Now Offering Montana CLE!!

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In our effort to provide as many attorneys as possible around the country with convenient and affordable CLE we now offer online on-demand CLE courses for attorneys licensed to practice in Montana! Montana attorneys must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of approved Montana CLE every year.  Of those 15 credit hours, Montana attorneys must complete at least two (2) Legal Ethics OR Professionalism credit hours each annual compliance period.

Montana CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Required Credits: 15 credit hours
  • Compliance Deadline: March 31
  • Reporting Deadline: April 1

The Montana CLE compliance period ends on March 31 and the deadline to report your MT CLE compliance is April 1.[1] Montana attorneys may carry over 30 “live” credit hours from one compliance period to the next. However, online CLE credit hours may not be carried over to the next compliance period.

All of Attorney Credits’ online on-demand CLE courses have been pre-approved for CLE credit by the Montana CLE Commission.

Please note that a maximum of five (5) credit hours of online CLE courses may be applied to the annual MT CLE requirement. Our pre-selected one-click Montana Bundles are the quickest way to get started on your MT CLE requirement. You may also Build Your Own Montana CLE Bundle, select individual MT CLE courses, or choose Unlimited CLE for 1 full year. For more information about CLE in Montana please click here: MT CLE.

[1] However, there is a 6-week grace period during which you may earn and report MT CLE credits without penalty.

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Missouri CLE: MO CLE Deadline is June 30

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For Missouri attorneys, the day is fast approaching… the day you must complete your annual 15 credit hour Missouri CLE requirement!  Missouri attorneys only have a handful of weeks left to complete the annual 15 credit hour MO CLE requirement. All CLE hours must be completed by June 30 – and don’t forget to complete the 2 required hours of legal ethics.

Missouri CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: July 31

In addition, you must also file your Annual Report of CLE Compliance (Form 1) with The Missouri Bar by July 31 in order to timely report your MO CLE compliance. You must either report that you have completed fifteen (15) hours of MO CLE or claim an exemption as a non-practicing attorney. Even if you have carryover CLE hours from the preceding CLE reporting year, you still must file an Annual Report of Compliance by July 31 listing the carryover CLE hours and any other MO CLE programs that you attended.

According to the MO CLE Rules, no more than six (6) other credit hours may consist of self-study, videotape, audiotape or other similar programs or activities that are accredited programs or activities.

Missouri attorneys may generally complete a maximum of six (6) hours through self-study CLE courses. Online CLE courses are considered self-study under the Missouri CLE rules. Therefore, a maximum of six (6) credit hours of MO CLE may be earned by Missouri attorneys each annual CLE compliance period through online and downloadable CLE courses. Please Note: the three (3) required hours of either ethics, malpractice, or professionalism may NOT be earned through on-demand online courses. For more information about CLE in Missouri, please click the following link: MO CLE.

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CLE Course on Deploying Expert Witnesses

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Expert witnesses are retained to take the stand and share their specialized knowledge with the court – specialized knowledge that may help the judge and jury better understand the facts, issues and theories in the case. As technology has permeated almost every aspect of society over the last few decades and legal cases have become increasingly more complex, expert witnesses have come to play a central role in almost many phases of litigation.

How you handle expert witnesses – whether it’s your own expert witness or the opposition’s expert – can significantly affect the outcome of your case and the results you achieve for your client. Failing to prepare or improperly examining your expert at trial can be the difference in winning or losing your case and can cost your client millions of dollars.

In this highly informative and practical two-hour CLE course, trial attorneys Mark Adams and Isaac Zfaty teach attorneys how to best prepare and utilize expert witnesses for depositions and trials. The main phases that the course focuses on are pre-trial, depositions, qualifications hearings & proceedings, direct examination, cross-examination and strong vs. weak experts. To access the course please click here: Fundamental Principles for Expert Witnesses.

Topic of discussion in this CLE course include:

  • The expert’s skills & expertise
  • The engagement
  • The runaway expert
  • Communications with your expert
  • FRCP 26 & the expert’s written report
  • Trial & deposition preparation
  • Emotional expectations at the deposition
  • Keepin’ it classy
  • Depo-speak
  • The “list all” questions
  • The Daubert hearing
  • Dealing with objections
  • What to say when “yes” or “no” won’t work
  • Just say “no”
  • Saying “I don’t know”
  • Silence is golden
  • Jujutsu – the “gentle” “technique”
  • Inflammatory questions
  • Rapid fire questions
  • The lifeline
  • The last word
  • Using clean crisp sentences
  • Body language
  • Owning the opinion

Isaac R. Zfaty specializes in business litigation, partnership & corporate disputes, and general real estate matters. He has tried cases throughout Southern California and provided legal counsel in numerous other states, Europe, and the People’s Republic of China. Isaac also acts as general counsel for a number of small to mid-sized companies in Orange County, California. One of the most successful trial practitioners in the state, Isaac was responsible for two of the fifty largest jury verdicts in California in 2009. Mark S. Adams focuses his practice on business litigation – including contracts, products liability, corporate and partnership disputes, and hospitality litigation. On behalf of hotel and resort owners, Mark has successfully litigated the termination of long-term, no-cut, hotel management agreements, franchise agreements, fiduciary duty issues, TOT assessments, investor-owner disputes and more. He also has significant litigation experience in representing real estate developers and real estate investors.

This CLE course is currently 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA MCLE.

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CLE Course on Discovery Basics in Family Law Cases

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While discovery is important in every legal case, discovery is even more crucial in family law cases because you will need to locate all the assets that are part of the marital estate. When marriages begin to fall apart, disgruntled spouses resort to hiding assets in a variety of ways – from stashing cash under pillows to locking away titles to property in safe deposit boxes. For this reason, mastering the tricky art of discovery is one of the keys to becoming an effective family law practitioner.

You’ve met your new family law client and you have decided to undertake the representation. How do you uncover the information that is pertinent to your case that you need to get the best possible financial and legal outcome for your client?

This highly informative and practical CLE program presented by Kelly Chang Rickert reviews the many tools that family law attorneys have in their arsenal to discover the pertinent facts of their case. Mrs. Rickert shares a number of tactics, techniques and case examples from her own practice to show the discovery tools that you will need to harness to find hidden assets & pertinent information about your family law case. To access this CLE course please click here: Family Law: Discovery Basics.

Subjects covered in this Family Law CLE course include:

  • Disclosures
  • Timing
  • Assets to consider
  • Form interrogatories
  • The schedule of assets and debts
  • Using valuation experts
  • The response
  • The character of property
  • Real estate & lis pendens
  • Retirement funds
  • Insurance
  • Using private investigators
  • Surveillance
  • Failure to produce
  • Using subpoenas
  • Pay stubs
  • Requests for production of documents
  • Resorting to self-help
  • Setting client expectations

Kelly Chang Rickert (formerly Kelly Yi-Yi Chang) is the founder of the Law Offices of Kelly Chang, A Professional Law Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to Family Law. She has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. In addition to her law practice, Mrs. Rickert volunteers as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court Small Claims Court, as well as mediator for the Los Angeles Family Courts. She also currently volunteers at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can find her at the Legal Grind, providing “coffee and counsel” sessions. Because of her expertise and experience, she is frequently quoted in the media and is a legal expert for CNN News, KTLA, NBC, Style Network, TV Guide and MTV on Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Christie Brinkley, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, and the Kardashians divorce and custody cases.

This CLE course is currently 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (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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Mississippi CLE: 6 Online MS CLE Credits Hours

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Mississippi attorneys are required to complete at least 12 MS CLE units every annual Mississippi CLE compliance period. As part of the annual 12 credit hour MS CLE requirement, Mississippi attorneys must complete at least one (1) required hour of ethics/professionalism each compliance period.

Mississippi CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: July 31
  • Reporting Deadline: August 15

Mississippi attorneys must complete the 12 required MS CLE credit hours by July 31. By August 15 each Mississippi attorney must also submit a report on a form provided by the Mississippi CLE Commission to report their compliance with the annual CLE requirement.  The CLE report must detail the attorney’s completion of (or exemption from or approved substitute for) the minimum hours of Mississippi CLE hours.

Mississippi attorneys may claim up to six (6) hours of CLE credit through the use of “electronically recorded” courses. Online CLE courses are considered “electronically recorded” courses. Online CLE programs must be approved by the Mississippi CLE Commission and must comply with the MS MCLE Regulations.

Mississippi attorneys can fulfill up to six (6) hours of CLE credit each compliance period by completing online and downloadable MS CLE courses. All of Attorney Credits Mississippi CLE courses have been pre-approved for MS CLE credit by the MS CLE Commission and comply with the MS MCLE Regulations. We offer individual MS CLE courses, Build Your Own Bundle packages, and one-click CLE bundles that feature 6 credits hours of MS CLE. For more information about CLE please click here: MS CLE.

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Minnesota CLE: June 30 MCLE Deadline

screen-capture2Attorneys licensed to practice in Minnesota have mandatory CLE requirements. Minnesota attorneys must complete and report 45 credit hours of accredited Minnesota CLE courses every three years. As part of the 45 credit hour requirement Minnesota attorneys must also remember to complete three (3) credit hours of legal ethics and two (2) credit hours of elimination of bias each three-year reporting period.

Minnesota CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: August 31
  • Online Credits Hours Allowed: 15

Minnesota attorneys who are at the end of their 3-year compliance cycle must complete the 45 credit hour requirement by June 30. In order to report your completion of the mandatory Minnesota CLE with the Minnesota MCLE Board, you may file the Affidavit of CLE Compliance at anytime throughout the MN CLE reporting cycle. However, you must file your affidavit before August 31 of your reporting year. Alternatively, you may also report your CLE course attendance by logging on to your Attorney Record online on the Minnesota CLE Board website.

Minnesota attorneys may complete 15 online MN CLE credit hours each three-year MCLE compliance period. All of the Minnesota CLE courses offered by Attorney Credits have been pre-approved for CLE credit by the Minnesota MCLE Board.

Attorney Credits is a CLE Sponsor in Minnesota and we now offer online on-demand CLE programming that has been approved by the Minnesota CLE Board.  Minnesota attorneys may now study CLE courses online through the Attorney Credits website or by downloading and studying their MN CLE courses offline. For more information about CLE in Minnesota, please click here: MN CLE.

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Now Offering Maine CLE!

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In our effort to provide as many attorneys as possible around the country with convenient and affordable CLE we now offer online on-demand CLE courses for attorneys licensed to practice in Maine! Maine attorneys must complete a minimum of 11 credit hours of approved Maine CLE every year.  Of those 11 credit hours, Maine attorneys must complete at least one Legal Ethics OR Professional Responsibility credit hour each annual compliance period.

Maine CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Required Credits: 11 credit hours
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: August 31

In addition to completing the ME CLE requirement, Maine attorneys must also report their CLE compliance annually. Registration statements and the Annual CLE Report must be filed and fees must be paid on or before August 31 by every attorney admitted to practice law in Maine. Online and downloadable CLE courses qualify for Maine CLE credit as long as they have been accredited by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.

When filing of the annual registration statement, Maine attorneys are required to sign and submit the Annual Report to the Maine CLE Board listing:

  • Course titles
  • Dates
  • Locations
  • Sponsors
  • The number of credit hours of all CLE courses
  • Other CLE activities taken for credit during the preceding calendar year
  • Any CLE courses carried over from a prior year

Online, on-demand CLE courses are considered self-study courses in Maine. No more than one half of the credit hours required (5.5 credit hours) in any annual ME CLE reporting period may be earned through self-study courses. For more information about CLE in Maine please click here: ME CLE.

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CLE Course: The Initial Family Law Client Interview

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We all need clients to keep the doors open and the lights on. But taking the wrong clients can slow you down, lead to malpractice lawsuits and destroy your reputation & law practice… this is especially true for family law attorneys.  The initial client interview is a great place to screen clients to determine if this is the type of client that you want to represent. Guarding your time, knowing the red flags and wisely selecting clients can make or break your practice.

When you first start out in your legal career you are likely to take every client that comes through the door. However, as you become more experienced and your time becomes a precious commodity, you must be selective about the clients that you choose to represent.

In this newly added CLE course, Los Angeles family law attorney Kelly Chang Rickert provides you with the tools that you need to successfully screen clients at the initial interview. The initial interview can be instrumental in keeping bad clients out of your practice. The main topics discussed in this CLE course include finding the right clients, client consultations and getting the correct information from the client. To access the course please click here: Family Law: Successfully Screening Clients at the Initial Interview.

Further topics covered in this family law CLE course include:

  • Red flags
  • Qualifying the client
  • Stages of practice
  • Answering the phones
  • Screening potential clients
  • Taking charge of the representation
  • Educating the client
  • Setting client expectations
  • Turning down clients
  • Evergreen & replenishable retainers
  • Unbundled services/limited scope representation
  • Utilizing intake forms
  • Inquiring about the family situation
  • The best interests of the children
  • Defining your core set of values

Kelly Chang Rickert (formerly Kelly Yi-Yi Chang) is the founder of the Law Offices of Kelly Chang, A Professional Law Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to Family Law. She has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. In addition to her law practice, Mrs. Rickert volunteers as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court Small Claims Court, as well as mediator for the Los Angeles Family Courts. She also currently volunteers at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can find her at the Legal Grind, providing “coffee and counsel” sessions. Because of her expertise and experience, she is frequently quoted in the media and is a legal expert for CNN News, KTLA, NBC, Style Network, TV Guide and MTV on Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Christie Brinkley, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, and the Kardashians divorce and custody cases.

This CLE course is currently 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (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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Louisiana CLE: The LA MCLE Requirement

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Louisiana attorneys must complete twelve (12.0) LA CLE credit hours each annual compliance period. As part of the 12 credit hour annual LA MCLE requirement, Louisiana attorneys must also complete a minimum of one (1.0) hour of ethics and one (1.0) hour of professionalism.

Louisiana MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

Louisiana attorneys must complete all LA CLE hours by December 31 and properly report MCLE compliance by January 31. A $150 late fee will be assessed against members of the Louisiana State Bar Association who do not comply with the MCLE Rules.[1] Louisiana allows its attorneys to complete up to 4 CLE credit hours online to count towards the annual 12 unit MCLE requirement.

Online CLE courses are considered ‘technologically assisted programming’ under the Louisiana MCLE Rules. Attorney Credit’s online Louisiana CLE courses have been pre-approved for CLE credit by the Louisiana MCLE Committee.

Attorney Credits Louisiana CLE courses have been pre-approved by the Louisiana CLE Committee.  Don’t wait until December 31 to begin completing your Louisiana MCLE requirement… get started today with Attorney Credits!  For more information about Louisiana CLE please click here: LA CLE.

[1] Any bar member who is not in compliance with their MCLE requirements within 60 days of the Notice of Noncompliance being sent by the MCLE Committee will be declared ineligible to practice law in Louisiana.

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Kentucky CLE: June 30 KY CLE Deadline

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Kentucky attorneys must complete at least 12.5 CLE credit hours each annual CLE compliance period in order to complete the mandatory Kentucky CLE requirement.  Of the 12.5 required KY CLE credit hours, a minimum of 2 credit hours must be earned in the area of legal ethics each compliance period.

Kentucky CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: August 10

Within 30 days after completing each KY CLE course you must submit a signed Certificate of Completion to the Director of the Kentucky CLE Commission.  The deadline to complete your 12.5 credit hour KY CLE requirement is June 30 and you must report your Kentucky CLE compliance by August 10.  If you report your CLE compliance after August 10 you must also send in a $50.00 late fee for each late report.[1]

The State Bar of Kentucky limits online credit CLE credit hours to a maximum of 6 of the required 12.5. “Technological transmissions” in Kentucky include videotape, audiotape, live broadcast transmission, satellite simulcast, teleconference, video conference, CD-ROM, data conference and online CLE services.

Attorneys in Kentucky do have the option of completing almost half of their annual KY CLE requirement by completing online KY CLE courses.  The Kentucky CLE Rules allow Kentucky attorneys to complete a maximum of 6 CLE credit hours through online KY CLE courses each annual CLE compliance period.  In Kentucky, online CLE courses are called ‘technological transmissions. For more information about Kentucky CLE please click here: KY CLE.

[1] The absolute deadline to report late CLE compliance from the prior educational year is June 30 of the current educational year.

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