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Don’t miss this full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on May 20, 2016 that offers practical advice from experienced estate planning attorneys on how to efficiently and effectively run an estate planning practice. New attorneys, young attorneys, and attorneys with limited experience in the estate planning process who attend this seminar will better understand: the purpose and limitations of powers of attorney; the importance of obtaining an accurate value of your client’s assets; the challenges of representing couples jointly; how to create a successful management process for your estate planning engagements; how and why to use engagement/disengagement letters; how to advise clients with both large and small net worths; the types of clauses to use when drafting an estate plan; how to handle clients with limited or diminished capacity; what to do when your client is being pressured by an outside party; and much more!

Enhance your competence as an attorney by learning the intricacies of proper e-discovery procedures with this full-day seminar in Chicago on May 19, 2016. Learn how to avoid the consequences of expensive and improperly conducted e-discovery, particularly for your smaller cases. Because most discovery documents and information are now in electronic format – whether medical, financial or corporate records – it is essential to understand the complexities of e-discovery and to obtain accurate and complete documents. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how technology is changing the way we practice; how technological incompetence can affect your practice; when you are allowed to search someone’s computer; best practices for document retention and destruction; how to obtain medical records; using e-discovery in employment law cases; how to use social media as evidence; how to obtain mobile device discovery; what metadata is and how to get it; which affordable e-discovery software you should be using in your practice; and much more!

Learn which alternative dispute resolution options are available in the three districts, how the programs are administered, and how to take advantage of each with this informative one-hour online seminar on May 18, 2016! Practitioners with basic to intermediate practice experience who handle (or have contemplated handling) civil litigation in any of the Illinois Federal District Courts who attend this live webcast will better understand: court-hosted mediation and how the local rules/procedures differ; special programs and procedures for pro se cases; Judge-hosted mediation and referrals to a panel mediator; opening statements; facilitative vs. evaluative mediation; pitfalls to avoid during mediation; knowing which documents are prepared on the spot, and which procedures follow the settlement, including statement of terms on the record and its impact on confidentiality; jurisdiction issues; and much more!

Join us in Lombard on May 13, 2016 for a comprehensive look at how to handle complicated lien priority and construction escrow matters involving new construction with this informative full-day seminar that uses a fact pattern scenario (based on an actual case) as the backdrop for each presentation! Real estate attorneys, construction law practitioners, and lawyers working in the commercial banking/collections/bankruptcy areas who attend this seminar will better understand: the issues and concerns that can arise with the original development contracts and general real estate purchase contracts; the requirements involved in financing a construction project; the red flags to look for in construction, escrow procedures and disbursements, and related title insurance matters; how mechanics’ liens affect the developer, builder, lender, real estate purchaser, and subcontractor; how mechanics’ lien foreclosure and builder’s bankruptcy impacts a construction project; and changes in the law that substantially affect construction-related issues. The seminar is presented by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Construction Law Section and ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy Section. It qualifies for 6.25 hours MCLE credit.

Every litigator needs to be aware of the basic rules and procedures for appeals in Illinois Appellate Courts. Don’t miss this full-day seminar in Chicago on Friday, April 29, 2016 that offers an overview of all major aspects of the civil appeals process in the Illinois reviewing courts. Attorneys with basic practice experience in all substantive areas who have never participated (or only rarely participate) in appeals will benefit from this seminar and gain a better understanding of: the general requirements for creating a record for appellate review; the problems that can arise while making a record; when post-trial motions are required to preserve issues on appeal; how to respond to post-trial motions; how to decide if an appeal is the right choice; the ways that the appellate court clerk can help with the clarifying and procedural requirements of an appeal; the special considerations for interlocutory review; important points to consider regarding appellate motion practice; why the standard of review is important to your appeal; how to draft an effective and persuasive brief; how to present a successful oral argument; and much more

Discover what’s new in the tort law arena with this informative half-day seminar in Champaign on April 22, 2016! Tort law attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: the do’s and don’ts of medical expert testimony preparation; the current trends and issues with medical malpractice; the vocational expert’s role in determining key factors to your next case; how workers’ compensation issues intersect with Section 5 liens; the Illinois Lien Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; how to make the most out of the mediation process; and the relationship between Medicare and tort law.

It’s that time of year again! Don’t miss ISBA’s third annual elder law bootcamp that offers you the guidance and information you need to effectively represent your aging clients! Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this two-day seminar will gain a better understanding of: Illinois Medicaid eligibility rules; which long-term care planning options are still available; the forms and procedures for filing Medicaid appeals and hardship waivers; how to avoid violating the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct; how to handle a divorce among your elderly clients, including competency issues, spousal support, and dividing the cemetery plots; the retirement plans and distribution options for the client contemplating retirement; how to detect and prevent investment fraud against your aging client; what to do if your client experiences age discrimination or other employment issues; why mediation is a better alternative to litigation and how to get your client ready; your client’s rights and obligations as a landlord or tenant; how the ABLE Act can help your disabled client; how to handle elder abuse issues – and why self-neglect is on the rise; and much more!

Don’t miss this full-day seminar in Chicago on April 14, 2016 that offers you a basic understanding of the different types of bankruptcy, the steps to take when your debtor files bankruptcy, how to modify an automatic stay, and how to file a proof of claim. Commercial litigation lawyers, collection attorneys, bankruptcy practitioners, and attorneys working in the banking industry who attend this seminar will better understand: the practical and statutory issues to consider during the initial client interview; what happens during a Section 341 meeting; the process leading up to the confirmation hearing; the best practices for working with a Chapter 7 trustee; the trustee’s perspective of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy; how to handle pending collection and mechanics lien actions; the statutory deadlines and requirements under Section 523 and 727; how to best advocate your client’s position; and much more!

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Join us from the comfort of your home or office on April 7, 2016 for two live webcasts that were developed for general practitioners who do not ordinarily advise clients on issues involving environmental law, but who need an introductory look at these topics.

Part One - A Thumbnail Sketch of Environmental Law | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Don’t miss Part One of the Environmental Law for the General Practitioner Series, which offers a basic overview of the general principles on the application of environmental law and the interplay between state and federal agencies.