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10 Legal Considerations for Starting and Running a Medical Practice

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10 Legal Considerations for Starting and Running a Medical Practice Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

In this fast-paced and highly informative program, the speakers address core issues with which attorneys who may be involved with medical practitioners must be familiar. These include how to help limit liability exposure, choice of business entity, supervision issues, compensation, Contracts 101 (HR and more), Intellectual Property, legal issues regarding marketing and how to avoid and/or best resolve disputes with patients. Also discussed are recommended asset protection and estate planning strategies and common asset protection mistakes which medical professionals need to be aware of and avoid.

Course Agenda

  • Limiting Your Liability
  • Supervision Issues
  • Compensation
  • Contracts 101
  • Intellectual Property
  • Marketing Legal Issues
  • How to Avoid Disputes

Course Credit per State


AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
ME - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NV - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.05 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:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

A Modern Look at Contractors v. Employees

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A Modern Look at Contractors v. Employees Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $29.99)

Course Description

Whether you're a business owner concerned with making the right distinctions when engaging people to work with/for you, or a lawyer responsible for advising clients on the contractor v. employee distinction, this presentation could save you a lot of grief and money down the line.

Marin County-based employment lawyer Diana Maier and Carlos E. Torres, a Hearing Officer for the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), discuss which factors matter most in deciding how to classify workers in light of recent legal decisions that are shifting those factors. In addition to covering a broad overview of the contractor v. employee debate, they also discuss ethical considerations for lawyers considering the question of contractor classification, and assess whether the sharing economy is due for extinction in light of recent rulings against companies such as Uber.

Course Agenda

Frequent Terms and Their Meanings
  • Principal versus Employer
  • Worker/Contractor/Consultant versus Employee
Central Questions
  • What are some ethical considerations to keep in mind as we review the material?
  • Why are we here?
  • Factors in classification
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each classification
  • How does the government know/find out?
  • What are the penalties if you get it wrong?
  • What do you do to protect yourself?
Sharing Economy
  • What is the sharing economy?
  • Worker classification ? independent contractor
  • Classification lawsuits
    • Lyft, uber, washio, homejoy, shyp, postmates, instacart, handy
Ethical Issues Revisited
  • Ethical considerations
    • Model rules of professional conduct
    • Rule 2.1 ? advisor
  • Given that this is a subjective standard, what ethical considerations exist for attorneys who need to advise others about this? Complicated by the fact that 1099 is less expensive.
  • Do you pick the argument most conducive to the business and just go with that?
  • How do the political/social factors come into play?
  • Are there law and policy objectives lawyers have a duty to protect?
  • If there are, has current law accomplished those, or have we gone too far?
Cases: Practicing the Material
  • Case #1: Client Engaging New Service Providers
  • Case #2: Corporate Employer
  • Case #3: Domestic Employer
Wrap Up
  • Standard is subjective ? makes it a tricky ethical issue for lawyers
  • Government prefers employee status
  • Back up a decision to make someone a contractor by making a file, contract, etc. and know there?s a risk
  • Government most often finds out via an obstructed claim, but there are many ways
  • Recent indications show government is only going to get more strict in enforcement

Course Credit per State


PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
WV - General: 1.2 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Diana Maier

Diana Maier is an employment and privacy law expert who founded The Law Offices of Diana Maier, PC, a San Francisco Bay Area company that provides exceptional customer service in privacy and employment law. Diana and her team advise companies on the legality of their workplace privacy and employment practices, litigate cases when needed, and conduct workplace investigations. Diana is certified in both European Union and US privacy laws and is a fluent Spanish-speaker.

Diana attended Stanford Law School and graduated in 1998. She received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1992.

Diana began her legal career as a Public Defender for Santa Clara County, where she spent each day in the courtroom defending misdemeanor, felony, and three strike cases. She enjoyed great success in winning trials for her clients and felt that she had found her ?calling? in life. But in 2003, Diana decided to transition to a career that was more sustainable for family life, and she began practicing employment law. She joined forces with the plaintiffs? employment law firm Bushnell, Caplan & Fielding, LLP, which later became Bushnell, Caplan, Fielding & Maier, LLP. Diana left the firm in 2008 in order to launch the Law Offices of Diana Maier and focus more on the defense side of employment work, particularly litigation preventative work.

In early 2013, Diana began working as outsourced In-House Counsel for Labor and Employment and Privacy Law for Quantum Corporation in Silicon Valley. To handle this role more skillfully, Diana earned two privacy credentials, CIPP/US and CIPP/E, through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Diana?s CIPP/US and CIPP/E certifications represent her dedication to thoroughly understanding global privacy laws for the benefit her clients. By knowing and applying privacy and data protection laws and regulations in the United States and Europe, Diana is able to ensure privacy compliance on a global scale.

Diana is a frequent speaker and writer on an enormous range of topics in employment and privacy law. She presents a quarterly public webinar (which can be found on her website under ?Lunchtime Legal Chats?) and also frequently speaks to the Marin County & San Francisco Bar Associations, as well as numerous non-attorney organizations. She has been published in The Recorder, the ABA Journal, and countless online publications, and she is often cited as an expert in news stories pertinent to employment and privacy law. You can find handouts from her presentations and articles featuring her at www.dianamaierlaw.com/resources. Diana is the former Chair of the Marin County Bar Association Labor and Employment section, and she serves as an advisor in the areas of employment law and privacy to Casetext, a legal start-up organization in Silicon Valley.

Diana's legal hobbies are blogging on employment and privacy law issues and exploring the practice of compassionate law, the idea that lawyers can be problem solvers and healers of conflict rather than just combatants for hire. Diana especially enjoys serving on the Board and heading up the Fundraising Committee of OneJustice, a California based legal non-profit that provides legal services to marginalized populations who otherwise wouldn?t have access to an attorney.

You can read Diana?s blog at www.dianamaierlaw.com/employment-and-privacy-law-blog-by-diana-maier/ and also read about her talented staff at www.dianamaierlaw.com/about/staff-bios/. Her email is diana@dianamaierlaw.com, and her phone number is 415-515-1707. In addition, you can find her on LinkedIn and on Twitter under @DianaMaierLaw, to name just a few social media sites where Diana likes to ?hang out? and talk law.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $29.99)
 
 

A Primer on International Taxation

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A Primer on International Taxation Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $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


FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 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:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

Attorney Steve Nielsen provides a candid assessment of where the legal profession stands in terms of diversity and inclusion, and reviews what ideas and programs have worked, and some which have not. He walks through and discusses key, topical articles and reviews the current statistical data on diversity and whether or not progress has been achieved. He suggests positive ways in which diversity and inclusion can properly and constructively be discussed in the law office and notes the important role of leadership in discussing diversity and inclusion in the office. Mr. Nielsen offers recommendations on how to effectively enhance inclusion efforts, such as mentoring and networking to help new attorneys, and includes some tips on what policies or strategies may be counter-productive He adds a list of the numerous categories of diversity which exist and which deserve attention to help create a better environment for legal professionals.

Course Agenda

  • What does the current literature tell us?
  • A Newer CLE Requirement
  • Pressure for Law School Ranking Hurts Women
  • Both Law and Medicine have Diversity Problems
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL):
  • The national Association for Law Placement (NALP) www.nalp.org
  • A slow and discouraging trend..
  • From 'Why You Should Insist on Diversity in Your Law Practice": BY SUZIE SCANLON RABINOWITZ, JANUARY 23, 2020
  • New Reports Are Not Encouraging
  • Is Mental Health a Point of Diversity?
  • 'Belongingness'
  • THE DO'S OF DISCUSSING DIVERSITY
  • THE DON'TS OF DISCUSSING DIVERSITY
  • Covering the Bases of D and I
  • New York - Has a Diversity and Inclusion Office (D&I)
  • A Broader Definition of Diversity
  • Illinois
  • Mentoring and Networking Seem to be an Answer
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Is our definition of 'reaching the top' to be reconsidered?
  • Is running a solo or small firm considered success?
  • Bias - A Proposed Big Picture View
  • A Proposed Big Picture Approach
  • What is Bias?
  • Mechanical Bias
  • Group Bias
  • What is Discrimination?
  • Discriminating
  • Discriminating Tastes
  • Do we learn hate?
  • How did we evolve?
  • Advantages of being in a group
  • Group Study Data
  • The Robber's Cave Experiment
  • Is Group Theory Supported by Current Events?
  • Groups or Traits to consider in the reduction of bias in the legal profession
  • The protected classes are just a start
  • Perhaps broad definitions of 'diversity' are helpful in defining the scope of our anti-bias efforts
  • Still allowed to judge or discern, but judge with knowledge of the individual
  • How do we reduce bias?
  • How do we make everyone feel equal?
  • The Judge and the Fishing Story
  • The Skilled Mediator Example
  • Bias in Action
  • Can we learn to withhold judgment?
  • Question Everything

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - Elimination of Bias: 1.0 Credits
FL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IL - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - Diversity Inclusion Elimination of Bias: 1.2 Credits
NY - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.02 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Steven A Nielsen
Based in Larkspur, California, Steven A. Nielsen is a U.S. registered patent attorney with many years of experience in patent procurement and in achieving favorable results in federal court in the field of intellectual properly litigation. Mr. Nielsen is the past chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Marin County Bar Association. Mr. Nielsen received his J.D. in 1987 from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley and also holds a B.A. in Computer Science. He may be contacted at steve@nielsenpatents.com, on his website, nielsenpatents.com or via his LinkedIn page.
  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

Intellectual Property Law Basics

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Intellectual Property Law Basics Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

The field of Intellectual property is an ever-changing area of law. This lecture will talk about the basic concepts behind IP law including Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, what they cover and what potential limits and conflicts can be in enforcing them.

Course Agenda

    Intellectual Property Basics Patents Trademarks Copyrights

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
MS - General: 1.2 Credits
NC - General: 1.0 Credits
NV - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.15 Credits
TN - General: 1.0 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

Russell Jackman, Esq. is owner of Calmputer Consulting Services in Marin County, California. He is a Past President of the California State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

PowerPoint for Attorneys

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PowerPoint for Attorneys Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

In today's modern courtroom, the use of technology as part of a trial presentation is essential. It is important for attorneys to understand the high tech tools available to them, and Microsoft Office 2014. PowerPoint is one of the most useful tools available -- if it is used correctly! In this presentation attorney and trainer Russell Jackman discusses and demonstrates how to get the most out of PowerPoint. Topics include how it can be used to organize a case visually, zoom in on important elements in a document or image using cropping and animation, charts, motion paths, animated timelines and more. Also discussed are strategies on what specific animations, colors and techniques work best in litigation scenarios.

Course Agenda

  • Why PowerPoint?
  • How Does PowerPoint Work?
  • Your Audience (Juries)
  • Basic Philosophy (Make it like TV)
  • Visuals
  • Templates
  • General PowerPoint Strategies
  • Backgrounds/Watermarks
  • Getting Items into PowerPoint
  • New ways to get pictures into a presentation!
  • New Features
  • Color Matching ?eyedropper?
  • Merge Shapes
  • Supported Video Formats
  • Supported Audio Formats
  • Comments
  • Smarter? Guides
  • Changes During Presentation Mode
  • Techniques: Motion Paths
  • TIMELINES
  • Organizational Charts
  • Other Tips

Course Credit per State


CO - General: 1.62 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

Russell Jackman, Esq. is owner of Calmputer Consulting Services in Marin County, California. He is a Past President of the California State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

The Role of Compliance

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The Role of Compliance Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $39.99)

Course Description

In this program seasoned attorney and Chief Compliance Officer Charles A Christofilis provides attorneys with an overview of the laws and rules which govern the area of compliance, the many legal areas in which the compliance officer must operate, the "four pillars" of compliance, and numerous case examples in which inadequate compliance has resulted in major adverse consequences for companies.

He addresses how to develop. Implement and test a Compliance Program in virtually and industry, and does a deep dive into the financial services and public company space. Specifically, the roles of the SEC and other agencies, the Investment Advisers Act, the Anti-Money Laundering provisions under the Patriot Act (with numerous examples), the FCPA and the necessity of internal audits and mock examinations.

Finally, he concludes with how to manage regulatory examinations and investigations as opposed to more traditional civil or criminal litigation, and respond to compliance failures from a crises management perspective when they occur.

Course Agenda

  • Why Compliance is increasingly important
  • How to develop, implement and test a Compliance Program;
  • Financial, Healthcare, IT and Public company (SOX) Implications)
  • Four Pillars of Compliance:
    • Controls;
    • Testing;
    • Ownership; and
    • Training.
  • Annual Review Process;
  • Liability / Conflicts;
  • Civil, Criminal and Reputational Implication / Crises Management.

Course Credit per State


CO - General: 2.34 Credits
WA - General: 2.0 Credits
WV - General: 2.34 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Charles A. Christofilis, Esq.

Charles A. Christofilis, Esq. has served as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Senior Counsel and/or General Counsel for Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers for over a decade. Mr. Christofilis received a J.D. from Touro Law, an MBA in finance from the University of San Francisco a Bachelor?s degree in management from Pace University in New York and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Mr. Christofilis is an attorney admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey and California (CA In-House Counsel) and has Series 7, 63, 24, 79 and 27 designations from FINRA.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $39.99)
 


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