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Continuing Legal Education Online Courses with MCLEZ are for Maine attorneys who want to make the most of their time and money. Easily earn Maine Online CLE credit through courses which have been produced in a variety of legal subjects that matter to you.

MCLEZ provides online continuing legal education courses that have been individually pre-approved for online CLE credit by the Board of Overseers of the Bar.

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A Primer on International Taxation

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A Primer on International Taxation Details


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$19.99

Course Description

There is a multitude of issues that drive a cross-border business transaction. Sale of shares versus sale of assets; statutory mergers; joint ventures; security for enforcement of representations and warranties; governing law and venue; earn-outs and holdbacks; restrictions on foreign ownership; due diligence; local customs; privacy and many other. Most non-tax considerations are not country specific. They are driven by the economics of the deal and the negotiating position of the parties. When a transaction touches the U.S., tax has the center-stage.

From a U.S. standpoint, none of the other issues are as important as the tax consequences. Taxation of an M&A transaction will very often determine the deal structure. The parties can negotiate and agree to all the other terms, but tax will determine how the transaction is structured, what is possible and what is not.

For U.S. tax purposes, cross-border transactions are divided into two classes: inbound (foreigners doing business or investing in the U.S.), and outbound (Americans doing business and investing overseas). The tax rules that apply to inbound and outbound transactions are entirely different. We will examine both, and will then delve into the related subjects of pre-immigration tax planning (foreigners immigrating to the U.S.) and expatriation (Americans emigrating from the U.S.).

Course Agenda

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CO - General: 1.3 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
ME - Self Study: 1.08 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.08 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits
WI - On-Demand: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Jacob Stein, Esq

Jacob Stein, Esq. is a partner at Aliant, LLP. He specializes in structuring international business transactions, complex U.S. and international tax planning and asset protection planning. Mr. Stein received his law degree from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. He has been accredited by the State Bar of California as a Certified Tax Law Specialist. He is AV-rated (highest possible rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named ?A Super Lawyer? by the Los Angeles Magazine and one of ?America?s Most Honored Professionals 2016?, by the American Registry

Over the course of his career Mr. Stein has represented thousands of clients, including: officers and directors of Fortune 500 companies; Forbes 400 families; celebrities; Internet entrepreneurs; high-profile real estate developers, builders and investors; physicians; wealthy foreigners doing business in the United States; small business owners; attorneys, accountants and financial advisors; and many other individuals facing financial adversity or seeking privacy for their holdings.

He is the author of numerous books, scholarly articles and technical manuals including his most recent article, Pre-Immigration Taxation, published in the January 2016 edition of EB-5 Investors Magazine Volume 3, Issue 3;

His other works include his book: A Lawyer?s Guide to Asset Protection Planning in California, Second Edition, published in April of 2016, which is the only legal treatise on asset protection specific to California, and International Joint Ventures ? A Concise Guide for Attorneys & Business Owners, published in 2014.

Mr. Stein is a frequent lecturer to various attorneys, CPA and other professional groups, teaching over 100 seminars per year. His presentation topics include: Tax Planning for Cross-Border Joint Ventures, A Foreigner?s Guide to Investing in U.S. Real Estate, Creative Planning with Controlled Foreign Corporations, Advanced Asset Protection Planning, Choice of Entity Planning, Estate Tax Planning and various courses on trust law.

He is an instructor with the California CPA Education Foundation, National Business Institute, Thomson Reuters, the Rossdale Group and Lorman Education Services where he teaches courses on advanced tax planning, structuring international business transactions, asset protection and trust law. He is an adjunct professor of taxation at the CSU, Northridge Graduate Tax Program.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

ABA professional responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines

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ABA professional responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines Details


Price:
$29.99

Course Description

The Rules of Professional Conduct created by the American Bar Association are "the gold standard" when making decisions about legal ethics and best practice. These rules have been adapted by most state bars for the benefit of their members. In addition, the Rules are a standard authority across the U.S. during attorney disciplinary hearings and fee dispute arbitrations. In this MLCEZ course, David Graulich, Esq. provides a closer look at the ABA Rules that pertain to the attorney-client relationship. What is the division of authority between the client and the attorney? How does an ethical attorney avoid the appearance "or reality -- of conflict of interest" Can an attorney ethically agree to represent a client in an unfamiliar area of law? Can an attorney loan money to a client? Graulich illustrates the rules with real-life examples as well as working through hypothetical ethical questions that typically arise in private practice.

Course Agenda

Course Credit per State


AZ - Ethics: 2.0 Credits
CA - Ethics: 2.0 Credits
CO - Ethics: 2.3 Credits
CT - Ethics: 2.0 Credits
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.75 Credits
ME - Professional Responsibility: 1.88 Credits
NC - Professional Responsibility: 1.75 Credits
NJ - Ethics: 2.3 Credits
NY - Ethics: 2.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Conduct: 2.0 Credits
OK - Legal Ethics: 2.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 2.0 Credits
SC - Ethics: 1.88 Credits
TX - Ethics: 2.0 Credits
UT - Ethics: 2.0 Credits
VA - Ethics: 2.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

David Graulich, Esq.

Mr. Graulich worked over 20 years in journalism and the public relations industry. He represented companies such as PepsiCo, Schwab and Computer Sciences Corp., advising senior executives on communications policies. Mr. Graulich received his law degree at the University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Graulich is currently working in private practice and resides in Sacramento, California.

  Course Price:
$29.99
 
 

Advanced Topics in Employment Law

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Advanced Topics in Employment Law Details


Price:
$29.99

Course Description

This course is a companion to David Graulich's previous MCLEZ class, FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAW. The issues in this class are drawn from emerging controversies and court decisions in 2016 and 2017. Graulich examines the alarming erosion of privacy in the workplace and how the intrusion into employees? emails and files by employers has become routine. The course will cover the proliferation of local employment laws, enacted by cities and counties, that often contradict or conflict with federal workplace laws. The rise of "the gig economy," with companies such as Uber and Lyft, has created new controversy around the question "what is an employee." Graulich will also discuss how the rise of compulsory arbitration is replacing the jury trial as a venue for resolution of employment cases.

Course Agenda

  • LOCAL JURISDICTIONS
  • ARBITRATION
  • EMPLOYEE OR CONTRACTOR?
  • PREDICTABLE SCHEDULING
  • EMPLOYEE PRIVACY IN THE WORKPLACE

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 2.0 Credits
CA - General: 2.0 Credits
CO - General: 2.16 Credits
CT - General: 2.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.75 Credits
ME - Self Study: 1.8 Credits
NC - General: 1.75 Credits
NJ - General: 2.2 Credits
NY - General: 2.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.75 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 2.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 2.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.8 Credits
TX - General: 2.0 Credits
UT - Self Study: 2.0 Credits
VA - General: 2.0 Credits
WI - On-Demand: 2.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

David Graulich, Esq.

Mr. Graulich worked over 20 years in journalism and the public relations industry. He represented companies such as PepsiCo, Schwab and Computer Sciences Corp., advising senior executives on communications policies. Mr. Graulich received his law degree at the University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Graulich is currently working in private practice and resides in Sacramento, California.

  Course Price:
$29.99
 
 

Effective Use of Experts in Litigation

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Effective Use of Experts in Litigation Details


Price:
$24.99

Course Description

As a college lecturer for 27 years and an economic consultant to attorneys for 25 years, George A. Jouganatos, Ph.D. discusses the effective use of an expert from the point of view of the expert. His experience includes a wide variety of cases in employment, personal injury, wrongful death and commercial matters.

The topics discussed include selection and timing of engagement, ethics for experts, identifying experts, selection criteria, fees, and preparing for testimony.

Course Agenda

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 1.5 Credits
CO - General: 1.7 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.25 Credits
ME - Self Study: 1.41 Credits
NJ - General: 1.7 Credits
NY - General: 1.5 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.5 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.5 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.41 Credits
TX - General: 1.5 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.5 Credits
VA - General: 1.5 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

George Jouganatos

George A. Jouganatos has been a professor of economics for over 17 years. He has taught economics, finance, and quantitative analysis at University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz, California State University, Sacramento, and California State University, Hayward. He has published and engaged in seminars in the fields of the economics of development, political economy, economic history, environmental economics, public policy, and economic modeling and forecasting.

Dr. Jouganatos conducted research at the University of Athens and the Center of Economic Research and Planning in Athens, Greece where he conferred with many of the nation''s top economists and political officials. The fruit of the research resulted in a seminal book on the development of the Greek economy. His work on the Greek economy has been cited numerous times. He also engaged in research at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

He works as a consulting economist providing economic and statistical analysis for the private and public sectors since 1991. He has written many economic impact, efficiency, cost, and feasibility studies. He has designed economic models, strategic plans, and performance measures. Dr. Jouganatos serves as an expert witness for cases involving personal Injury, wrongful death, wrongful termination, housing discrimination, employment discrimination, economic loss, business valuations, public finance, and breach of contracts. He has consulted and given testimony for numerous attorneys in California as well as in Nevada, Iowa, Montana, Hawaii and New York.

His selected clients include California Department of Boating and Waterways, California Resources Agency, California Attorney General, California Department of Finance, California Department of Education, California Department of Transportation, California Department of Justice, California Department of Corrections. Governor''s Office of Planning and Research, City of San Francisco, Harcourt Brace, State Farm Insurance, General American Investments, Individual Rights Foundation, Allied Electric Motor, Bank of New York, and numerous law firms.

Dr. Jouganatos has advised California State Assembly and Congressional candidates on economic issues and policies. He was asked to review economic platforms of United States Senate and California gubernatorial candidates. On several occasions he has provided brief commentaries on economic events and issues for television and radio.

In 2000, he was awarded a Faculty Research Fellows Grant from the Center of California Studies, California State University, Sacramento to analyze state land holdings for the Governor''s Office of Planning and Research.

He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Riverside.

  Course Price:
$24.99
 
 

The Five Fundamentals of Federal Employment Law

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The Five Fundamentals of Federal Employment Law Details


Price:
$24.99

Course Description

In this course, attorney David Graulich will cover the five fundamentals of employment law. He begins by discussing title 7 of the Civil Rights Act, which basically begins the modern era of employment law. He will then will move on to cover at will employment, who is an employee? (employee vs. independent contractor), exempt or non-exempt? and the large area of leaves of absence law under the federal venue.

Course Agenda

1. Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act
  • Begins the modern era of employment law
  • First major move into regulating the private workplace
  • Race and gender discrimination
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission & right to sue letters
  • Griggs v Duke Power Co, 401 US 424 (1971)
  • EEOC v Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Shifting burdens in litigation
2. At Will Employment 3. Who Is an Employee?
  • Employee vs Independent Contractor
  • Common law agency test
  • Economic realities test
  • IRS rules & case law
  • Employment laws only protect employees
4. Exempt or Non-Exempt?
  • Why is this important
  • Brain vs Muscle framework
  • 50% rule ? exempt vs non-exempt tasks
    5. Leaves of Absence Law
    • Family medical leave act
    • Sexual harassment in the workplace

    Course Credit per State


    AL - On-Demand: 1.3 Credits
    AZ - General: 1.25 Credits
    CA - General: 1.25 Credits
    CT - General: 1.25 Credits
    IL - General: 1.5 Credits
    KY - General: 1.25 Credits
    ME - Self Study: 1.28 Credits
    NC - General: 1.25 Credits
    NH - General: 1.28 Credits
    NJ - General: 1.5 Credits
    NY - General: 1.5 Credits
    PA - Distance Learning: 1.5 Credits
    SC - General: 1.28 Credits
    TN - General: 1.28 Credits
    TX - General: 1.25 Credits
    UT - Self Study: 1.5 Credits
    VA - General: 1.5 Credits
    WA - General: 1.25 Credits
    WI - On-Demand: 1.5 Credits
    WV - General: 1.54 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    David Graulich, Esq.

    Mr. Graulich worked over 20 years in journalism and the public relations industry. He represented companies such as PepsiCo, Schwab and Computer Sciences Corp., advising senior executives on communications policies. Mr. Graulich received his law degree at the University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Graulich is currently working in private practice and resides in Sacramento, California.

  Course Price:
$24.99
 


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