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To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar This program will provide you with a practical guide to significant changes in law, developments in planning, and proposed legislation that will impact your estate and trust practice in 2015.  The program will cover Congress’s late-2014 enactment of certain “tax extenders,” their potential impact in 2015, and proposed legislative changes to the estate and gift tax regime. The program will also...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar LLC members, partners and S Corp shareholders frequently pledge their ownership stakes as collateral to fund their businesses or for personal purposes. Taking and perfecting a security interest in an ownership stake involves a complex set of choices and processes under UCC Article 9 and Article 8, federal securities law and organizational law, each implying risk and limitations on the secured p...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar  LLCs are unique among business entities in that members have almost complete authority to alter by contract the express and implied fiduciary duties to which managers and others are subject.  Duties of loyalty, care, good faith and fair dealing and others can be reduced or, in many instances, eliminated by clear and ambiguous agreement of the parties.  There are many motivatio...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Governance of nonprofit and tax exempt organizations has only grown more challenging in recent years. Many nonprofits have had to modify their missions or merge with other organizations to survive.  Managing endowments in a climate of extreme market volatility has become more complex and risky. The IRS and state attorneys general have become more exacting in examining nonprofits and the ...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar The Uniform Commercial Code underlies virtually all commercial, business and real estate transactions in one form or another.  The UCC’s several components control not only secured asset-based lending, but also the exchange of promissory notes, the efficacy of investment securities, loan guaranties and credit assurances, equipment leasing and much more. The UCC is continually undergoing signifi...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Family Limited Partnerships and Family LLCs are among the most effective planning tools for transferring family businesses from generation to generation while reducing federal estate and gift taxes.  Among the many keys to successfully using FLPs is transferring control and obtaining a correspondingly steep discount on the valuation of the company. But the IRS frequently and aggressively c...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Nonprofit organizations frequently partner with for-profit companies to aid its mission. These joint ventures or other forms of collaboration can provide the nonprofit additional revenue, technical advice, marketing support, or other valuable services.  The nonprofit is able to further its mission and grow its activities by leveraging the resources of private industry. From the perspecti...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Family Limited Partnerships and Family LLCs are among the most effective planning tools for transferring family businesses from generation to generation while reducing federal estate and gift taxes.  Among the many keys to successfully using FLPs is transferring control and obtaining a correspondingly steep discount on the valuation of the company. But the IRS frequently and aggressively c...
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Bridge The Gap Friday, January 9 Live Charleston Marriott Hotel 170 Lockwood Blvd. Charleston, SC  REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED!! Please note: there is limited seating left for this program. If you decide to walk-in, you may not get a seat.  There will be another Bridge the Gap in March.     VIEW THE BROCHURE What is Bridge the Gap? Rule 402(c) of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules sets forth the requirements for admission to practice law ...
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    NOTE: The Charleston Site for this seminar is full! Walk-ins will not be accepted! Sites: Charleston - Charleston School of Law, 81 Mary St, Mary 101 Room Greenville - Greenville Technical College, Buck Mickel Center, 216 South Pleasantburg Dr., Room 188 Myrtle Beach - Horry-Georgetown Tech, Grand Strand Campus, 950 Crab Tree Lane, Room 601 Beaufort Site - One Beaufort Town Center, 2015 Boundary Street, Training Room    Registr...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Starting a new law firm requires extensive planning to ensure ethics compliance.  From choosing the name of the firm to conflicts clearance of new hires, starting a new firm is fraught with ethical issues.  If the firm is “virtual” in the sense of office- and resource-sharing, must clients be informed? How must attorneys instruct and supervise junior attorneys and non-attorney perso...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar In many instances, clients want to be jointly represented – in litigation, a business or commercial transaction, or in an estate planning matter. Their motivations may include a desire to save attorneys’ fees, more closely align positions and strategies in litigation or a transaction, and often a belief that no conflicts exist between the parties and thus there is no need for independent repres...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar There is an inherent tension in law practice: While scrupulously representing current clients, attorneys and their firms must vigorously seek to develop new clients and new matters – new litigations and transactions, new planning and administration work. But attorney marketing, advertising and business development are subject to a range of ethics restrictions that other marketers are not subj...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar The most common (and often financially depleting) form of estate and trust litigation is the will contest.  Disappointed beneficiaries may contest the capacity of a testator to validly make a will or may contest that a will, though properly formed, was validly executed. When a will is made by an elderly client, allegations of the exertion of undue influence by caregivers or others, or even allega...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Every aspect of estate and trust planning, lying at the fault lines of family and emotion, money and mortality, is fraught with major ethical issues for lawyers.  Couples and sometimes families will want attorneys to represent all of them, even when their interests clearly conflict.  Maintaining confidences about highly sensitive family matters is challenging, particularly when work...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar The way employees communicate with each other, their supervisors, family and friends (while on the job), and with the outside world about their companies and work has changed dramatically in the last several years.  Seemingly everyone carries smartphones in their pockets, tablets in their bags, and all of these devices are hyper-connected through text, voice, and video chat, and again through soc...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar The prevalence of technology and the sophistication of clients have caused many lawyers to have multi-jurisdictional practices, sometimes without realizing it.  In litigation, clients may have actions filed against them in another state and you might conduct discovery or pre-trial investigations across state lines.  In transactional practice, often you have to advise clien...
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      AVAILABLE VIA VIDEO SITES Aiken - USC Aiken, Business & Education Bldg., 471 University Pkwy, Room 124 Anderson - The Center of Excellence, 200 Bleckley St., Room 138 Beaufort - One Beaufort Town Center, 2015 Boundary Street, Training Room Charleston - Charleston School of Law, 81 Mary St, Mary 101 Room Florence - South Eastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 1951 Pisgah Road, Room 249 Greenville - Greenville Te...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar As the use of credit and debit cards becomes more pervasive so does their use in the payment of attorneys’ fees and case costs, and their use in funding of retainers.  Many clients are accustomed to paying their expenses, large and small, with credit cards, whether out of ease, necessity or to gain benefit from third-party rewards programs.  For lawyers and law firms there are many advantag...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Starting a new law firm requires extensive planning to ensure ethics compliance.  From choosing the name of the firm to conflicts clearance of new hires, starting a new firm is fraught with ethical issues.  If the firm is “virtual” in the sense of office- and resource-sharing, must clients be informed? How must attorneys instruct and supervise junior attorneys and non-attorney perso...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar Many closely held companies have only two potential sets of buyers – children or grandchildren of the founding generation or managers and other employees of the enterprise.  The market of third-party buyers for closely held companies can be thin, so when family members are not suitable buyers of a company, often the best solution is to sell to employees.  But sales to employees ...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar The tax considerations of real estate deals – development, ownership, and sale or like-kind exchange – are often a major component of the economics of the underlying transaction.  This is particularly so in the current climate of rising tax rates, the restriction of certain tax benefits, and where property values still have not fully stabilized.  Getting the tax piece of a deal right ...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar Many closely held companies have only two potential sets of buyers – children or grandchildren of the founding generation or managers and other employees of the enterprise.  The market of third-party buyers for closely held companies can be thin, so when family members are not suitable buyers of a company, often the best solution is to sell to employees.  But sales to employees ...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar The tax considerations of real estate deals – development, ownership, and sale or like-kind exchange – are often a major component of the economics of the underlying transaction.  This is particularly so in the current climate of rising tax rates, the restriction of certain tax benefits, and where property values still have not fully stabilized.  Getting the tax piece of a deal righ...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar Martial agreements, whether pre- or post-nuptial in form, are intended to modify the rights a spouse may have otherwise had under law. These agreements are enforceable generally unless they are not voluntary or full disclosure was not properly provided. They are also governed under law that is separate and distinct from estate and trust laws.  When clients want to use martial agreements, planners...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar To finance the operations and expansion of a business there are generally two types of loans – loans based on a company’s cash flow and loans based on its tangible or intangible assets.  With credit still tight for many companies, asset-based finance is often the only type of loan available.  Credit is based on the company’s inventory, receivables, equipment or chattel paper on a te...
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  ***Click here for more details and to register for the 2015 SC Bar Convention*** ABOUT THE CONVENTION The Bar Convention is the premier event for the legal profession in South Carolina. This four-day event offers a wealth of education and professional development opportunities comprised of more than 27 practice-specific seminars covering a diversity of topic areas. More than 1,000 attorneys, judges and legal professionals from the Palmetto State attend each year, from both large and sm...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar One of the paramount duties of attorneys is to keep client confidences. Yet, everything in the life of a lawyer and the nature of a “wired” law firm challenges those confidences.  Networks, on which client files are stored, are shared and on very public networks in ways that lawyers may not understand.  Email is pervasive – on desktops and laptops, tablets and smartphones – and is seemingl...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar To finance the operations and expansion of a business there are generally two types of loans – loans based on a company’s cash flow and loans based its tangible or intangible assets.  With credit still tight for many companies, asset-based finance is often the only type of loan available.  Credit is based on the company’s inventory, receivables, equipment or chattel paper on a term ...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar There is an inherent tension in law practice: While scrupulously representing current clients, attorneys and their firms must vigorously seek to develop new clients and new matters – new litigations and transactions, new planning and administration work. But attorney marketing, advertising and business development are subject to a range of ethics restrictions that other marketers are not subj...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar There are significant ethical issues at the beginning and at the end of every attorney-client relationship. Mismatches in expectations about communication, the scope of the representation, and fees easily lead to disappointments and ethics complaints.  Also, the prevalence of technology has manifold benefits but also ethics traps, including the “accidental” client acquired through an ema...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar The most highly negotiated provision of most transactions is price. Sellers want to maximize the value of the deal, putting the most optimistic spin on recent and projected results – revenue, income, customer or transactional growth, or other metrics.  Sellers, understandably, take a more skeptical view, questioning the sustainability of growth and the accuracy of forecasts.  When difference...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar The long-standing model of fee-for-legal service is slowly eroding as clients target legal costs and budgets for reduction.  In addition to conventional contingency fee arrangements there has been a rise in “success fees” in transactional and litigation practice.  Flat fee arrangements are increasingly common in transactional representations. But these and other more exotic arrangem...
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Probate/Estate Planning and U.S. Supreme Court Updates (CLE 6-Pack Seminar Series) Tuesday, January 27, 2015   presented by the SC Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division Live at the SC Bar Conference Center  1501 Park Street ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. YOU MAY ATTEND AS A WALK-IN (FEE IS $60). REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 3:30 PM.   REGISTRATION FEES $60 (this seminar ONLY) MCLE Credit Hours 2.0 MCLE credit hours   Wan...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar Ground leases are sophisticated contracts combining the elements of a buy/sell agreement, a conventional commercial lease, and a financing.  A landowner enters a long-term lease with a developer who constructs a building or other improvements on the land.  The developer generally finances the building, occupying it or leasing it out to other tenants, paying the landowner rent on the underlyi...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Co-counsel and referral relationships are common in law practice.  Sometimes an attorney associates on a case with another attorney with more specialized knowledge about a certain area of law to ensure competence under the ethics rules.  Litigation counsel may need “local counsel” in an out-of-market jurisdiction.  Also, lawyers just refer out business for a variety of reasons,...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Incentive trusts are a mechanism by which the settlor tries to “incentivize” or control the behavior of beneficiaries.  Settlors may want to encourage children or grandchildren to achieve certain educational milestones, maintain a job, get married or have children, or remain free of substance abuse or other risky behaviors. A beneficiary’s attainment of these behavioral benchmarks trigge...
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To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Conflicts between lawyers and their clients arise in a wide range of circumstances, not only in traditional conflicts analysis.  Transactional lawyers may have an opportunity to join in a lucrative business venture of a client.  Litigators may have differences of opinion with a client about how or when to settle a case.  Estate planners may be offered gifts in the form a beques...
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ABOTA Masters in Trial   Friday, January 30   presented by the South Carolina Chaper of the American Board of Trial Advocates   Live at the University of South Carolina School of Law Auditorium Columbia, SC Parking for Columbia attendees: there are limited parking spaces around the USC Law School (metered spaces and parking garage few blocks away). You are NOT allowed to park in the Law School Faculty Lot! A shuttle will be running from the SC Bar Conference ...
To register for this live teleseminar, please click here About the Teleseminar Disqualification standards have their roots in conflicts of interests. When an attorney has a conflict that rises to a certain level, he or she is disqualified from representing a certain party in litigation. Though ethics rules substantially overlap with disqualification standards, those standards do not follow traditional conflicts analysis in every detail.  Indeed, the relationship between confl...
To register for this live teleseminar replay, please click here About the Teleseminar Conflicts between lawyers and their clients arise in a wide range of circumstances, not only in traditional conflicts analysis.  Transactional lawyers may have an opportunity to join in a lucrative business venture of a client.  Litigators may have differences of opinion with a client about how or when to settle a case.  Estate planners may be offered gifts in the form a bequest ...