Preparing 2019 Income Taxes

Larry Krupp will interpret and explain the latest version of the tax code. He will discuss changes and concerns that can affect your business, your personal finances or those of your clients.

Allocation Judgments

Undoubtedly you will meet with a client, or uninformed attorney, who is unknowingly using antiquated terms. They may tell you they want sole custody, and that they want to limit or restrict the other parent’s visitation. With amendments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act effective January 1, 2016, we said goodbye to sole custody, joint custody, and visitation and ushered in the era of allocation of significant decision making responsibilities, and allocation of parenting time.

Conflicts: Not Just During a Family Thanksgiving

This month Mary will bring her practical knowledge to CVLS volunteers, focusing her discussion on conflicts of interest — a great bugaboo with which attorneys often grapple. She will provide an in-depth analysis of the relevant Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, along with hypotheticals to enhance our understanding of those Rules.

Reverse Mortgages

For years, reverse mortgages were only considered as the loan of last resort. Today reverse mortgages are being considered to dramatically improve the success of retirement plans.

He will discuss using a reverse mortgage to:

Supplement Social Security
Create a Line of Credit
Refinance conventional mortgages with a HECM
How to use a HECM to purchase a home
He will also demonstrate the software used to determine loan amounts.

A Professional Lawyer Is a Healthy Lawyer

The legal profession is stressful. Recent studies of lawyers and law students show high numbers of mental health and substance use issues. To be an effective advocate, it is essential that lawyers are healthy. This seminar/CLE will explain why the legal profession needs to address these issues and practical tips for how lawyers can prioritize their well-being.

Human Trafficking and Children: What Lawyers Need to Know

The exploitation of children for commercial sex, labor, and/or services is unfortunately, not a new phenomenon. Under federal and state anti-human trafficking laws, however, new protections and resources exist for child trafficking survivors. This workshop will provide attorneys foundational knowledge of anti-trafficking legislation and policy, how to identify child trafficking, and an overview of current research, resources, and promising practices. The workshop will address both sex and labor trafficking, and benefits and resources available to both US citizens and non-US citizen children and take a look specifically at the issues of human trafficking and Native American Children.

Inexpensive Ways to Preserve a Digital Footprint for Litigation

In this seminar, you will learn about the pervasiveness of data from sources such as smartphones, tablets, social media sites, and “Internet of Things” devices and how these sources are impacting the practice of law. You will also learn strategies on how to leverage collected data sets to connect digital breadcrumbs in a manner that drives the case narrative.

How to Handle a Workers’ Compensation Case

When an employee is injured at work, Workers Compensation benefits are available to cover lost wages and medical costs related to the injury.

Join Howard Ankin, of Ankin Law Office, as he covers the whats, whens and whys of these interesting cases. This seminar is designed to help familiarize you with this aspect of the law, and to get you ready to succeed during your next Workers Compensation case.

Nuts and Bolts of Decedent’s Estates

This “Nuts and Bolts of Decedent’s Estates” CLE will impart important information to the new probate practitioner, from the initial client interview, through court form preparation and appointment of representative, to the closing of a Probate Estate case. Time will be spent on determining the most efficient method of marshalling assets and alternatives to Probate cases, such as Deed in Lieu of Probate and Small Estate Affidavits.

The Jaded Lawyer

Recent studies have confirmed that the overwhelming stress that is commonplace in our legal profession disproportionately results in attorneys suffering higher levels of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population. While changing the nature of the legal profession is likely to be a slow process, individuals have the capacity to make small changes that have been scientifically shown to mitigate the negative impact of stress, reducing the likelihood of burnout. Participants in this program will learn:

What Burnout is;
The signs and symptoms of Burnout;
What factors make lawyers particularly vulnerable to Burnout; and
Best practices for prevention of Burnout

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