clients through an ever-changing regulatory maze? Do you know the key strategies to fully help your cannabusiness clients?

In this CLE course, Washington attorney Hilary Bricken discusses key topics and emerging trends in marijuana regulation and litigation. Hilary mainly addresses key issues in the cannabis industry, hot topics in cannabis law, business law in the context of emerging litigation issues and practice points to help your clients avoid litigation. To access the course please click here: Hot Topics and Emerging Trends in Cannabis Litigation.

Further topics covered:

  • Federal pre-emption
  • Enforcement memos
  • IRS & taxes
  • The USPTO
  • Bankruptcy issues
  • The NLRB
  • State vs. state litigation
  • Trademark infringement
  • Taxes
  • The CHAMPs case
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Commercial disputes
  • NIMBY
  • Administrative appeals vs. the state
  • Municipal litigation
  • Insurance coverage
  • Product liability

Hilary Bricken is an attorney at Harris Moure, PLLC in Seattle and she chairs the firm’s Canna Law Group. Since joining Harris Moure in 2010, Hilary has earned a reputation as a fearless advocate for local businesses. Hilary’s clients — start-ups, entrepreneurs, and companies in all stages of development — value her bold approach to business strategy. She takes pride in her strong client relationships, which allow her to hone in on each company’s unique needs and goals. Her practice consists of representing marijuana businesses of all sizes in multiple states on matters relating to licensing, corporate formation and contracts, commercial litigation, and intellectual property. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the cannabis industry in 2014, Hilary is also lead editor of the Canna Law Blog.

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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CLE on Bankruptcy, Money Laundering & Terrorism

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Spearheaded by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), leaders and governments have sought to monitor and suppress money laundering and terrorism financing around the globe. This became even more pressing here at home after the 9/11 terror attacks. Due to our legal system and the use of anonymous entities like LLCs, the United States is an easy place to hide money and terrorists have begun using our financial and legal systems to launder dirty money and clandestinely move it around the world to finance terrorist and other illegal operations. Unfortunately for attorneys, there is a very fine line between assisting clients and crossing into criminal activity.

Dirty money gets produced by organized crime and other criminals though drug trafficking, prostitution, tax evasion, corruption, financial crime and many other sources.

Peter W. Bowie, the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, has seen these matters develop first hand from his view from the bench. In this CLE course, Judge Bowie explores the evolving link between bankruptcy, money laundering & terrorist financing and the attorney’s duty to investigate. The main topics addressed by Judge Bowie include money laundering around the globe, the use of anonymous entities to hide money and the attorneys increased duty to investigate. To access this course please click here: Bankruptcy, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.

Additional topics presented in this CLE course:

  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Money Laundering’s 40 recommendations
  • The 2002 ABA Task Force
  • ABA Formal Opinion 463
  • Risk based client due diligence
  • How individuals hide money from creditors
  • The anonymous purchase of numerous high end American properties
    The 2016 GlobalWitness.org report
  • The Panama Papers
  • Confidentiality
  • Attorney-client privilege
  • Rule 11
  • Recent case law regarding attorney investigations

Peter W. Bowie, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, spent 27 years on the bench. He leverages his vast experience in the courtroom to conduct mediation settlement conferences and contribute to the firm’s mediation practice. A skilled mediator, Judge Bowie has successfully resolved several vigorously contested, large fee application disputes, and other important cases. Before joining the bench, he served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California for 14 years, the last six as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, overseeing operations of the criminal and civil divisions. Earlier in his career, he served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was hired through the Department’s prestigious Honors Program.

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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CLE Course on Preparing the Client & Defending the Client in Depositions

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Trial is so expensive that the deposition is now the most important discovery device where you, in essence, “try” your case in front of the opposing parties and obtain critical information about your opponent, witnesses and case. Ultimately, your ability to depose a witness effectively to discover helpful or damaging information about the case has a huge impact on your chances for success and the results that you achieve for your client.

The goal of every deposition tool is to turn information into evidence – evidence that can be used at the settlement table or at trial to either help your client or weaken the opposing party’s case.

Join Roy Comer, a trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience, for a highly informative and practical presentation on how to prepare and defend your clients in depositions. The main topics discussed by Mr. Comer include the four key aspects of depositions, the goals of preparation, protecting the client, preparing the witness for the deposition, special issues related to videotaped depositions, the four cautions about protecting the witness during the deposition, the ground rules and transcript mechanics. To access the course please click here: Preparing the Client and Defending the Client in Depositions.

Additional subjects covered by Mr. Comer include:

  • Developing clear & succinct testimony
  • Dealing with the client’s emotions & beliefs
  • Refreshing the client’s recollection
  • Structuring the client’s testimony
  • Instructing the client on how to be the best possible witness
  • Training the client to understand the meaning of properly stated objections
  • Cautions for the attorney regarding objections
  • Taking a break when you have a rambling
  • Exhausted or confused client, how to practice with the client for video depositions
  • The correct physical & mental approach
  • “Overprotecting” your client
  • Conferring with your client “off the record” during the deposition
  • The proper manner of objecting
  • Instructing the client not to answer
  • The ordering of questioning & questions
  • Reading, correcting & signing the transcript
  • The post-deposition client debriefing

For over thirty-five years Roy L. Comer has been dedicated to handling damage cases, including catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile, truck, motorcycle, medical negligence, defective products, and dangerous premises claims. In addition, Mr. Comer has also represented individuals and medium-sized businesses in real estate, landlord-tenant, insurance and contract disputes. Defending these types of claims has provided Mr. Comer with further insight into how insurance companies approach these claims. Mr. Comer’s clients depend on his broad experience, coupled with the highest legal, professional and empathic standards.

This CLE course is currently 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (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.

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CLE Course on Limited Scope Legal Counseling

What is the human value of offering affordable legal services through a limited scope counseling-at-law practice?

Limited scope legal counseling services can include bankruptcy assistance, real estate matters, trusts & estates and mediation guidance to name a few areas – while litigation services and more complex cases are referred out.

Increasingly, people in this country cannot find affordable legal services to find redress for their legal problems. Few people actually qualify for legal aid and many consumers simply can no longer find legal services that are within their budget. For the attorney, offering limited scope counseling can be a great way to provide reasonably priced legal services while avoiding the stress and burnout that make so make so many attorneys unhappy with the practice of law.

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In this CLE program, attorney Janet Sobel will show you how a limited scope counseling practice can become a practice of its own. Janet mainly discusses the value of limited scope legal counseling for the attorney & legal consumer, how limited scope counseling works, case examples from her own practice and key considerations before offering limited scope legal counseling services. The course can be accessed by clicking here: Limited Scope Legal Counseling: Transitioning To A New Model.

Further issues presented in this CLE course:

  • The stress & substance abuse of the legal profession
  • The cause of attorney unhappiness
  • Specialists vs. generalists
  • Offering affordable legal services
  • The collaborative law approach
  • Educating your clients
  • Attorney compensation
  • Referral fees
  • Prevailing party fees
  • Sources of clients
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Payment from clients
  • Fee agreements
  • Using email to communicate with clients

Janet E. Sobel has provided limited scope counseling-at-law for over 14 years. She has learned there is a need for affordable limited scope counselors-at-law and that attorneys can create a successful and personally rewarding practice. Ms. Sobel was a litigator in the “law firm” setting until 1999, when she decided she wanted something more fulfilling than an active litigation practice. By working from her home, Ms. Sobel found she could eliminate the high cost of a traditional law firm practice and reduce her rates, thereby providing affordable “counseling-at-law” services to her clients. Thus, Ms. Sobel helps her clients address a wide range of legal issues in an economical way.

This CLE course on limited scope legal counseling is currently 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 continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA MCLE.

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You finally got your client their day in court and the jury has come back with a favorable result for your client. Both you and your client are ecstatic… but how do you collect on that judgment?

While the recent downturn in the economy has made it more difficult for parties to enforce judgments there are still steps you can take to collect the money that is owed to your client.

In this course presented by attorneys Jaime Sheen and Elizabeth Mattis you will learn about a number of available avenues for collecting on a judgment. The main topics addressed include judgment liens on real & personal property, enforcement via writ of execution, special enforcement procedures, property exempt from money judgments, third party claims, enforcement of sister state & foreign judgments and the impact of bankruptcy filing upon judgment.  To access the course click here: Wanted – Debtor Alive: How to Successfully Enforce a Judgment.

Further topics covered include:

  • Key points on judgments
  • The application for the writ of execution
  • Using the sheriff to enforce levies
  • Types of levies (bank, till tap & keeper)
  • The sale of real property
  • The debtor examination
  • Wage garnishment
  • Liens on litigation proceeds
  • Receivers
  • Charging orders
  • Creditor suits
  • Opposing exemptions
  • The homestead exemption
  • Full faith & credit
  • Automatic stays
  • The preference period
  • Notice of appearance & request for special notice
  • Utilizing bankruptcy specialists

Jaime Shean represents individuals and companies in all aspects of general business and commercial litigation, with a specialty in the representation of lenders in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. She has litigated in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts on behalf of lending institutions, non-bank lenders and Fortune 500 companies. A substantial portion of her practice also encompasses transactional work, in the documentation of commercial, asset-based and real estate loans and in connection with problem loan workouts. Elizabeth Mattis specializes in real property law, commercial law, secured and unsecured lending, and bankruptcy matters. Her experience includes real property financing transactions, personal property and asset based lending transactions, participated and syndicated transactions, and problem loan workouts. On the litigation side, Ms. Mattis represents individuals and companies in all aspects of general business and commercial litigation, with a specialty in the representation of lenders in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. She has litigated in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts on behalf of lending institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

This CLE course is currently accredited 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (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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