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CLE: Family and Consumer Law Pro Bono Bootcamp

Posted on October 3, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Available at No Cost to Attorneys Who Agree to Take a Pro Bono Case in The Next Year**

Thousands of low-income litigants in Illinois cannot afford an attorney and free legal services organizations alone cannot meet this need. You can be the difference! We are proud to offer you this opportunity to develop your expertise and put your knowledge to work for people in need. Join us in Rockford on October 25th for this free program that’s designed to train practitioners in the basics of handling family law and consumer/debt collection cases. Topics include: assisting clients who need to establish or challenge parentage of a minor; establishing the initial child custody or visitation order; modifying, enforcing or establishing a child support order in Illinois; assisting clients with debt collection problems; the citation process for discovery of assets in Illinois; and ethical issues that can arise during the negotiation process on behalf of individuals. In exchange for the commitment to handle just one pro bono case, attendees receive free training and MCLE credit!

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE - Estate Administration Boot Camp

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Master the basics of administering a decedent’s probate estate with this full-day seminar in Bloomington on October 23rd! Follow along as respected estate planning practitioners guide you through the estate administration process – from the initial meeting with clients to closing the estate. Trusts and estate professionals with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: What needs to be discussed during the initial client meeting; how to determine if probate is necessary or appropriate; the appropriate procedures for locating heirs and legatees; how to prepare an Affidavit of Heirship; how to handle claims against the estate; the tax consequences of distributions from the estate; when to use disclaimers and Powers of Appointment; how to create a plan for distribution; how to avoid conflicts of interest; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 0.75 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: Real Estate Law Update – 2013

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Normal on Oct. 17 to update your knowledge on the recently-enacted real estate-related legislation and current case law that will impact your practice! It is important that attorneys working in the real estate arena keep abreast of the ongoing changes and developments taking place in this important field of practice. Real estate lawyers, transactional attorneys, and commercial banking/bankruptcy practitioners – with basic to intermediate practice experience – attending this program will better understand: the real estate issues that can arise during the dissolution of a marriage; the economic development incentives being offered by municipalities throughout Illinois; how the landmark Cypress Creek case has affected lien disputes; important tax issues that can affect real estate transactions; the ethical and malpractice issues to consider when representing a client during a real estate case; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: Estate Planning: Hot Topics

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Are you a trust and estate professional, new attorney, financial planner, or accountant? Then don’t miss this hot topic discussion on a variety of estate planning issues in Chicago on October 10th! Designed for attorneys with all levels of practice experience, the seminar examines practical developments for estate planning practitioners and enhances your knowledge in a number of key areas, including: the recent changes in Federal and Illinois estate planning law; the ins and outs for irrevocable life insurance trusts; planning for disability; how to use available domestic and extra-jurisdictional vehicles to mitigate threats to your client’s wealth; the charitable planning choices and the rules for each type of gift; and same-sex planning. Can’t attend the live seminar in Chicago? Then join us via the web….this program is being broadcast as a live webcast via the Internet so attorneys can attend remotely! Click here for more information.

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register for the live program.

CLE: Insurance and Surety Bond Issues for Construction Projects – Fall 2013

Posted on September 11, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Are you an attorney, architect, engineer, contractor, or professional working in the construction field? Then don’t miss this informative, full-day seminar in Chicago on October 11th that’s designed to help you better represent your client’s increasingly complex construction projects! Attendees with basic practice experience who join us for this seminar will better understand: the different types of risks associated with construction projects; the insurance policy coverages and exclusions that apply to construction defect cases; the common commercial general liability insuring issues for personal injury claims; Builders Risk policies; using wrap-up insurance products for construction projects; the insurance requirements and issues for design professionals, including architects and engineers; the concept and enforcement of performance and payment bonds on private and public construction projects; and recognizing the ethical issues and concerns that may arise throughout your construction law practice.

The program qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval) and is presented by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections & Bankruptcy Section, the ISBA Construction Law Section, and the ISBA Insurance Law Section.

CLE: Social Security and SSI Disability Law

Posted on September 4, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Update your knowledge on Social Security and SSI Disability law with this informative full-day seminar in Collinsville on September 27th! Get the information you need to better represent your clients in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income cases. Attorneys with basic to intermediate experience practicing in family law, disability law, mental health, or the general practice arena who attend this seminar will better understand: the eligibility requirements for Social Security and SSI disability; how to prove a disability and determine an onset date; how to represent clients with mental and/or behavioral health issues; the ethical issues and concerns that can arise during a Social Security and SSI case; how Social Security and SSI can impact workers’ compensation claims, veteran’s benefits, and unemployment insurance benefits; how Social Security and SSI can impact child support, maintenance, property distribution, and other family law matters; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Disability Law and qualifies for 8.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: Advanced Mediation/Arbitration Training

Posted on August 23, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Due to popular demand – and recommended for attorneys who have previously taken a mediation course or have some mediation experience – this course was created to meet your advanced mediation needs!

Join us in Chicago on September 25th – September 27th for the opportunity to learn how to design creative resolutions, how to handle difficult attorneys and clients, and know which mechanisms to utilize in order to reach a settlement. Gain a better understanding of the benefits of opening statements, the good qualities and successful techniques of a peacemaker, and when (or if) a lawyer should modify his fees. Discover the problems with mediation, how to handle parties with subrogation interests, and how to grow your mediation practice. Each day closes with hands-on training that requires attendees to participate in various classroom mediation exercises, including a full mediation as a mediator.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane—two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases. Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane are co-authors of the “Mediation Practice Guide” and “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide.” [The “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide, 2nd Edition” is included with the purchase of this program.] They are co-founders of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, which was established in 2001.

CLE: Responding to Government Investigations in Health Care

Posted on August 9, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Do you represent hospitals, physicians, practice groups, or clinics? Are you an insurance attorney or government counsel working in the health law/regulation arena? Do you represent businesses that work within the health care industry? Then you won’t want to miss this informative half-day seminar in Chicago (or via live webcast) on Thursday, September 19th that’s designed to assist you in responding to the government’s health care investigations! Attorneys with intermediate practice skills who attend this seminar will better understand: the regulatory, insurance, and law enforcement agencies that investigate health care providers; the methods for gathering and deploying large volumes of health and business records in response to government investigations; the strategies for counseling clients through a grand jury or administrative subpoena; and the implications of the Illinois Medicaid program on government investigations in health care affecting Illinois practitioners.

The program is presented by the ISBA Health Care Law Section and qualifies for 4.0 hours MCLE credit.

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Click here for more information and to register for the LIVE WEBCAST.

CLE: Fracking in Illinois: Facts and Myths Explained

Posted on July 30, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Springfield on September 17th as we separate fact from fiction on the issue of fracking in Illinois with this informative full-day seminar! Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a hot topic issue in Illinois – especially with the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act now in place in Illinois. In order to better represent clients dealing with fracking issues, Illinois attorneys need to learn how and where fracking works, the new state law, and the status of federal and state regulations. Attorneys who attend this full-day seminar will learn: the geology of the Illinois Basin and the New Albany Shale in southern Illinois; how horizontal drilling and fracking technology has enabled increased development of Illinois’ energy resources; the requirements of Illinois’ Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act; the roles of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the environmental issues associated with fracking, including resource water management, groundwater, disposal, and air emissions; local interests, including real estate and agricultural law issues; risk management and insurance coverage; and much more!

The seminar – which qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit – is presented by the ISBA Environmental Law Section, and co-sponsored by the ISBA Agricultural Law Section, ISBA Real Estate Law Section, and ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section.

CLE: August Teleseminars

Posted on July 23, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Teleseminars simply and conveniently bring continuing legal education seminars to your office via the telephone…they usually broadcast at noon….and they’re one-hour in length…it’s that simple! Here’s a list of the upcoming ISBA Teleseminars:

Tuesday, 8/6/13
UCC Article 9 Update - A National Perspective

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