Learn to identify common substance use and mental health disorders in the legal community, become aware of the leading causes of chronic stress within the legal professional, and understand ARDC and ABA rules related to attorney competence and ethics.
Learn how to run a more productive, professional, and profitable law practice through smart integrations and automation of your software and services. We will touch on ways to improve everything from lead qualification to client intake to case management to referrals. Improve the efficiency of your communications and operations with solutions that require minimal time, effort, and cost.
Learn about different ways local governments can regulate religious uses, the types of claims that can be brought, and strategies for handling zoning applications under RLUIPA, RFRA and the First Amendment. Originally presented as part of Land Use Law in Illinois, available in its entirety as P1902-19U.
Understand the financial consequences for a divorce when one party files for bankruptcy. Is filing a joint bankruptcy in both parties’ (and the attorneys’) best interest? Appreciate the difference between Chapter 7, 13 & 11 including what can be discharged. Learn when does filing of a bankruptcy stays a divorce proceeding and how can that stay be lifted.
When should you use a (d)(4)(A) first party special needs trust vs. a third party SNT vs. a pooled first party SNT vs. an ABLE Account? Understand the elements that must be included in a (d)(4)(A) first party trust, and learn best practices for the drafting process. SAMPLE FORMS PROVIDED.
What is special needs planning? What are the different types of special needs trusts and when should you use them? This course offers answers to those questions as well as an overview of important special needs planning issues like "spend-down" and the ABLE Act. You will also learn about the unique challenges of representing special needs clients and their families, including the impact of implicit biases and what is appropriate language to employ when working with special needs clients.
*SAMPLE FORMS PROVIDED* Learn about drafting third party special needs trusts (those which are funded with “other people’s” money, not the money of the beneficiary who has disabilities). How are these trusts are created? How is money transferred during the life of the donor or at the donor’s death? How do transfers impact the donor?
Learn best practices for collecting attorneys’ fees by reviewing statutory provisions and relevant case law, including ethical constraints on billing and collection. Learn how to protect yourself with effective engagement letters, proper billing techniques, and more.
Learn tips and guidance on how to deal with difficult situations and officials, while not losing your cool. Originally presented as part of the 7th Annual Local Government Law Institute, available in its entirety as P9017-19U.