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7/07/15 2015-2016 Webinar: Business Planning with Series LLCs
7/08/15 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Ethical Issues When Representing the Elderly
7/09/15 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Settlement in Litigation
7/10/15 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: The Ethics of Billing & Collecting Attorneys' Fees
7/14/15 2015-2016 Webinar: Tax Planning for Real Estate, Part 1
7/15/15 2015-2016 Webinar: Tax Planning for Real Estate, Part 2
7/16/15 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Warrants, Options & Other Incentives in Business Transactions
7/17/15 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: 2015 Nonprofit/Exempt Organization Update
7/20/15 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Innocent & Injured Spouse Defenses to Joint Tax Liability
7/21/15 2015-2016 Webinar: Restrictive & Protective Covenants in Real Estate

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Tue Jul 07, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: Business Planning with Series LLCs

“Series LLCs” are a new and potentially powerful tool in business planning. They allow owners to isolate assets and (crucially) liabilities in various “Series,” or cells, within the “mothership” LLC. This shields a particular Series’ assets from claims involving the assets of other Series’ assets under the LLC. What makes the structure different is that the LLC and all of its Series will be considered a single entity for tax and non-tax purposes. Management powers and distribution rights can be varied according to each Series, but in exchange for these and other benefits there are many limits and variations from the traditional LLC. In addition, there are substantial UCC, bankruptcy, and title and general insurance issues. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to understanding how Series LLCs are created, the circumstances in which they are best used, the drafting the underlying documents, and counseling clients about their use. • Practical uses of Series LLCs in business planning – isolating assets and liabilities in “Series,” or cells, within a single structure • How to draft Series LLCs, including essential terms for the LLC and each of the “Series” under the LLC “mothership” • Types of deals and market industries where Series LLCs make most sense • Defining management powers in the LLC and each “Series” – how control of one impacts the others • Contributions of assets and isolation of liabilities – and the impact this has on distribution powers and rights • Major UCC, title insurance, and tax issues in Series LLCs • Alternative structures, including the use of single-member LLCs and creative use of special allocations

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Wed Jul 08, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Ethical Issues When Representing the Elderly

Many ethical issues arise when lawyers represent elderly clients. Foremost may be determining whether a client has the capacity to make valid and legally enforceable decisions – and if the client does not, determining who can make decisions for the client. There are also manifold conflict of interest issues, including whether direction is taken from the elderly person or the other person (often an adult child of the putative client) who is paying for the representation. There are also issues involving the exercise of undue influence by a caregiver or other person, including the validity of gifts to that person. Issues of preserving confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege when meetings are held in the presence of children or third-parties are also very important. This program will provide you with a practical guide to the most important ethical issues when lawyers represent elderly clients. • Determining whether your elderly client has capacity – and identifying your client • Practical alternatives if you determine a client doesn’t have capacity • Conflicts of interest between the elderly client and the person paying for the representation, including the validity of gifts • Preserving confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege when a caregiver or third party is in client meetings • Clients who lose capacity during a continuing representation • Ethical issues involved with undue influence over the elderly – what should you do? • Elder abuse issues – how to spot it and what to do if you discover it

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Thu Jul 09, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Settlement in Litigation

A settlement in litigation – commercial, fiduciary, construction, or other – is only as good as the settlement agreement. The case may have stopped short of trial or stopped in the middle of trial as the parties realized that settlement was the best course of action, but preserving the informal agreement to settle places immense pressure on getting the underlying agreement right – not only settling the present dispute but preserving the settlement as things change over time. Understanding the law governing these agreements and carefully drafting their essential provisions – mutual releases, scope, any financial terms, non-disclosure, non-disparagement an many more – are essential to preserving the value of the settlement. This program will provide you with a draftsman’s guide to the essential provisions, traps and opportunities of litigation settlement agreements. • Framework of law governing settlement agreements • Essential provisions of settlement agreements, including traps for the unwary • Defining scope of settlement and mutual releases – either to prevent resumption of litigation or leave related litigation untouched • Economic terms (including potential tax impact), uses of escrow, and collection • Role of non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions, violations and remedies. • Enhancing the enforceability and decreasing the costs of settlement agreements

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Fri Jul 10, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: The Ethics of Billing & Collecting Attorneys' Fees

Billing and collecting fees and expenses has always been an ethically fraught area for lawyers. It is one of the areas of greatest dispute between lawyers and law firms and their clients, as clients complain about either the amount of the fees or use fees as an opportunity for expressing dissatisfaction about another aspect of the representation. Ethics complaints have increased as the complexity of law practice has grown, including the use of flat fees and alternative fee arrangements and outsourcing work to contact attorneys or to third party support staff. There are also substantial issues related to how attorneys may properly defend themselves, preserve the attorney-client privilege, and yet collect fees properly owed. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to significant ethical issues in billing clients for fees and expenses. • Timesheets, work descriptions and common traps • Types of work that may/may not be billed • Double billing, duplication of work, transient billers, and internal conferences • Billing for other lawyers’ time – contract, part-time, and outsourced lawyers, co-counsel • Contingency fees – permissibility, reasonableness, control of settlements • Flat and alternative fee arrangements – what’s allowed? • Collecting fees, liens and retention of client files, and interest on unpaid fees • Ethical issues related to expenses • Attorney-client privilege issues in billing for fees and expenses

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Tue Jul 14, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: Tax Planning for Real Estate, Part 1

Tax considerations in real estate transactions – land development and sales, long-term ownership of commercial property, outright sales of real estate entities or like-kind exchanges – are a major component of every deal. Choosing the right entity and acquiring property in the right form can set up the deal for substantial tax savings or deferral when the property or entity is eventually sold. Getting allocations and distributions right, particularly in light of the new 3.8% tax on net investment income, is essential to ensure the parties to the transaction get the economic benefit of their bargain and are not challenged by the IRS. There are also a multitude of structures beyond Like-Kind Exchanges for deferring gain on the sale of property. This program will provide the non-tax specialist real estate attorney with a real-world guide to major tax planning considerations in real estate and related drafting tips.

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Wed Jul 15, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: Tax Planning for Real Estate, Part 2

Tax considerations in real estate transactions – land development and sales, long-term ownership of commercial property, outright sales of real estate entities or like-kind exchanges – are a major component of every deal. Choosing the right entity and acquiring property in the right form can set up the deal for substantial tax savings or deferral when the property or entity is eventually sold. Getting allocations and distributions right, particularly in light of the new 3.8% tax on net investment income, is essential to ensure the parties to the transaction get the economic benefit of their bargain and are not challenged by the IRS. There are also a multitude of structures beyond Like-Kind Exchanges for deferring gain on the sale of property. This program will provide the non-tax specialist real estate attorney with a real-world guide to major tax planning considerations in real estate and related drafting tips.

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Thu Jul 16, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Warrants, Options & Other Incentives in Business Transactions

Warrants, options and similar instruments provide the holder in business and commercial transactions certain rights and incentives.  The holder may be able to acquire additional equity in the issuing company on the occurrence of certain events or merely through the passage of time.  They can provide incentives to the holders and also protections, including against dilution of existing equity positions.  Warrants and options may also come with certain management veto rights or “tag along” rights on business sales. This program will cover the law of rights and warrants the process of reviewing or drafting them.

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Fri Jul 17, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: 2015 Nonprofit/Exempt Organization Update

This program will provide a wide-ranging discussion of legal developments impacting nonprofit/exempt organizations. The program will cover legislative, regulatory and enforcement developments, including those related to Form 990, governance, fiduciary liability, fundraising, joint ventures, and more.

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Mon Jul 20, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: LIVE REPLAY: Innocent & Injured Spouse Defenses to Joint Tax Liability

The “Innocent Spouse” and “Injured Spouse” defenses affords relief from joint tax liability for certain qualifying spouses.  If a spouse qualifies for one or both defenses, he or she is relieved from all or a portion of joint tax liability which often arise in family businesses, distressed marriages, or where one spouse controls finances.  This program will provide you a real-world guide to the eligibility standards for each form of relief, the measure of the relief afforded, practical tips on asserting them to IRS collection liability, and special issues for the non-requesting spouse.

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Tue Jul 21, 2015 2015-2016 Webinar: Restrictive & Protective Covenants in Real Estate

This program will provide you with a guide to restrictive and protective covenants in commercial real estate.  The program will cover issues in due diligence, imposing, modifying and releasing restrictions, title issues, and their impact on commercial real estate transactions.

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