Category Archives: Florida CLER

FL CLE: 30 CLE Hours or 33 CLE Hours??

The Florida Supreme Court approved a new rule on 1/1/2017 requiring Florida attorneys to complete technology-related CLE courses. If your Florida CLE compliance is due in the next couple years you don’t have to worry about it.

FL CLER – Technology Requirement

The first Florida attorneys that need to complete 33 hours – including 3 hours of technology – have compliance dates starting in December 2019.

Only if your compliance deadline ends in December 2019 (or later) then you must complete 33 credit hours every 3 years. Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics and 3 of the 33 hours must be in approved technology programs. Please click here to see more information: FL CLE.

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Get Your CLE Done: Keep Your Law License!

When we first opened up, our idea was to bring you quality CLE at a great price, in a convenient online format.  We know that attorneys are busy professionals and you don’t need to waste your time and  money completing CLE courses.

Falsely Certifying CLE Compliance 

Countless attorneys have been fined and or suspended for failing to complete their MCLE requirement.

At the end of the day, we also help you to keep your law license.  That’s because if you fail to complete your CLE – or worse yet, lie about compliance – it can cost you your law license. For more information about CLE please click here: Attorney Credits.

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How to Post Your FL CLE Hours with the Florida Bar

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When it comes to reporting CLE compliance, Florida is a self-reporting state. That means that Florida Bar members are required to report their compliance with the FL CLER every three years and must also report all FL CLE courses completed to the Florida Bar.

The easiest way for Florida attorneys to report completed CLE courses is online through the Florida Bar website. You will need the course ID number for the course in order to report your credit.  Click here to access the link to report your FL CLE credit hours: Report FL CLE.

Posting Your Florida CLE Credits

In order to post your CLE credits with the The Florida Bar, you can login to your account on the Florida Bar website and report your FL CLE hours.

If you complete an Attorney Credits FL CLE course, the Florida course number will be located on your Certificates of Completion once you finish the course. You can download these certificates when you are logged in from the My Certificates page. To self-report your FL CLE credit click this link: Report FL CLE.

Please contact the Florida Legal Specialization and Education department at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5842 with questions regarding online CLE credit reporting. You can also contact Attorney Credits for additional information about Florida CLE compliance or visit our Florida webpages: FL CLE.

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FL CLE: All 30 Hours (33 in some cases) May be Completed by Online Florida CLE Courses

Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total Florida CLE credit hours every 3 years, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics.  For future CLER compliance, Florida attorneys will need to complete 33 hours every 3 years.[1]  However, this new 33 hour requirement (and technology requirement) does not a apply for another few more years.[2]

Florida CLE Requirement 

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours through online FL CLE courses.

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours by completing online and downloadable FL CLE courses. Florida attorneys may complete courses though online streaming video, audio (MP3) download, video (MP4) download, CD and other offline media formats. For more information about Florida CLE courses and the CLE requirement in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

[2] The first Florida attorneys that need to comply with this new requirement are those attorneys whose CLE deadline is December 2019.

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FL CLE – 3 Hour Technology Requirement

The Florida Supreme Court recently approved a new rule requiring Florida lawyers to take technology-related CLE courses. If your Florida CLE compliance is due in the next couple years you don’t have to worry about it.

FL CLER – Technology Requirement

For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on 12/31/2016, then you would not be required to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on 12/31/2019.

If your compliance deadline ends on or after 12/31/2019 you must complete 33 credit hours every 3 years. Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs. Three of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs. Please click here to see more information: FL CLE.

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FL CLE: When is My Florida CLE Reporting Deadline?

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Florida attorneys must complete and report 30 Florida CLE credit hours each 3 year reporting cycle. But when is your deadline to report your CLE compliance?

FL CLE Deadline

Your Florida CLE reporting deadline is chosen randomly by a computer.

The Florida Bar will send you a reminder three months prior to your FL CLE deadline.[1] If you have not yet completed your mandatory FL CLE requirement when the notice is sent, you will receive a Reporting Affidavit. You must return this Affidavit by the reporting date along with an explanation of how you cured your CLE deficit. To access more information about Florida CLE please click the following link: FL CLE.

[1] The Florida Bar will also provide you notice regarding the FL CLE that you have completed. If have completed your Florida CLE requirement at that time, you will receive a Notice of Compliance. If this Notice of Compliance is accurate, you don’t have to take any further steps.

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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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FL CLE: Florida CLE FAQ

How many FL CLE hours do I need to complete?  When do I need to complete my 30 hours?  How do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses?  What in the world is CLER?

Top FL CLE Questions

  • How are CLE credits reported to the Florida Bar?
    • You must self-report your FL CLE credit hours on the Florida Bar website. In order to self-report your FL CLE, you will need to know our Florida Bar course numbers for FL CLE course that you complete. The Florida Bar course numbers are printed on your Certificates of Completion.
  • How often and by when do I need to report CLE compliance?
    • Florida attorneys are required to report FL CLE hours earned every three years. Each Florida attorney is assigned a three year reporting cycle. You can find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News.
  • What is the new technology requirement?
    • Effective January 1, 2017, each Florida attorney must complete 3 credit hours in approved technology programs each compliance period. Compliance with the new rule will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the January 1, 2017 effective date. For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on December 31, 2016, then you would not have to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on December 31, 2019.

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

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New CLE: Estate Planning 101

Estate planning is a process – accepting one’s mortality, active listening and focusing on the needs of the trustor first are just a few of the most basic issues to consider. For effective estate planning, the lawyer serves by guiding the client to contemplate life’s challenges and then formulates decisions about serious topics like long term illness, conflicts of interest, wealth preservation and eventually death.

Estate Planning 101

This course is designed for attorneys who are new to estate administration or need a basic refresher.

To learn more about this important topic that we all must face join Marguerite Lorenz, a Professional Fiduciary, for a high-level overview of the main concerns and considerations when working with clients on crafting their estate plan. Marguerite mainly discusses considering quality of life, incapacity, basic vs. advanced estate planning concepts, charitable giving & benefits, transferring wealth, serving as trustee, updating the estate plan, administering estates with guns and pets. To access the course please click here: Estate Planning 101.

Marguerite will also cover:

  • Your client’s network of people
  • Key events
  • Control points
  • Powers of attorney & conservatorships
  • POLSTs (Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment)
  • Considering tax consequences
  • Pay on death accounts, trustees & recordkeeping
  • Cash flow projections
  • Gold & silver
  • Establishing the relationship

The principal at Lorenz Fiduciary Services, Inc., Marguerite C. Lorenz has been serving as Private Trustee and Executor since 2003. Marguerite is host for a comprehensive estate planning education program (www.EstatePlanning101.org) and President of the Estate Planning Group Network. She is a frequent presenter for various professional organizations and she co-authored “Ethics for Trustees” along with Jane Lorenz.

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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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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