Professional Practice CLE

Nuts & Bolts of Will Drafting
Originally presented on Tuesday, October 21, 2014- 6:00-8:00pm
2 Professional Practice Credits
Client intake, basics of a complete Will, proper Will execution, PLUS attorney-drafter as nominated executor considerations, attorney-drafter legal exposure, Medicaid trusts, tax apportionment, AND much, much, much more!
Panelists: Paul S. Forster, Esq., Antar Jones, Esq. and Frank T. Strafaci, Esq.
Program Coordinator: Antar Jones, Esq.
Sponsored by: BBA’s Surrogate’s Court Committee – Hon. Bruce M. Balter, Chair and Frank T. Strafaci, Esq., Vice Chair
BBA’s Decedent’s Estates Section – Paul S. Forster, Esq., Chair and Frank T. Strafaci, Esq., Vice Chair
East Coast Appraisal Service
Fillmore Real Estate
Investors Bank
To Download the Flyer and Registration Form, click this link: Will Drafting Flyer-Form 10.21.2014.2
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For more information, contact 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or email

The 2014 Bankruptcy Update
Credits: 2.5 Credits Professional Practice per course

This program was originally presented on the following dates:
Part I Tuesday, September 9th
Part II Tuesday, September 16th
Part III Tuesday, September 23rd

Presentations by:
David J. Doyaga, Esq., Doyaga & Schaefer
Gregory Messer, Esq., Law Office of Gregory Messer, PLLC
Sponsored by:
BBA’s Bankruptcy Law Committee- Dayid J. Doyaga, Esq., Chair
Part I – Bankruptcy Basics – This Course is for the beginning attorney who has done 5 or less bankruptcies and is excellent for sending your staff and paralegals to learn or re-learn the Basics of Bankruptcy and Chapter 7.
Topics include:  How to properly complete and amend Schedules and other required filings;  How to convert to other Chapters; The basics of how to complete the means test form;  How to get the Meeting of Creditors closed in one visit;  Basic client interviewing; Bankruptcy Exemptions.
Part II –Intermediate Level – This Course is a perfect follow up to Part I.
Topics include: How to get the difficult or high earning debtor under the means test cap for Chapter 7;  Discharge and Dischargeability Actions and how to defend them; reaffirmation of Debts and the alternatives thereto; and advanced Exemptions and analysis.
Part III –Advanced Bankruptcy – Covers Advanced Topics.
Topics include: The new exemptions – advanced analysis; Exemption Planning; Recent Decisions; Chapter 13 and lien stripping; S0.tripping Second mortgages and Chapter 20.
To Download the Flyer and Registration Form, Click Here!
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Part I:


Part II:

Part III:

For more information contact: Danielle A. Levine, at or 718-624-0675, ext. 206

OCA Approved Article 81 Guardianship Training
7 MCLE Credits (Prof. Practice, Skills, Ethics)
Originally Presented on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014~ 9:00am-5:00pm
123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A panel of experienced attorneys and Office of Court Administration staff will provide certification training required for guardian appointment in New York State. This course is approved for both attorneys and non-attorneys.
Presented by:
•Anthony J. Lamberti, Esq.
•Helen Galette, Esq.
•Fern Finkel, Esq.
•Peggy Barbanel, Esq.
•James Cahill, Esq.
•Liz Candreva, Esq.-OCA Part 36 Staff Attorney
•Louise Albenda, Esq.
Sponsored by:
•    Brooklyn Bar Association’s Elder Law Commitee, Anthony J. Lamberti, Esq.-Chair
•    Investors Bank

Registration Fee includes CLE credits and a CD of the materials. If you would like a printed copy of the materials, the Brooklyn Bar Association can provide at cost for $30.


Trial Techiques Part II: Cross Examination & Summation
Originally Presented On: Thursday, May 15, 2014~ 6:00-8:00pm
(2 Skills Credits)

Whether you are just starting your trial practice or have been amazing judges and juries for years, this course is the first part of a courtroom skills series that will provide attorneys with helpful tips to designing and performing excellent voir dire, oral argument, and witness questioning skills for the court.
Presented by: Andrew Smiley, Esq., Partner of Smiley & Smiley, LLP


Criminal Diversion Programs: Essentials Explained From the Bench

Originally Presented on: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
(2 Professional Practice Credits)
A panel of Brooklyn justices will explain the alternative programs crucial to our criminal justice system.
Presented by:
•Justice Jo Ann Ferdinand, Brooklyn Treatment Court;
•Justice Michael J. Brennan, Veteran’s Court;
•Justice Matthew J. D’Emic, Mental Health Court
Moderated by: Scott H. Klein, Esq.
Sponsored by:
BBA’s Criminal Law Section- George Farkas, Esq., Chair


Pitfalls of Criminal Representation: Grand Jury to Trial Basics*
Originally Presented on : Thursday April 24t, 2014
(2 Prof. Practice Credits)
This course will raise important issues to consider when balancing the desires and the best interest of your client at each stage of a criminal case. Part of the course will specifically focus on pre-trial hearings regarding identification, statements, and theft and recovered property.
Moderated by: Scott H. Klein, Esq.
Presented by:
•Edward J. Mandery, Esq.
•Martin G. Goldberg, Esq.
Sponsored by:
•BBA’s Criminal Law Section-George Farkas, Esq., Chair
•Investors Bank

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Nuts & Bolts of No Fault Insurance*

Originally Presented on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
(2 Prof. Practice Credits)
Experienced attorneys and two judges will cover the nuts and bolts of no fault practice, including recent developments in case law and decisions regarding peer doctors and the preclusion defense.
Presented by:
•David Gottlieb, Esq.
•Jeff Seigel, Esq.
•Hon. Peter Sweeney
•Hon. Katherine Levine
Sponsored by:
BBA’s No Fault Committee-Dean Delianites, Esq., Chair

The 2013 Elder Law Update
Originally Presented on Monday, November 4, 2013
2 Professional Practice Credits
Bernard A. Krooks, Esq. will provide an update on recent developments in elder law and how to pay for long-term care.  The seminar will cover such topics as Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, nursing homes, assisted living, guardianship, Medicaid trusts, and special needs trusts.  Relevant tax considerations will also be addressed.

Presented by:
Bernard A. Krooks, Esq.
Sponsored by:
•BBA’s Elder Law Committee- Anthony Lamberti, Esq., Chair
•East Coast Appraisal Service

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For More Information, Contact Meredith Symonds, Esq.: or 718.624.0675, ext 206.

Collecting the Debt: Successful Enforcement Tactics
Originally Presented On Wednesday, November 6, 2013
2 Professional Practice Credits
The Course will discuss the following:
Locating the Debtor and his assets
Article 52 remedies, including execution, income execution and restrainingnotices.
Settlement and negotiation strategies.
Judicial perspectives on motions to vacate judgment, post-judgment enforcementmeasures and settlements.
Presented by:
Hon. Noach Dear, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Kings Co.
Richard Klass, Esq.-Your Court Street Lawyer
Susan Nash, Search-Net Management, President
Sponsored by:
BBA’s Civil Court Committee-Jeffrey Miller, Esq., Chair
Thomson Reuters-Westlaw

To Order the CD Online:


For More Information, Contact Meredith Symonds, Esq.:; 718-624-0675, ext. 206

Land Use and Zoning In NYC: The Basics*

2 Professional Practice Credits
Originally Presented On: October 9, 2013

This Real Property course will introduce attorneys to the fundamental building blocks of zoning and delve into the details of zoning calculations, CEQR requirements, development rights transfers. The speakers will also discuss the various city agencies associated with land use, including the Departments of City Planning and Buildings, the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals,and the NYC Landmarks Commission.

*Indicates a course offering basic training for skills and practice.

Presented by:
Mark Caruso, Esq., Caruso, Caruso & Branda, P.C.
Chris Wright, Esq., Simons & Wright LLC

Sponsored By:
BBA’s Real Property Law Committee- Mark Caruso, Esq., Chair

To Order the CD Online:


For More Information, Contact Meredith Symonds, Esq.:; 718-624-0675, ext. 206