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CLE: Basic Estate Planning Bootcamp

Posted on April 8, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on April 25th for an in-depth look at the basic estate planning tools you need to effectively assist your estate planning clients! Learn the essentials of the initial client meeting, the appropriate use of advanced directives and the ethical considerations in the estate planning process. Don’t miss this opportunity to update your basic knowledge of wills, trusts, and formulating your client’s estate plan. Trusts and estate professionals, new attorneys, small and closely-held business counsel, financial planners and accountants with beginning to intermediate experience who attend this seminar will: learn how to obtain relevant information during the initial client meeting; be better prepared to draft dispositive provisions in a will; understand how to personalize a client’s will; learn to recognize potential gift and estate tax issues; understand the importance of funding trusts; learn to recognize potential gift and estate tax issues; be able to avoid the various pitfalls that may arise throughout the estate planning process; and better understand the ethical considerations in estate planning, including engagement letters, identifying conflicts, and complying with the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estate Section Council and qualifies for 6.25 hours MCLE credit, including 1.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: UCC Security Interests – Creating, Perfecting, and Liquidating

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Monmouth on April 19th for an opportunity to update your knowledge on creating, perfecting and liquidating Uniform Commercial Code security interests! Attorneys with basic practice experience working in the commercial litigation, banking, collections, and/or bankruptcy environment who attend this seminar will better understand: how to create and perfect liens; how to fix defective Uniform Commercial Code liens; how to conduct traditional Uniform Commercial Code sales; how to seize and liquidate personal property under the Uniform Commercial Code; how to handle competing lien claims; and much more.

The program is presented by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit.

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CLE: Civility and Professionalism in 2013

Posted on March 27, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on April 18th to get the wisdom and insight you need to make strong ethical and professional decisions throughout the coming year! Included are comments from an Illinois Supreme Court Justice; insight from a law school dean; judicial expectations; the current state of civility and professionalism; understanding how the legal profession handles mental illness and addiction; professional ethics; and much more! The program concludes with an interactive panel discussion of hot topics with a focus on social media, contempt findings, and best practices.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Bench & Bar Section and co-sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. It qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 6.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: Managing E-Discovery When Resources are Limited – Live Webcast!

Posted on March 22, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Litigation occasionally involves parties of very disparate sizes, which can result in a difference between the amount of electronically-stored data in each of their possessions – and an even great difference in their resources to obtain e-discovery. The costs and logistics of e-discovery can present special problems in cases where the parties are operating on a more limited budget. Join us from the comfort of your home or office on April 15th for this live webcast that offers tips and advice for these types of situations, as well as a discussion on how to find, preserve, and produce electronically-stored data.

CLE: Practicing in Juvenile Court: What to Expect, What to Do, and How to Help Your Clients

Posted on March 18, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Experienced attorneys working in the juvenile court arena can tell you that the terminology is different and the atmosphere unique – and that representing a delinquent minor or parent accused of abuse or neglect requires a learning curve, to say the least. Don’t miss this introductory program in Rockford on April 12th that more experienced practitioners wish had been available to them when they began practicing in juvenile court!

CLE: Corporate Legal Ethics

Posted on March 12, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Understanding the issues surrounding corporate ethics is vital in today’s climate. This half-day seminar in Chicago on April 12th offers you the updates you need regarding recent developments in corporate law ethics, including a look at attorney-client privilege, outsourcing, and the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

CLE: America Invents Act – Part 2: Navigating the New Patent Office Proceedings

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

When the America Invents Act was signed into law, it incorporated significant changes to patent law, including new patent office proceedings for challenging the validity of patents. These “post-grant review” proceedings were designed to create easier, less-costly challenges to patents than traditional district court proceedings. Join us in Chicago on March 20th for this informative presentation and learn how these new proceedings are being implemented, while getting the practical tips and advise you need for using them! Can’t attend live in Chicago? This program is also being offered via the Internet as a live webcast so attorneys can attend remotely!

The program is presented by the ISBA Intellectual Property Section and qualifies for 3.0 hours MCLE credit.

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CLE: General Practice Update 2013: Quincy Regional Event

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Don’t miss ISBA’s annual Quincy Regional Event in Quincy on March 8th! Enhance your professional excellence by attending this full-day seminar that gives you the opportunity to update your knowledge in a number of general practice areas with an emphasis on office practice updates. Topics include: mediation and alternative dispute resolution (non-mandated mediation); developments in real estate law; professional responsibility; Supreme Court rules; and risk management issues. Additionally, the program is comprised of two breakout sessions dealing with estate planning, family and domestic relations update, criminal law, elder law, evidence-based sentencing, employment law, and current trends in crime. General practice attorneys with all levels of practice experience will benefit from attending this informative seminar.

The program is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section and the Adams County Bar Association, and qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: Legal Issues a New Lawyer Should Know: Traffic, Estate Planning & Law Office Management Basics

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Starting your own practice? Then don’t miss this seminar in Chicago on February 28th to get the basic information you need on a wide variety of topics – from representing friends and family in simple traffic law cases, to understanding the financial aspects of starting your own law firm and using technology to market your new practice! As a new attorney attending this half-day seminar, you will better understand: the financial issues and concerns with starting your own practice, including lines of credit and budgeting the bills; how to settle on a business entity preference; client retainer and referral agreements; how to handle basic estate plans, and knowing which cases should be referred to someone else; basic traffic law issues, including moving citations, red light tickets, and cell phone violations; how to set up an IOLTA account; the risk management and malpractice issues new lawyers often face; and how to ethically market your new legal practice.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division and qualifies for 4.25 hours MCLE credit, including 2.5 hours approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit.

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CLE: Guardianship Boot Camp

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on Feb. 22 and get the information you need on various guardianship estates issues, including: who qualifies as a disabled person and why a guardian may be necessary; types of guardianship estates and who may serve as a guardian; the guardianship appointment process; requirements for opening and closing the guardianship estate; the powers, duties, and limitations of the guardian; investment requirements and fiduciary accountings; contested guardianships and how to avoid and/or settle them; the roles of the Public Guardian and Office of State Guardian; and the ethical issues to consider when acting as Power of Attorney.