Upcoming Live CLE Seminars

A Critical Update: New York’s New Mandatory Contingent Fee Retainer Language

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (Ethics)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
Description: Speakers Cliff Robert and Michael Ross will address the highly important and newly issued mandatory rules in the four Appellate Divisions concerning contingency fee provisions in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The discussion will focus on areas of clarity in the rules and areas of lack of clarity in the rules. The speakers will also address several other somewhat standard and helpful provisions, which lawyers may wish to include in their fee agreements.
Presented By:
Michael Ross, Esq.
Clifford Robert, Esq.
Sponsored By:
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.

Cutting Edge Topics in Estate Planning

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (Professional Practice)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
Digital Estate Planning – We will explore the definition of digital assets and how to access, secure and distribute them. You will learn the risks and obstacles associated with planning for digital assets, such as potential privacy violation issues and the impact of federal and state hacking laws. We will also cover various planning techniques used to avoid pitfalls and ensure smooth administration of digital assets.
Special Needs Trusts – We will explain the importance of supplemental needs trusts, when to create them and how to fund them as well as the difference between a third-party trust versus a self-settled “payback” trust. A recent New York trust case will be presented to explore the role and responsibilities of corporate trustees of supplemental needs trusts.
Same-Sex Family Planning – Since U.S. v. Windsor, the landmark Supreme Court case that defeated a controversial federal law denying equal treatment to same-sex spouses, some 35 states recognize same-sex marriage. We will recap this trailblazing case and outline issues that remain for same-sex spouses, with an emphasis on estate planning.
Presented By:
Jill Beier, Esq. – Digital Estate Planning
Amy Altman, Esq. – Special Needs Trusts
Daniel Axman, Esq. – Same-Sex Family Planning
Program Coordinator:
Michelle Shagenov, Esq.
Sponsored By:
Surrogate’s Court Committee – Hon. Bruce M. Balter, Chair & Frank T. Strafaci, Esq. Vice Chair
Decedents’ Estates Section – Paul S. Forster, Esq., Chair & Frank T. Strafaci, Esq., Vice Chair
Elder Law Committee – Anthony Lamberti, Esq., Chair & Fern J. Finkel, Esq., Vice Chair
Computer Technology Committee - Andrea Bonina, Esq., Co-Chair & Daniel Antonelli, Esq., Co-Chair
Young Lawyers Section – Daniel Antonelli, Esq., Chair & Adam Kalish, Esq., Vice Chair
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.

Ethical Considerations in Online Marketing for Law Firms

Thursday, January 15, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (Ethics)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
Whether you’re looking to use social media, create a website, or just send out an email, there are ethical issues to keep in mind. Learn about the ethical pitfalls when marketing your firm online and how to avoid them. Topics include: email, social media, websites, online advertising and search optimization, blogging, and interacting with judges.
Presented By:
Andrew Cabasso, Esq.
Sponsored By:
BBA’s Computer Technology Committee – Andrea Bonina, Esq., Co-Chair & Daniel Antonelli, Esq., Co-Chair
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.

Digital Evidence in Matrimonial Cases – Deconstructing Electronically Stored Information

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (.5 Ethics & 1.5 Skills)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
The volume of digital evidence potentially available in matrimonial (and other) cases dwarfs all evidence in all other forms. Recent ethical opinions state that a practitioner must be competent to deal with electronic evidence issues and the Uniform Rules for NY Trial Courts mandate consideration for Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”) at the time of Preliminary Conference.
Presented By:
Nicholas G. Himonidis, J.D., CFE, CCFS
Sponsored by:
BBA’s Family Law Section – RoseAnn C. Branda, Esq., Chair
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.