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Litigating a Slip and Fall Case Against the City: Crumbling Sidewalks & Ruptured Breast Implants

A potential client walks into your office. She was walking down the street to her doctor’s appointment from her condo when she got her toe caught in the uneven sidewalk and fell hard on her chest. Because her arms were outstretched as she fell, her breast implants ruptured when she hit the cement. Does this person have a claim against the city?<br><br>

Slip & Fall Claim Against the City of San Diego 

Brett Schreiber tried this exact case. His client, the wife of the disgraced former mayor, was awarded $85,000 in damages against the city.

In this CLE course Brett will mainly address how to bring tort claims against a government entity and the fine points of litigating the case, with in in-depth discussion of jury instructions and strategic considerations. To access the course please click here: Slip and Fall: Crumbling Sidewalks and Ruptured Breast Implants.

Brett also discusses:

  • Filing your governmental claim
  • Minors & incompetents
  • What the claim must state
  • Pleading with particularity
  • Accrual
  • Identifying statutory grounds
  • Additional elements
  • Pitfalls
  • Investigation
  • Using Google Street View to find to access pictures of past conditions
  • Establishing notice of the dangerous conditions
  • Voir dire

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.

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New CLE: Levelling the Playing Field – An Overview of Title IX Litigation

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against discriminatory practices in schools that receive federal funding.

Title IX issues include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Access to higher education, especially in areas of study where women, including women of color, are and have been traditionally underrepresented.
  • Equal opportunity and access to athletics, including adequate funding of women’s sports; equal access to practice times, facilities, and transportation; access to scholarship monies; and pay equity among male and female coaches.
  • Sexual harassment
  • Education for pregnant and parenting students.
  • Employment, including tenure and pay equity issues, and pregnancy claims.
  • Discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • Retaliation for complaining about discrimination.

In this CLE course, attorney Adria Silva discusses what you need to know when handling Title IX cases by highlighting some of the most important elements and case law in this complex area of law. Adria mainly discusses the differences between Title IX and Title VII gender discrimination claims, pregnancy discrimination, damages, representing minor plaintiffs, filing the lawsuit and privacy (FERPA) considerations. To access the course please click here: Levelling the Playing Field: An Overview of Title IX Litigation.

Additional topics include:

  • Exempt institutions
  • Patterns of proof
  • Establishing your case
  • Affirmative defenses
  • Common plaintiffs & defendants
  • Conditions precedent
  • The OCR (Office of Civil Rights)
  • The burden of proof
  • Retaliation cases
  • Equitable relief
  • Multi-client representation & conflicts of interest
  • Forms of production
  • The Family Educational Privacy Rights Act (FERPA)
  • Recent verdicts

Attorney Adria Lynn Silva represents employees and students in Title IX gender or sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases. She has been named a Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law by Super Lawyers Magazine.

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 Florida and around the country. For more information about CLE in Florida please click the following link: FL CLE.

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New CLE Course on Business Valuation, Community Foundations and Long Term Care

Many attorneys serve as trusted advisors to small (often family owned) business owners and entrepreneurs to ensure that their businesses thrive and grow. Their business, legal and practical guidance helps the business owner to protect and enhance the value of the business and when it’s time to sell help with exit planning.

Counseling Business Owners on Valuation, Community Foundations and Life Insurance

In this CLE course you will learn about a trio of topics that will assist you when counseling your business clients.

In the first part of the presentation Melisa Silverman and Steve Mancini will teach you about attractiveness, readiness and valuation of family businesses and factors that business owners don’t always consider when selling their company. In the second part of the presentation Baruch Littman and Ellen Rosen discuss the advantages of working with a community foundation in business, real estate and estate succession planning. In the third part, Trey Fairman and Cindy Eisenhower discuss why legal practitioners need to understand the uses, benefits, liabilities, and dangers of life insurance, long-term care, and retirement distribution planning when counseling family owned businesses. To access the course please click here: Counseling Business Owners on Valuation, Community Foundations and Life Insurance.

Counseling Business Clients

Many attorneys serve as trusted advisors to small, often family owned, business owners.  In this course, you will learn many legal and practical points to help protect and grow the business and also assist with exit and succession planning.

A Partner at the Founders Group, Melisa Silverman specializes in valuation and exit planning Steve Mancini is the founder of Strazzeri Mancini LLP and specializes in asset, tax and estate planning. The Vice President of Development, Baruch Littman aims to increase the assets of The Foundation. As General Counsel of The Foundation Ellen Rosen oversees all legal and compliance matters. Cindy Eisenhower is a successful Long-Term Care sales professional. Trey Fairman partners with major financial institutions, banks and associations to provide insurance-planning services to their clients and members.

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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PA CLE: Group 1 Attorneys MCLE Deadline is April 30

For MCLE compliance purposes, Pennsylvania attorneys are broken into three different groups. These MCLE compliance groups are assigned randomly by your lawyer ID number. Group 1 attorneys in Pennsylvania must complete 12 hours – including 2 hours of ethics – by April 30.

PA MCLE Group 1 Deadline:

  • April 30 

Pennsylvania attorneys are allowed to complete 6 hours of online CLE each compliance period. We offer streaming video, downloadable audio and downloadable video courses for Group 1 Pennsylvania attorneys. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: Pennsylvania CLE.

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CLE Course: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 101

A wife is murdered in her own home. The husband claims he tried to stop the intruder but the large man over powered him and tied him up to a chair. But the wife’s Fitbit tells a different version of the story than the tale that the husband presents. As the police investigate the case and harness the digital information created by the wife’s Fitbit, it becomes instantly clear that the husband’s story does not match up and he is arrested and charged with murder.

Digital Forensics

Welcome to our brave new electronic world where cameras, cell phones, Fitbits – and even video game systems – are used as crucial evidence in civil and criminal trials.

Digital information and digital forensics has become crucial in many cases – from child pornography to fraud. Learning where to look for the digital evidence and how it can be deployed at trial is crucial in the 21st century practice of law. In Part one of this two part introductory series Lars Daniel mainly covers the various types of digital evidence to consider in your cases, the evolution of digital evidence, what digital forensics encompasses and the acquisition & preservation of digital evidence. Lars also specially addresses harnessing digital information from Google searches, Facebook Chats, “Private” Browsing, Connected Devices, Chrome, Firefox and jump lists. To access the course please click here: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 101.

This CLE course also covers:

  • Our new online lives
  • Digital footprints
  • Digital media in legal cases
  • The four primary areas of digital forensics
  • Sub-disciplines of digital forensics
  • Extracting forensically sound evidence
  • How data is organized and the fragile nature of digital evidence

Lars Daniel has numerous digital forensics certifications. The co-author of the book Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals, Lars has attended over 250 hours of forensic training and has worked on over 500 cases involving murder, child pornography, terrorism, rape, kidnapping, intellectual property, fraud, wrongful death, employee wrongdoing and large scale e-discovery collections.

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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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: Tax Planning Under the New Tax Law

What a year it’s been for tax and estate planning attorneys – a year of change and uncertainty. However, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act things have become much more clear… or have they? I know that I’ve talked to quite a few attorneys the last few months desperate for a CLE on the new tax law.

Tax Planning – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Major tax reform was approved by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on December 22, 2017. The IRS is working on implementing this major tax legislation that will affect both individuals and businesses.

If you’re one of those attorneys that needs help deciphering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, David K. Cahoone will provide his wisdom and guidance on the newly minted tax act so you help your clients chart the best path in these tumultuous times. David will mainly talk about what’s changed & what remains the same under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the increasingly critical role of building flexibility into plans and continuing to help clients discover and set a course for achieving their enlightened dreams. To access the course please click here: Tax Planning: Providing Wisdom and Leadership in Tumultuous Times.

The following will also be discussed:

  • Sunset provisions
  • Transfer tax exemptions
  • Inflation adjustments
  • Trusts and Estates Tax Rates
  • Medicare surtax
  • Chained C-CPI
  • The grand illusion of exemption increase
  • Clawback
  • Marital trust planning
  • Wealth creation, preservation & distribution
  • Portability
  • QTIP-ing with portability
  • When to make a “portability only” QTIP election
  • More basis – the new holy grail of planning
  • Why flexibility in planning matters
  • Protecting inheritances
  • Life insurance
  • Planning for high net worth clients

David K. Cahoone is the Principal at the Law Firm of David K. Cahoone and is a Laureate in Wealth Strategies and Education Fellow at the Southern California Institute. David works collaboratively with other attorneys, CPAs, financial advisors, and insurance professionals to serve the specialized planning needs of individuals, families and business owners.

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 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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The Late Georgia CLE Deadline is March 31

If you are an attorney in Georgia and you have not yet completed your 2017 Georgia CLE requirement, you are RAPIDLY running out of time! Georgia attorneys were required to complete 12 GA CLE hours by December 31 to complete the Georgia CLE requirement.

Late GA CLE Compliance

A $100 penalty fee is required if the Georgia CLE hours for the preceding year are not completed by March 31.

If you did miss the December 31 Georgia CLE deadline, you need to get your 12 hours done so you can continue to practice law in Georgia.  Failure to complete the required CLE will result in fines and suspension. For more information about Georgia CLE please click here: GA CLE.

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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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IN CLE: The Late Indiana CLE Deadline is April 15

Indiana attorneys are required to complete at least 36 hours of IN CLE each three-year Indiana CLE compliance period, including a minimum of 3 credit hours of legal ethics. The normal CLE deadline is December 31 if it’s your compliance year.

Indiana CLE – Two Key Points

  1. Indiana attorneys are limited to a maximum of 9 online CLE hours of the required 36 credit hours.
  2. Indiana attorneys must complete at least 6 hours of IN CLE courses EACH YEAR

If you were required to complete the 36 hours in 2017 and you have not yet completed the requirement you have until April 15 to fulfill your Indiana CLE requirement. For more information about CLE in Indiana please click here: IN CLE.

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