Georgia CLE: How To Report GA CLE Compliance

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Georgia attorneys must complete 12 Georgia CLE credit hours each year. As part of the 12 credit hour annual requirement attorneys must complete 1 credit hour of legal ethics and 1 credit hour of professionalism each compliance period.

Georgia CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

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

Georgia attorneys also have reporting requirements as well. In order to report compliance, the Georgia CLE Commission will mail an Annual Report to all Georgia attorneys each year. An attorney whose GA CLE hours are not complete must sign and return the Annual Report to the Georgia CLE office. If your GA CLE hours are complete and you do not owe fees for CLE courses, then you do NOT need to return the report. In either instance, Georgia attorneys are responsible for verifying the information in the Annual Report, correcting any mistakes and returning the report (if necessary) to the CLE office by January 31.

Georgia attorneys do have the option to complete a portion of the requirement by completing online CLE courses. A total of six (6) credit hours can be taken in a “distance-learning” format each annual compliance period.

Georgia lawyers may satisfy up to six (6) of the required GA CLE credit hours via online and downloadable CLE courses.[1] Attorney Credits will report the CLE credit you complete to the Georgia CLE Commission within 30 days of course completion. For more information about Georgia CLE please click here: GA CLE.

[1] These type of hours are called in-house hours and they are tracked on attorneys’ CLE transcripts maintained by the State Bar of Georgia CLE department.

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NV CLE: CLE Compliance and Reporting Deadlines

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Attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar of Nevada must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period to properly fulfill the annual NV CLE requirement. Nevada attorneys must also complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics each year. Substance Abuse is also required every three years, but attorneys were required to complete that credit hour in 2013 or 2014.

Nevada CLE Compliance & Reporting Deadlines [1]

  • Credits are due by December 31st
  • Report CLE compliance by December 31st
  • If you haven’t completed your CLE credits by December 31, you can request an extension of time. The request must be in writing and you must pay a $50 extension fee. The Board may give you until March 1 to complete your requirement.
  • The NV CLE Board will enforce the March 1 deadline for signed compliance reports and fees by postmark date.
  • Nevada attorneys who fail to file their compliance report and/or pay fees by the March 1 deadline will be subject to a late fee of $100.00.
  • Nevada attorneys that are served a Notice of Noncompliance will have until May 1 to cure the deficiencies as outlined in their Notice of Noncompliance. After May 1, continued noncompliance will result in the member’s name being placed on a Petition to the Nevada Supreme Court for suspension.

Nevada attorneys must have all 12 credit hours completed by December 31 or risk being fined for non-completion of CLE. Attorneys in Nevada must also report their CLE compliance by completing and returning the annual CLE compliance report. For more information about Nevada CLE please click here: NV CLE.

[1] See: https://www.nvcleboard.org/.

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CO CLE: Late CLE Compliance After January 31

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Active attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Colorado have mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirements. Colorado attorneys must complete 45 required CO CLE credit hours, including a minimum of 7 credit hours in the area of legal ethics. You must complete your CO CLE requirement by December 31 and report your Colorado CLE compliance by January 31.[1]

Colorado CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Required Credits: 45 hours
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

If you fail to complete the required 45 Colorado CLE credit hours at the end of your three-year compliance period, your final CLE reporting Affidavit will be accompanied by a specific plan for curing the CLE deficiency within 17 weeks (119 days) after the date that the final affidavit is issued. The CLE deficiency plan must be accompanied by a make-up plan filing fee when you file it.[2]

Colorado CLE Deficiency Plan

  • The CLE deficiency plan will be deemed accepted by the CO CLE Board unless the CO CLE Board notifies the attorney that the plan has been rejected.[3] You must report full completion of the CLE make-up plan no later than 14 days following the 17 week period.

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado. Our Colorado CLE courses have all been approved for homestudy credit by the Colorado CLE Board because our CLE courses meet the requirements set forth in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j). To access more information about Colorado CLE, please click the following link: CO CLE.

[1] For CLE programs that are held outside of Colorado, you must submit a photocopy of your Colorado Affidavit form to the Colorado MCLE Board to receive CO CLE credit for the course. The CO CLE Board sends a final reporting affidavit to each registered Colorado attorney and judge to report compliance with the Colorado MCLE rules. Since Attorney Credit’s online and offline CO CLE courses are considered to be held outside of Colorado you will need to submit a photocopy of your Colorado Affidavit form to the Colorado MCLE Board.

[2] The CO CLE Board will determine the amount of the fee annually.

[3] The CO CLE Board will notify you within 14 days after the CLE Board’s receipt of the final affidavit if the plan is not accepted.

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CLE Course on Keeping Your Clients Out of Court

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If you proactively counsel your clients and keep them out of court, clients will look to you as a trusted resource that they can turn to for proactive legal advice and counseling – and not just the person to call once they’ve been sued. Transactional attorneys, nonprofit attorneys and in-house counsel can definitely benefit from this proposition by knowing the key facets of their client’s businesses and making sure their legal liabilities are accounted for and properly addressed. Even immigration attorneys with international clients can serve as a valuable resource to clients coming to this country on investor visas by assisting with their client’s with basic counseling on starting and running a business.

Four Key Documents for Every Business

  1. Articles of Organization
  2. Operating Agreement
  3. Client or Service Contract
  4. Contingency Plan Document

In this course Miami business attorney Brett Trembly highlights a number of practical and legal points to advise your business clients on to help you serve as a valuable resource and keep them out of court. Brett starts by presenting ten general tips to advise your business clients on, lists four key documents that your clients must have in place, analyzes five essential terms for every contract and closes his presentation by highlighting key nonprofit issues. To access the course please click here: A Litigator’s Advice on How to Keep Your Clients (and Yourself!) Out of the Courtroom.

Further subjects covered in this CLE course include:

  • Business formation & structure
  • Keeping good records
  • Business insurance
  • Appropriate security protections
  • Vendors
  • Employee handbooks
  • Being proactive
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • The articles of organization
  • The operating or shareholders agreement
  • Client or service contracts
  • Emergency plan documents
  • Terms of service
  • Prevailing party attorneys’ fees
  • Forum & venue selection clauses
  • Termination & damages clauses

Brett Trembly founded the Trembly Law Firm to work with business owners to resolve their legal issues as quickly, painlessly, and cost-effectively as possible. In the South Florida legal community, Brett sits on the Board of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association, volunteers on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Mentoring Program, the Florida Bar 11th Circuit Grievance Committee, the Dade-County Bar Associations Rainmakers Committee, and annually volunteers for Miami-Dade County’s Ethical Governance Day. Brett also maintains his leadership emphasis and is strongly committed to giving back, serving as Past President of the Rotary Club of South Miami, President of B.N.I. Superior, Vice-President of the Rotary Foundation of South Miami, Inc., and is a proud member of the Chamber South and Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay Business Associations.

This CLE course on keeping your clients out of the courtroom 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 Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • 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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CA CLE: Late CA MCLE Deadline is June 30

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Attorneys licensed to practice law in California must complete 25 CLE credits hours every three years to complete the CA MCLE requirement. Compliance Group 2 (H-M) was the last compliance group that was due to complete and report MCLE compliance. For Group 2 attorneys the CA MCLE compliance deadline was February 2, 2015.

According to California MCLE Rule 2.91, once you are mailed a notice of noncompliance you will involuntarily be enrolled as inactive.

If you are compliance Group 2 and you did not complete your CA MCLE requirement, there is still time to complete the necessary CLE without major repercussions. If you are a Group 2 attorney and you can still comply by June 30, there is no need to request an extension of time with the State Bar of California to complete the required CLE. However, please note that there will be a late fee of $75 assessed if you did not report your CA MCLE compliance by February 1.

California attorneys have the option to complete all 25 required CLE credit hours through online CA CLE courses. Attorney Credits offers a wide variety of MCLE compliance options for California attorneys – from CD courses to MP3 Players fully loaded with the complete 25 required credit hours.

If you remain in non-compliance with the CA MCLE requirement past June 30, however, you may be doing serious damage to your ability to practice law in the State of California. Noncompliance with the California MCLE requirements can lead to fines and ultimately suspension from the practice of law. Don’t risk the law license you worked so hard for… get all your California MCLE done with our MCLE compliance packages by clicking here: CA MCLE.

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CLE Course on Limited Scope Legal Counseling

What is the human value of offering affordable legal services through a limited scope counseling-at-law practice?

Limited scope legal counseling services can include bankruptcy assistance, real estate matters, trusts & estates and mediation guidance to name a few areas – while litigation services and more complex cases are referred out.

Increasingly, people in this country cannot find affordable legal services to find redress for their legal problems. Few people actually qualify for legal aid and many consumers simply can no longer find legal services that are within their budget. For the attorney, offering limited scope counseling can be a great way to provide reasonably priced legal services while avoiding the stress and burnout that make so make so many attorneys unhappy with the practice of law.

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In this CLE program, attorney Janet Sobel will show you how a limited scope counseling practice can become a practice of its own. Janet mainly discusses the value of limited scope legal counseling for the attorney & legal consumer, how limited scope counseling works, case examples from her own practice and key considerations before offering limited scope legal counseling services. The course can be accessed by clicking here: Limited Scope Legal Counseling: Transitioning To A New Model.

Further issues presented in this CLE course:

  • The stress & substance abuse of the legal profession
  • The cause of attorney unhappiness
  • Specialists vs. generalists
  • Offering affordable legal services
  • The collaborative law approach
  • Educating your clients
  • Attorney compensation
  • Referral fees
  • Prevailing party fees
  • Sources of clients
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Payment from clients
  • Fee agreements
  • Using email to communicate with clients

Janet E. Sobel has provided limited scope counseling-at-law for over 14 years. She has learned there is a need for affordable limited scope counselors-at-law and that attorneys can create a successful and personally rewarding practice. Ms. Sobel was a litigator in the “law firm” setting until 1999, when she decided she wanted something more fulfilling than an active litigation practice. By working from her home, Ms. Sobel found she could eliminate the high cost of a traditional law firm practice and reduce her rates, thereby providing affordable “counseling-at-law” services to her clients. Thus, Ms. Sobel helps her clients address a wide range of legal issues in an economical way.

This CLE course on limited scope legal counseling 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 Hampshire (NH)
  • 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 Social Security Disability Law

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The Social Security Disability process can be very long, tedious, and technical for both the client and attorney. However, it can also be very rewarding for an attorney who wishes to work in a practice area that is client driven because it gives you a real opportunity to help a client who is struggling both medically and financially.

The purpose of this course is to introduce this practice area to a new practitioner by defining the two main types of disability benefits under the Social Security program and to help explain the general process of a disability claim with a focus on what to expect at the hearing level.

In this new CLE course, Georgia attorney Sara Khaki introduces practitioners to this area of law by detailing the difference between SSDI & SSI, explaining the administrative process, describing what to expect at the hearing level and providing her tips to a successful representation. Sara will mainly focus on the administrative law hearing of a disability claim because this is the level at which most claims are approved. It is also at the hearing level that an attorney can play the greatest role in winning disability benefits for their client. To access the course please click here: Social Security: Fighting for Disability Benefits for the Physically Hurt & Mentally Ill.

Some further topics addressed in this CLE course:

  • Delivering personalized legal care
  • The definition of disability
  • The deeming chart
  • Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
  • The fee agreement & how the attorney gets paid
  • The initial application
  • Requests for reconsideration
  • The hearing with the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
  • The 5 steps at the ALJ hearing
  • The listings
  • Tools to use
  • Past relevant work (PRW)
  • The vocational expert
  • Being prepared

As a Social Security Disability attorney, Sara Khaki has represented over a thousand Social Security claimants throughout most of the southeast area with a great success rate. Based in Georgia, Sara’s legal work has mainly been focused on Social Security Disability Law from the administrative level through U.S. District Court Appeals. She has extensive experience with working with the Social Security Administration, medical providers, and expert witnesses to gain a favorable outcome for her clients. A graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, Sara received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University, Summa Cum Laude. She is a member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL).

This CLE course on social security disability law 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 Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • 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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CLE Course on Immigration Law & Deferred Actions

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Immigration law is a unique – and sometimes illogical practice area – with many malpractice traps for the unwary practitioner. And even if your practice doesn’t focus on immigration law, you should at least be aware of immigration issues that may arise in your cases to fully counsel your clients on their legal issues. Immigration issues can crossover into employment law, personal injury, tax, criminal law, family law and other practice areas.

At the conclusion of the course attorneys will:

  • Have a general understanding of immigration law
  • Know how immigration law interacts with other areas of law
  • Know the basics about President Obama’s recent executive actions
  • Be able to prepare a deferred action case

If you need to brush up on your immigration law, then join Indianapolis attorney Clare Corado provides an overview of the immigration system and executive actions for non-immigration practitioners. Clare first details the main steps to consider when evaluating an individual’s immigration case, then provides practice points & tips for other fields of law and concludes with a discussion on the recent Executive Actions by President Obama and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). She then covers the recent presidential Executive Actions and covers the three enforcement priorities, deferred actions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), preparing a deferred action case, types of evidence and formatting tips. Clare also points out how immigration law can crossover into other practice areas such as criminal law, family law and tax.  To access the course please click here: Coming to America: An Overview of Immigration Law and Executive Actions.

Additional subjects covered in this CLE course:

  • Citizens vs. non-citizens
  • The client’s goals
  • Immigration programs & visas
  • Grounds of inadmissibility vs. grounds of deportability
  • Immigration ‘kryptonite’
  • Waivers & exceptions
  • Favorable discretion
  • The rights of immigrants
  • ICE

Clare Corado is the founder of Corado Immigration Law, LLC, an Indianapolis based immigration firm that focuses on helping mixed-nationality couples build their lives together in the United States. Her work has been published in Legal Ink Magazine and she frequently speaks to attorneys and other professional and community groups on the topic of immigration law. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer and traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Her clients appreciate that she speaks fluent Spanish.

This CLE course on immigration law & executive actions 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 Hampshire (NH)
  • 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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Arizona CLE: June 30 MCLE Deadline

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Like most attorneys around the country, attorneys admitted to the State Bar of Arizona have annual CLE requirements that include reporting AZ MCLE compliance. For Arizona attorneys, the educational cycle runs from July 1 to the following June 30. Unless exempted, a total of 15 hours of CLE must be completed by June, including a minimum of three hours of professional responsibility.[1]

Required Arizona CLE Hours

A total of 15 credit hours, including 3 credit hours if Professional Responsibility.  The 15 mandatory AZ CLE credit hours must be completed by June 30.

In addition, Arizona attorneys have annual MCLE reporting requirements. In order to properly report MCLE compliance, Arizona lawyers must submit proof of AZ MCLE compliance each year on a form provided by the State Bar of Arizona. This affidavit must be filed by September 15 of each year unless a valid exemption applies. Online filing is available beginning in mid-July through the State Bar of Arizona website.[2]

AZ CLE Course Approval

The State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE providers. Arizona Attorneys are required to independently review the Arizona MCLE Regulations and make their own determination that it will qualify for CLE credit towards their MCLE requirements. MCLE Regulation 104(A) identifies the standards to apply when making this determination – interactivity is a key factor for online CLE courses.[3]

Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers. However, Attorney Credits offers CLE courses in over 40 states across the country and due to our strong track record we are Approved CLE Providers in a number of states across the country. We have also had Arizona attorneys complete thousands of CLE courses by completing our online and downloadable CLE courses. You can access more information about MCLE in Arizona by clicking here: AZ CLE.

[1] For more information please visit the State Bar of Arizona MCLE webpage:

http://www.azbar.org/MCLE

[2] A blank affidavit is provided in the September edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine that is issued in mid-August.

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CLE Course on Publishing & Writing Law

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While the Internet and digital technologies have wreaked havoc on copyright & Intellectual Property law the last decade, many of the same fundamental legal principles continue to apply to publishing industry and writers. At the end of the day, attorneys still need to help writers to make money from the works that they create. This requires the attorney to see down the road with vision and realize that decisions made today have major implications for the writer’s future project and legal rights. The attorney should have one mantra when counseling writers – own everything, the entire “bundle of rights.”

In the over 4 decades that I have been practicing law, I have seen that rights owners or other contracting parties frequently fail to exhibit a wide vision of the market for their product or service. As a result, they often make deals that manifest that lack of vision and end up giving away or failing to ask for rights that can turn out to be very valuable down the line, if not in the immediately foreseeable future. Thus the need for vision.[1] – Ivan Hoffman

In this broad overview of writing and publishing law, Los Angeles attorney Ivan Hoffman covers many of the key issues faced by writers in the publishing industry. The main topics discussed include the relationship between contracts & copyright, the interplay of Internet & copyright law, the legal nuances of book publishing contracts, the relationship of trademark law and writing & publishing law, authors & contributors and the Internet & children (COPPA). To access the course please click here: Publishing and Writing Law.

Further topics addressed in this CLE course include:

  • Focusing on the contract
  • Registering copyrights
  • Works made for hire
  • Cover art & illustrations
  • Joint works & authors
  • The fair use defense to copyright infringement
  • Termination of transfers
  • The publisher/author relationship
  • Submission agreements
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • The Communications Decency Act (CDA)
  • Website designers & developers
  • Permission forms & third party materials
  • Failure to publish provisions
  • Royalty provisions
  • The author’s warranties & indemnities
  • Owned & controlled provisions
  • Older contracts
  • What trademark law protects
  • Ghostwriters
  • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA)
  • Operating with vision

Ivan Hoffman has practiced law for over forty years. Based in Los Angeles, California, he concentrates his practice on Entertainment Law, Publishing & Writing Law, Copyrights, Trademarks, Internet Law, Web Design Law, Sports Law and IP Law. Mr. Hoffman believes in practicing preventative law and he tries to advise clients in this regard so that they may possibly be able to avoid the very significant costs and fees of remedial law. Preventative law is about doing proactive, effective and thorough legal work in a manner that seeks to avoid problems that can arise later on. Preventative law is when rights are well documented, agreements are well drafted and when a longer-term view is used.

This course on publishing & writing law is offered in these states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • 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 CLE.

[1] The Need for Vision, Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D.

http://www.ivanhoffman.com/vision.html

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