Now Offering Kansas CLE!!

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Attorney Credits now offers online CLE for attorneys that are licensed to practice in Kansas! Kansas attorneys are required to complete 12 KS CLE credits each annual compliance period.[1] Please note that Kansas attorneys may complete up to five (5) hours of CLE credit per year earned through online on-demand CLE courses that have been pre-approved by the Kansas CLE Commission.

Kansas CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

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

The Kansas CLE compliance period begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. The deadline to report your KS CLE compliance is July 31. If your CLE hours are not completed by June 30, you may be subject to fines and suspension and you will still have to attend the required CLE hours to meet your CLE requirement.

Kansas attorneys may complete up to five (5) hours of CLE credit per year earned through online on-demand CLE courses that have been pre-approved by the Kansas CLE Commission.

Attorney Credits is approved by the Kansas CLE Commission to provide online CLE courses in the state of Kansas and all of Attorney Credits’ KS CLE courses have been pre-approved for CLE credit. You can access AttorneyCredits.com and complete your Kansas CLE courses on most computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones so you can study your CLE courses where it’s convenient for you. For more information about Kansas CLE please click here: KS CLE.

[1] As part of the 12 credit hour requirement, Kansas attorneys must complete at least 2 credit hours of ethics and professionalism.

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New CLE Course on Evidence

screen-captureWhile the definition of evidence may seem straightforward, preparing and presenting evidence can be the tricky part…. even for seasoned legal practitioners. Who doesn’t need to brush up on hearsay and the exceptions to the hearsay rule every now and then?

Evidence. “Any species of proof, or probative matter, legally presented at the trial of an issue, by the act of the parties and through the medium of witnesses, records, documents, exhibits, concrete objects, etc., for the purpose of inducing belief in the minds of the court or jury as to their contention…” – Black’s Law Dictionary, Abridged Fifth Edition

The goal of this course is to teach attorneys how to properly and effectively admit or exclude evidence at hearings and trials. The main evidentiary topics addressed include arguing a motion in-limini, the proper use of demonstrative evidence, relevant vs. unduly prejudicial evidence, direct examination, hearsay evidence, refreshing recollection and expert vs. lay testimony. While this course refers to the evidence code of California, key themes of evidence will be introduced and discussed and a number of practical points can be deployed by legal practitioners around the country. To access the course please click here: Evidence – What Every Attorney Needs to Know.

Further topics discussed in this course include:

  • Juries & demonstrative evidence
  • Evidence regarding credibility
  • Humanizing witnesses
  • Leading questions
  • Roadblocks to testimony
  • Hearsay statements
  • Evidence that is not offered for the truth of the matter asserted
  • Declarations against interest
  • Prior consistent & inconsistent statements
  • Spontaneous statements
  • The state of mind exception
  • Putting the right expert on the stand.

The Honorable Michael B. Orfield (Ret.) was a jurist for 20 years, mostly as a civil independent calendar judge. His experience and expertise as a civil judge spread widely across such diverse areas as catastrophic personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, product and construction defects, breach of warranties, easements, breach of contract, wrongful death and a variety of business disputes. He now serves as a mediator and arbitrator with Agreement.com. The Honorable Harry Elias has been a Superior Court Judge for the County of San Diego for over twenty years. He presides over both juvenile and criminal cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Elias was a deputy district attorney and the Chief of the Family Protection Division.

This evidence 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 Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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Iowa CLE: 6 Online IA CLE Credit Hours

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Iowa attorneys are subject to an annual continuing legal education (CLE) requirement. Under the IA CLE Rules, attorneys licensed to practice in Iowa must complete at least 15 IA CLE credit hours every year to complete the mandatory CLE requirement. In addition, Iowa attorneys must also complete 3 credit hours of legal ethics as part of the IA CLE requirement. Please note that the Iowa ethics requirement must only be completed every two years.

Iowa CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: March 1

Iowa attorneys have the option to complete at least a portion of their Iowa CLE requirement through online CLE courses. Iowa attorneys have the option to complete six (6) credit hours of the IA CLE requirement each annual IA CLE compliance period by completing “computer-based” CLE courses accredited by the Iowa CLE Commission. Please note that Iowa attorneys may only complete online streaming videos and may not take any downloadable CLE courses such as MP3 courses.

Up to six (6) hours of online IA CLE credits (streaming video) may be applied toward the 15 (fifteen) hour annual Iowa CLE requirement.

The required 15 IA CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31. Iowa attorneys must report completion of the Iowa CLE requirement by March 1 or risk being fined and suspended. Each Iowa attorney must self-report completion of the IA CLE that they complete. For more information about CLE in Iowa please click the following link: IA CLE.

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Indiana CLE: IN CLE Compliance Groups

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Indiana attorneys that are subject to mandatory CLE requirements must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of IN CLE each three-year Indiana CLE compliance period, including a minimum of 3 credit hours of legal ethics anytime within the three-year compliance period.[1] Please note that even though the overall 36 hour requirement must be completed every 3 years, Indiana attorneys must complete at least 6 hours of IN CLE courses each year.

Indiana CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: December 31

Indiana attorneys whose IN CLE compliance is due this year must complete their Indiana CLE requirement by December 31.[2] Your CLE compliance cycle is determined by the year that you were admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association. The three-year IN CLE compliance period for Indiana attorneys admitted before 1986 first ended in 1989 and then continues every three years. Indiana attorneys admitted after 1998 must start meeting the IN CLE requirements starting on January 1 after the year of their admission.

Indiana CLE Compliance Groups

  • The three-year Compliance Period for Indiana attorneys admitted before 1986 first ended in 1989 and then continues every three years thereafter.
  • Attorneys admitted to the Indiana Bar before 12/31/1998 had a grace period of three (3) years starting on January 1 of the year of admission and then must begin meeting the IN CLE requirement after that.
  • Attorneys admitted after 12/31/1998, must begin meeting the IN CLE requirement starting on January 1 after the year of their admission.
  • For Judges of city, town and Marion County small claims courts (who are not Attorneys) the first three-year compliance period begins on January 1 of the first full calendar year in office.

If you don’t complete your Indiana CLE requirement by December 31 you can complete your IN CLE hours late – but you must pay a late fine. On May 1, the names of Indiana attorneys who have not reported the required IN CLE credit hours and paid the late fee will be given to the Indiana Supreme Court. Indiana attorneys may complete 6 the required 36 IN CLE credit hours by completing online Indiana CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Indiana please click here: IN CLE.

[1] Indiana attorneys are limited to a maximum of 6 online CLE hours of the required 36 credit hours.

[2] Once you have completed your required 36 credit hours of IN CLE courses you must also report your Indiana CLE compliance by December 31.

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Now Offering CLE For Idaho Attorneys!

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Because Idaho attorneys have minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements we now offer online and downloadable CLE for Idaho attorneys! Idaho attorneys must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved Idaho CLE every three years. Of those 30 credit hours, at least three (3) credit hours must be approved for legal ethics or professional responsibility credit.[1]

Idaho CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Required Credits: 30 hours
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 1

In addition to the ID CLE requirement, Idaho attorneys must also report their CLE compliance to the Idaho State Bar.  An Idaho attorney that is subject to the mandatory Idaho CLE requirement must submit a written Certificate of Compliance (provided by the Idaho CLE Board) by February 1 that verifies the attorney’s CLE compliance for the reporting period.  Please note that Idaho attorneys can claim only fifteen (15) credits of self-study during each reporting period.[2]  Online and downloadable CLE courses qualify for Idaho CLE credit as long as they have been accredited by the Idaho State Bar.

The Idaho State Bar has approved all of Attorney Credits’ Idaho CLE courses for Idaho CLE credit.

Our online, on-demand ID CLE courses qualify for self-study credit in Idaho. Idaho attorneys may satisfy up to fifteen (15) credit hours of their ID CLE requirement through online, on-demand self-study ID CLE courses each three year compliance period. For more information about CLE in Idaho please click here: ID CLE.

[1] Idaho Ethics and Professional Responsibility courses may include a discussion of the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct, professionalism & civility, client trust account administration and legal malpractice prevention.

[2] An Idaho CLE course will be deemed a self-study program unless (1) three or more participants attend the CLE activity and (2) the participants have access to the presenter during the CLE activity. All self-study credits must be applied for and approved before the ID CLE credits can be counted toward meeting the ID MCLE requirement.

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Hawaii MCLE: CLE Now Mandatory in Hawaii

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Continuing Legal Education is now mandatory in Hawaii! The Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education (HSBCLE) recently adopted revisions to its MCLE regulations consistent with the Hawaii Supreme Court’s revisions of Rule 22 of the Hawaii Rules of the Supreme Court. Under the new HI MCLE Rules, all actively practicing Hawaii attorneys are required to complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours of general CLE each year and at least one (1) credit of ethics every three years.[1]

 Hawaii MCLE Rule Revisions:

  • Effective January 1, 2015
  • Eliminate the credit distinction between Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) and Voluntary Continuing Legal Education (VCLE)
  • One (1) credit of ethics now mandatory every three years

These new MCLE rule revisions went into affect on January 1, 2015. That means that all Hawaii attorneys must complete at least 3 credit hours of general CLE credit hours in 2015 to complete the new HI MCLE requirement.[2] Attorney Credits not offers CLE for attorneys that practice in Hawaii. With Attorney Credits, you can study your Hawaii CLE online or download your courses and study your HI CLE offline. We also featured 3 credit hour compliance packages for Hawaii attorneys. For more information about Hawaii CLE, please click here: HI CLE.

[1] This one mandatory credit hour of ethics is counted towards the annual 3 credit hour HI CLE (continuing legal education) requirement.

[2] The deadline to report MCLE compliance in Hawaii is January 31.

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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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