Category Archives: Texas MCLE

Texas CLE: Texas MCLE Reporting

Texas attorneys are required to complete 15 hours every year to meet the Texas MCLE requirement and remain eligible to practice law. It is also your responsibility to make sure your mandatory TX CLE hours are accurately and timely reported to the State Bar of Texas.

Texas CLE Reporting

You are automatically given your birth month as a grace period to comply with the Texas MCLE requirements without a penalty. If you do not complete and report at least 15 hours of CLE by the last day of your birth month (grace period), you will be in non-compliance and subject to a penalty.

You must report your overall compliance with the 15 required hours on the annual verification report. Your MCLE Annual Verification Report will be mailed to you two months before your birth month.[1] For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

[1] If your verification report indicates that you have completed the required number of Texas CLE hours, no further action is required. If you have not completed or reported the minimum 15 TX CLE hours by the last day of your compliance year, a reminder Notice will be emailed and mailed to you at the beginning of the birth month (grace period).

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New CLE On Social Media Spying & Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases

You’re away on business and before you head off to bed you text your wife “good night honey, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” The next day your wife gets a call from Corky’s Pest Control offering their services to help with your bed bug problem. Yes, Big Brother is watching… and listening… and tracking. But it’s not just the government and companies – your soon-to-be ex-spouse could be hacking your emails, stalking you on Facebook or sticking a GPS tracking device on your SUV.

Divorce & Social Media Spying

Social Media spying has become a major issue in contentious divorce cases.

In this CLE course, veteran Family Law attorney Henry Gornbein will teach you about electronic spying and tracking in divorce cases. He will mainly address: potential liabilities for spousal tracking, social media use during divorce, Federal laws against spying, the use of technology to spy on spouses  and using social media evidence & ESI. To access the course please click here: Social Media and Beyond: Electronic Spying and Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases.

Also covered:

  • Invasion of privacy
  • Laws regarding unauthorized computer access
  • Stalking & harassment statutes
  • Counseling clients on social media use before & during the divorce
  • Social media as a tool and a weapon
  • The Federal Wiretap Act
    Attorney vicarious liability
  • The Stored Communications Act
  • The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
  • The First Amendment
  • GPS tracking
  • iPhone apps for divorce lawyers & clients
  • Spyware
  • Unauthorized computer access
  • Telephone issues
  • Six issues with Facebook evidence
  • Admissibility of surveillance evidence
  • Federal Rules of Evidence 104, 901 & 902
  • Authentication of social media posts
  • Tips for getting evidence admitted

Henry Gornbein practices in all areas of Michigan family law including divorce, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, interstate custody issues, domicile issues, as well as mediation and arbitration of all family law matters. In addition, he has a Television show, is associated with “Divorce Source Radio” and writes for the Huffington Post.

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 on Franchise Law & the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Franchise law is a specialized area of law that is fairly regulated by both federal law and various state laws. Knowing the intricacies of how franchising and franchise law work can enhance your skill sets as a practitioner and help you better assist your business clients.

Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) must include 23 items and it includes prospective franchisees with the information they need to make an informed decisions.

In this CLE course, Joe Donnini will cover not only the fundamentals of franchise law, but also address numerous practical points that you must consider to effectively represent your clients that are considering buying a franchise. Joe will mainly discuss the legal definition of a franchise, the federal & state regulatory framework, disclosure & documents, franchise contracts and common legal and practical concerns. Joe also spends a considerable portion of the course reviewing the 23 items in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). To access the course please click here: Franchise Law.

Joe mainly covers the following Items in the FDD:

  • The estimated initial investment
  • Initial & other fees
  • Financing
  • Renewal
  • Termination
  • Transfer & dispute resolution
  • Financial performance representations
  • Contracts

Joe Donnini is an experienced attorney, entrepreneur, educator, and business consultant. Having a diverse background has positioned Joe to gain perspective in multiple industries on many matters. Joe has assisted clients in key areas of business creation, development, operations, and finance.

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 on What Women Lawyers Can Do to Combat Bias

There’s a reason that women are sorely unrepresented in upper leadership. America’s workplaces – especially legal offices – are riddled with bias against women leaders. As a result, women seeking to advance in their legal careers face both biases that prevent them from reaching the upper echelon of their firms and careers.

Gender Bias in the Legal Profession[1]

Female and male attorneys experience a sharp disparity in their career achievements: compensation earned, management positions held, and first chair opportunities made available. This disparity is primarily the result of one factor: the discriminatory operation of gender stereotypes in all legal organizations—even the very best intentioned ones.

In this thoughtful and fast moving program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss the extent of and reasons for the achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and how gender stereotypes and gender bias prevent women from advancing in their legal careers as far and as fast as men. Andie and Al mainly discuss the ABA’s response to increase diversity & inclusion, the root of the gender bias problem and what women can do to overcome gender bias. To access the course please click here: What Women Can Do to Advance Their Legal Careers Despite Gender Bias.

Andie and Al also talk about:

  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • ABA Resolution 302
  • Men and #MeToo
  • Communal & agentic stereotypes
  • Biases that flow from gender stereotypes
  • The Goldilocks dilemma
  • Impression management
  • Seeking make allies
  • Encouraging organizational change

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity 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 Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] Rewrite the Script: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes Holding You Back

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TX CLE: REPORTING TEXAS CLE COURSES

Texas attorneys must complete at least 15 hours of CLE during each TX MCLE compliance year. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. That period starts on the first day of the month you were born — and the compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month you were born.

Texas CLE Reporting

Attorney Credits reports your completed Texas CLE courses every Monday. However, since Texas is still technically a self-reporting state it’s still the attorney’s obligation to make sure the CLE credit was received by the State Bar of Texas.

As an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in Texas, Attorney Credits does report your all your completed Texas CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. We send lists of completed courses to the State Bar of Texas every Monday. Because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for reporting completion of their continuing education requirement to the State Bar of Texas, you must verify the receipt of your completed courses by the State Bar of Texas. For more information please click here: TX 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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New CLE: Succession Planning for Business Owners

Retiring Baby Boomers will sell or bequeath $10 trillion worth of assets over the next two decades. And many of these assets are held in over 12 million privately owned businesses that will be changing hands over the next few decades.

Exit Planning for Business Owners

A recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that only about 27% of private businesses have done ANY exit planning.

Whether you and your brother are set to inherit the family jewelry business or you have business clients that are getting ready to “cash out,” this two-part presentation will teach you about key considerations in exit and personal planning for business owners. The focus of the first part of the presentation will be on income tax planning. The second part of the presentation will focus on closely held businesses, tax treatment of business entities and variables influencing transfer techniques. To access the course please click here: Exit Planning for Business Owners – Income Tax, Control and Cash Flow.

Additional topics covered:

  • The benefits of exit planning
  • Building your team
  • Transaction readiness
  • C corporation asset sale planning
  • The qualified business income deduction.
  • Intra-family succession
  • Management buy-out
  • ESOP
  • “Maturation” of the buy-sell agreement
  • The sales process
  • Mind-mapping the buy-sell
  • Family members & employees as transferees
  • Other buyers as transferees

Keith L. Troutman is a Partner in Squar Milner’s Tax Department. Michael Shafer is a Principal in Squar Milner’s Tax Department. Joshua Seigel is a senior manager in Squar Milner’s merger and acquisition tax practice. Peter Myers is Certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. Sean Kenney concentrates his practice in the areas of trusts and estates, business succession and taxation.

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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What CLE Courses Do YOU Want To See??

We get extremely busy around the end of the year and through January.  This is due to the fact that a number of states have December 31 deadlines and California has a January 31 deadline.  Once we get through our super busy period, then we switch gears and start calendaring more CLE tapings for the new year.
Well, it’s that time of the year again!  We will soon be cranking up the taping schedule and bringing you all kinds of new CLE courses for 2018.  My question to you… what CLE courses do you like to study OR what courses would you like added in 2018?  Let us know so we can bring you what YOU want to see!!

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CLE on Dealing with Clients and Attorneys with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

There has been a recent trend in the last few years to place greater emphasis on how substance abuse and mental health issues affects attorneys and the clients they represent.

The following specific personality disorders will be discussed: paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, avoidant, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dependent, antisocial, histrionic, borderline and narcissistic.

In this course, attorney Amy Allemann will address mental health and substance abuse issues among attorneys and personality disorders frequently encountered in everyday practice. Amy will mainly address depression & substance abuse in the legal profession, personality disorders common in attorneys & clients and the ethical issues involved. To access the course please click here: Dealing with Clients and Attorneys with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues.

In addition, Amy will also cover:

  • The facts about depression & suicide
  • The DSM-5 Criterion for a Major Depressive Episode
  • Signs & symptoms of chemical dependency
  • Cluster A, B & C personality disorders
  • Dealing with High Conflict Personalities
  • Reacting vs. responding
  • Competence to practice law
  • Confidentiality to clients with mental health issues
  • Dealing with clients with mental health issues
  • Your duty to report intended future client crimes.

Amy E. Allemann is the managing attorney of Boyd Law and she specializes in complex civil litigation and family law. A frequent speaker, Ms. Allemann belongs to several associations including Mensa International, LEAD San Diego, the Thomas More Society, the San Diego Lawyers Club and the San Diego County Bar Association.

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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TX CLE: Whose Responsibility is it to Ensure That Your TX CLE Hours are Properly Reported?

Texas attorneys are required to finish fifteen (15) TX CLE credit hours each annual Texas MCLE compliance period, including three (3) credit hours of legal ethics or professionalism. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. It begins on the first day of the month you were born and your compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.

TX CLE Reporting

Although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is technically a self-reporting state. Individual attorneys must ensure that their CLE credits were properly reported.

When you finish CLE courses, CLE providers are required to complete your completed TX CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. However, since Texas is technically a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for ensuring that CLE courses are properly reported. For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

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