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Answer Bar: Dealing with Mineral Rights in Estate Planning and Probate

Session 1: The Collision Between Real Estate and Elder Law - Elder law and real estate attorneys prepare documents from different points of view and for different purposes. Explore the different perspectives and learn to solve issues that can arise when dealing with these differences. Session 2: Dealing with Mineral Rights: A Practitioners Guide to Oil and Gas - Learn the basics of oil and gas, including mineral rights, royalties, and executive rights, while dealing with Texas issues and problems in probate, trust, elder care, and other areas. Session 3: Drafting Wills and Trusts for Efficient Administration - Hear a panel of corporate trustee's discuss how they administer the wills and trusts we draft and what they would like to see in our documents. Learn what to do if a beneficiary is pushing too much. Session 4: She Updated Her Forms, and You Won’t BELIEVE What Happens Next - The legislature meets, a judge writes an opinion, and — OMG! We have new laws to deal with! Find out the SEVEN things you NEED to add to your forms RIGHT NOW! Session 5: 10 Pesky Probate Problems - Hear 10 tips for new (and not so new) practitioners addressing various problems which arise during the probate process, such as dealing with collection agencies, taking control of estate property from those without authority, properly allocating rights and liabilities associated with jointly owned property, dealing with the IRS, and other “pesky” problems. Session 6: Probate Procedures & Alternatives - A discussion of whom you represent, fee considerations, options and alternatives to probating a will, what to consider when there is no will, what to look for when reviewing a will, the mechanics of getting to the probate hearing, default and lost will issues, and issues in administering a simple estate. Comprehensive forms will also be provided. Session 7: Deed Drafting in Estate Planning and Probate Contexts - Using the correct deed for a client is essential to prevent future problems. Distinguish the various deeds and which deed is correct in the estate planning or probate context. Session 8: Individual Fiduciaries Gone Wild - Executors, trustees, and other fiduciaries own the highest duties known to law and are held to strict standards of conduct. Explore the inherent risks of serving as an executor or trustee and hear suggestions for fiduciary risk management, defending breach of fiduciary duty claims, and related causes of action. Hear tips for advising clients on the appointment fiduciaries in an attempt to avoid future fiduciary litigation. more »

Total Credit Hours:
5.75 | 0.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Answer Bar: Going to Trial on an Employment Law Case

Session 1: Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints - The investigation of an employee's complaint may be critical to an employer's only means of avoiding liability. The investigator may be a witness, and the notes may be evidence. Learn how to investigate and document the process. Session 2: The TRO Process Explained - The temporary injunction hearing is the key moment in non-compete enforcement. Get practical tips on what you need to establish, and specifically what constitutes imminent irreparable harm. Session 3: Fight at the TI Corral - The temporary injunction (TI) fight is an essential step in non-compete litigation, but it comes early in the process and litigants can get caught unprepared! Many lawyers express that a case may be won or lost at this early stage.  How does this hearing differ from the TRO hearing? What should litigants do to prepare for success at this critical hearing? What are the anticipated issues and arguments? Learn how to avoid the traps and set yourself up for an effective litigation. Session 4: Trade Secrets: Texas Law and the New Federal Legislation - An in-depth look at the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act and new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, and what they mean for your business. Session 5: Taking Depositions in Business Cases - Strategies for deposition-taking in business cases, including who to depose first, deposing corporate executives, and how to make sure you have the testimony you need in a complex business case. Session 6: Taking the Deposition of a Corporate Representative - Review of the rules and a discussion about practical ways to maximize testimony from a corporate representative. Session 7: Nuts and Bolts When Deposing on Behalf of the Plaintiff - When representing the Plaintiff: essential steps for a successful deposition of defendant’s expert, a witness or the defendant. Session 8: Beating the Expert - Find out how to take an expert’s deposition—how to avoid being intimidated and how to set realistic, attainable goals when you depose the "expert." Session 9: Developing Your Trial Cross Through the Adverse Deposition - Discover effective techniques for getting the answers you need from an adverse witness. Session 10: Witness Preparation - Witnesses win cases—and lose them. Learn how to keep your witness from giving it all up in a deposition and how to use the deposition to help prepare your witness to be a winner at trial. Session 11: What's New in Seeking, Getting, and Using Discovery - Learn what you need to know about keeping up with advances in electronic discovery, social media, and changes to the state and federal rules. Session 12: Communication with Adverse Parties - How can communicating with adverse parties minimize or maximize your effectiveness as an advocate, affect client service, and impact staff morale? It is not uncommon for the lofty ideals of legal professionalism to fade alongside the more instinctive goal of winning for our clients by using words or actions to crush our opponents. But using words to unnecessarily embarrass or demean can change how others perceive you, affect the willingness of your opponent to cooperate, and most importantly, may violate the rules of professionalism. Review the rules that speak to how we communicate with adverse parties, and the practical consequences of ignoring those rules. Session 13: Bad Lawyering Caught on Tape - An entertaining and educational review of some of the best deposition misconduct tapes found online. As you watch video clips documenting attorneys who mistreat others, discredit themselves and mock their licenses, explore better ways to maintain decorum and ethical conduct. Armed with the Texas Disciplinary Rules and Lawyer's Creed, sort through what happened, what it means and how you can be different. Session 14: Lawyer Disqualification: Recent Developments & Practical Tips - Motions to disqualify counsel continue to proliferate. Consequences can be severe for lawyers and clients. The client can lose counsel of choice, and the lawyer can lose the client and potentially face liability claims and disciplinary problems. Review recent disqualification decisions and discuss practical tips for litigating disqualification motions. more »

Total Credit Hours:
8.50 | 1.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Answer Bar: How to Survive a Criminal Appeal

Session 1: Appellate Tips from the Experts - Get a view from both sides of the criminal bar with practical tips on how appellate advocates and appellate courts can make their briefs and opinions interesting, easier to understand, and less likely to inflame the opposing side or losing party. Session 2: Mandamus - Discuss Texas mandamus law in criminal cases, and explore how the cases are litigated at the appellate level. Session 3: Pretrial Writs: Tips from Both Sides of the Aisle - Learn how to raise, litigate, and defend pretrial writs from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. Session 4: False Evidence, Actual Innocence, and 11.073 Writs - Analyze legal issues in actual innocence claims, with particular focus on false evidence leading to wrongful convictions and wrongful convictions based on invalid scientific testimony. Session 5: A Guide To Art. 11.07 Writs of Habeas Corpus and Other State Writs - Hear procedures, issues, and do’s and don’ts pertaining to Article 11.07 and other State writs. Session 6: Nuts and Bolts—Emerging Issues in PDRs - Gain a working knowledge of the procedural rules, optimal structure, and strategies needed to successfully pursue discretionary review, and familiarize yourself with emerging legal issues and trends in the Court of Criminal Appeals. Session 7: The Court’s Charge: Was it Right? Did it Hurt? - Examine jury charge issues that commonly cause error on appeal, including lesser-included offense instructions. Session 8: Michael Morton Act and Brady on Appeal - Explore how to raise and defend disclosure issues in a post-Michael Morton Act world. Session 9: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel - Review how to investigate, develop, and prosecute the most important type of claim in post-conviction litigation, and explore some of the fundamental legal principles associated with it. Session 10: Motions For New Trial - Examine motions for new trial and the rare opportunity they provide to change the course of a conviction or sentence, or alternatively, to develop a better record on appeal. Session 11: Ethics for Post-Conviction Lawyers - Examine the ethical considerations facing attorneys in post-conviction representation. more »

Total Credit Hours:
8.75 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Answer Bar: LLCs and Partnerships Formation

Session 1: 2017 Case Law Update - A survey of Texas and federal cases involving LLCs and partnerships, including LLPs and limited partnerships, and current developments with respect to fiduciary duties and piercing the veil of limited liability entities. Session 2: 2017 Texas Legislative Update - Hear a summary of legislation adopted in the 2017 Texas Legislature that affects partnerships and LLCs and selected other entity-related bills. Session 3: 2017 Secretary of State Update - Discover filing tips, including administrative issues, from the Office of the Secretary of State. Session 4: "Hello"—Inadvertent Partnerships - Partnerships can arise through the conduct of parties. Explore what makes a relationship a partnership and what to do to avoid partnership characterization. Session 5: Effective Engagement Letters and Other Simple Risk-Management Tools - Keeping the client reasonably informed is required under the Texas disciplinary rules of professional conduct, and doing so is good risk management. Examine how effective engagement letters, disengagement letters, and other communications keep the client reasonably informed and engaged, while helping to control the client’s expectations, promoting effective risk management, and reducing the likelihood of legal malpractice claims. Session 6: Model Company Agreements - Walk through refinements to the model agreements for simple limited liability companies, including modifications related to the recent legislative changes to the Texas Business Organizations Code. Session 7: New Partnership Audit Rules—Update and Drafting Considerations - Hear the essentials for drafting new audit rules after the proposed regulations and other developments. Understand how the rules work and what to look for, how the IRS will apply the rules, and how to draft partnership and company agreements with the flexibility to avoid renegotiating and redrafting. Session 8: "Good Bye"—Buy-Outs or Exits - All good (and not so good) things must come to an end.  When owners of an LLC or partnership are ready to part ways, what does one want in the Company Agreement/Partnership Agreement in order to facilitate an orderly exit by the departing owners? Session 9: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - Engage in a practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms. more »

Total Credit Hours:
7.50 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Answer Bar: Navigating an International Energy Project

Session 1: Overview of an International Energy Project Lifecycle - An overview of a typical international energy project lifecycle from development through decommissioning. Session 2: Petroleum Engineering: Conventional Hydrocarbons - How do we physically explore for, develop and produce hydrocarbons? As lawyers, we must have an understanding of the fundamentals of petroleum activities to accurately draft agreements and effectively provide counsel to energy industry clients. An introduction to different types of offshore and onshore drilling and production systems including FPSOs (floating, production, storage and off-loading vessels) and TLPs (tension-leg platforms). Typical liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facilities (liquefaction, regasification and pipelines) are discussed, with coverage of "high-level" drilling and production facilities and operation cost estimates. Session 3: Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources - An overview of the geology and geophysics of unconventional hydrocarbon resources including shale. An introduction to the petroleum engineering techniques required to develop and produce these resources. Session 4: Host Country Instruments (HCIs) - A look at the legal regimes used globally for buying, selling, exploring, developing and producing hydrocarbons, including Concession or Royalty/Tax, Production Sharing, Risk Service Agreements and so-called "hybrids;" with a discussion of basic natural resource ownership/title concepts and provisions of various HCIs, including key fiscal and non-fiscal terms. Session 5: International Energy Project Economics - This session is designed to provide a lawyer the basics of energy project economics "101" so that they can better work with their energy industry clients to develop legal options in various deal scenarios that are also "economic." Hear an examination of how we develop project economic models to calculate investor rates of return and other key economic indicators by using facility and operation cost estimates, revenue estimates and Host Country Instrument provisions. The role of "risk analysis" in developing project models and the concept of leverage and how it can impact project economics also is considered. Session 6: Co-Venture Formation and Agreements - Leverage and risk allocation are two factors that frequently lead most international energy projects to be undertaken by more than one co-venture party. This session covers the most common arrangements by which parties acquire interests in energy projects including farmins, farmouts, participation agreements and swaps, with coverage of the fundamental provisions of typical co-venture Joint/Unit Operating Agreements (JOAs) using the AIPN model form as a basis. Session 7: Co-Venture Economics: The Power of Leverage - A discussion of the economic inflection points that occur over the life of an upstream project. Participants work through examples of typical commercial arrangements for farmins and co-venture risk-sharing. Session 8: Co-Venture Operations - Getting into a co-venture can seem easy compared to operating a successful co-venture. This session looks at operational provisions within the industry joint operating agreement framework, including management decision-making and contracting. Session 9: The Globalization of Anti-Corruption - Discussion of risk-based global programs including integrating compliance into the business, analysis of the program through the lens of core program building blocks, using technology to mitigate risk and screen third parties, and keeping up with global legal developments. Session 10: Anti-Corruption Drafting -  Session 11: Ethics and Professionalism in a Global Environment - Ethics and professionalism are being influenced by many factors in today’s global environment. Consider some of these factors, along with areas of commonality amongst the legal ethics rules from a sampling of jurisdictions. more »

Total Credit Hours:
9.00 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Answer Bar: Taking on the Car Crash Client

Session 1: A Day in the Life of a Car Wreck Defense Lawyer - Discussion about the laundry list of issues that the car wreck defense lawyer can expect to address in a typical day. Session 2: Case Selection-Rejection and How to Manage Client Expectations - Listen to a discussion about what factors go into deciding to accept or reject a case, how to make a case rejection a win/win, and how to manage your practice in terms of client expectations. Session 3: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims - Learn strategies to present and defend uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. Session 4: Subrogation and Liens - Examine the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, workers' comp, hospital liens, state employees, local employees, and disability plans. Focus on safeguards created by a state law which protects first party and portions of third party recoveries from many insured plans. Session 5: Medical Records - Who is looking for what and why? Learn to analyze, understand, and use medical records to increase pre‑litigation settlement values. Session 6: Negotiating with the Insurance Adjuster - Learn how to maximize case value through preparation and presentation of the demand package. Session 7: The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Client Management - Analyze the ethical quandaries of client intake, case selection, and client communications. Learn how to manage healthy and unhealthy client relationships, setting expectations for clients, and withdrawing from bad relationships. more »

Total Credit Hours:
4.25 | 1.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Answer Bar: Taking Your Car Crash Case to Trial

Session 1: Accident Reconstruction Deconstructed - Technology and resources available today can allow post-accident physical evidence to resolve many fact disputes about how an incident happened, who was at fault, and reveal potential gross negligence facts. Learn what top experts can do for the right case, what the law allows you to do with this information, and what reconstruction resources are available for more modest value cases. Session 2: Storytelling and Themes - Listen to an experienced practitioner share his stories and experiences on voir dire, trial themes, and opening and closing arguments. Session 3: A View from the Bench - Hear guidance on how to handle jury trials, with emphasis on what needs to be done to ensure the jury is on your side. Session 4: Developing a Winning Deposition Strategy - Learn the fail-safe tricks to ensure you have a winning strategy at depositions. Session 5: Deposition Lessons Learned the Hard Way - Learn how depositions can make or break your case. Session 6: Interactive Demonstration: Deposition How-To's - Identify problems, ask questions, and discuss the tricks and tips of the day! Session 7: Nuts and Bolts When Deposing on Behalf of the Plaintiff - When representing the Plaintiff: essential steps for a successful deposition of defendant’s expert, a witness or the defendant. Session 8: Overcoming the Problem Witness - Acquire the techniques to use against problem witnesses, including those who feign ignorance, are evasive, and are combative. Session 9: Beating the Expert - Find out how to take an expert’s deposition—how to avoid being intimidated and how to set realistic, attainable goals when you depose the "expert." Session 10: Developing Your Trial Cross Through the Adverse Deposition - Discover effective techniques for getting the answers you need from an adverse witness. Session 11: Witness Preparation - Witnesses win cases—and lose them. Learn how to keep your witness from giving it all up in a deposition and how to use the deposition to help prepare your witness to be a winner at trial. Session 12: Dealing with Combative and Unscrupulous Lawyers - How to avoid intimidation and manage the disruptive, disreputable, and overly zealous lawyer in an ethical, civil, and professional manner. more »

Total Credit Hours:
7.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Answer Bar: Young Attorney Challenges (Ethics)

Session 1: Life and the Law: Ethical Issues Facing the Young Lawyer - Explore the potholes and sharp curves that await the beginning trial lawyer on the road to a successful litigation practice, through the characters and plot of a recently published novel about a young personal injury lawyer practicing in Houston. Session 2: Attorneys in the Hot Seat: Problems and Solutions - Explore selected recurring problem areas for lawyers, consider how the ethics rules may apply, and hear suggestions for real estate lawyers. Session 3: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - Listen to a practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms. Session 4: Technology and Ethics - Hear an overview of lawyers’ ethical obligations—and tips on avoiding potential ethical pitfalls—with respect to the technology we all use. Session 5: Taking Care of Ourselves: Lessons in Work–Life Balance and Self-Care - In a high-stress profession, everyone is vulnerable to destructive habits harmful to ourselves and our clients. Hear a candid discussion about the reality of risk to the profession and anecdotal tips for changing the statistics. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.00 | 3.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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eSupplement to the 25th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Session 1: Bad Lawyering Caught on Tape - An entertaining and educational review of some of the best deposition misconduct tapes found online. As you watch video clips documenting attorneys who mistreat others, discredit themselves and mock their licenses, explore better ways to maintain decorum and ethical conduct. Armed with the Texas Disciplinary Rules and Lawyer's Creed, sort through what happened, what it means and how you can be different. Session 2: The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Client Management - Analyze the ethical quandaries of client intake, case selection, and client communications. Learn how to manage healthy and unhealthy client relationships, setting expectations for clients, and withdrawing from bad relationships. Session 3: Texas Civil Procedure Update - Examine recent judicial decisions affecting Texas litigation practice, including proposed modifications to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Review highlights from the accompanying comprehensive review of recent case law—designed to be a handy reference tool for practitioners. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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$75  

eSupplement to the 28th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Session 1: Legal Writing: Clearly, Using Intensifiers is Literally a Crime - Intensifiers (clearly, obviously, blatantly) show up in briefs from time to time. But are they persuasive, and if not, what can you do instead? Session 2: The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Client Management - Analyze the ethical quandaries of client intake, case selection, and client communications. Learn how to manage healthy and unhealthy client relationships, setting expectations for clients, and withdrawing from bad relationships. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 0.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Managing Your Success: Practice Management at the Next Level Bonus eCourse

Session 1: Bad Lawyering Caught on Tape - An entertaining and educational review of some of the best deposition misconduct tapes found online. As you watch video clips documenting attorneys who mistreat others, discredit themselves and mock their licenses, explore better ways to maintain decorum and ethical conduct. Armed with the Texas Disciplinary Rules and Lawyer's Creed, sort through what happened, what it means and how you can be different. Session 2: The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Client Management - Analyze the ethical quandaries of client intake, case selection, and client communications. Learn how to manage healthy and unhealthy client relationships, setting expectations for clients, and withdrawing from bad relationships. Session 3: All You Need Is Love! Camaraderie and Professionalism - Be courteous, respectful, and civil—and do try to get along with your colleagues. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50 | 1.50 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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eSupplement to the 2018 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Session 1: The Law is Not Blind: The Danger of Biases in the Legal System - From the case of Adnan Syed, made popular in the podcast Serial, to DNA testing, to national security law, to civil litigation, cognitive and implicit biases impact and influence every aspect of the judicial system. What can officers of the law, from police to attorneys to judges, do to protect equal application of the law, to ensure that Lady Justice is truly blind? Session 2: From Parties to Presidents: Dealing With Decision-Maker Commentary - Explore the use of off-the-job social media statements by decision-makers to demonstrate unlawful animus. Hear an in-depth examination of the legal standards for direct evidence and the stray remark doctrine along with potential strategies for rehabilitating compromised decision-makers. Session 3: Pleasing the Court - Judges have opinions about legal writing too.  Hear the best advice collected from a variety of judicial sources about what judges do and don’t like in legal writing.   more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.75 | 0.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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2016 Hot Topics in Tax Law: 385 Regulations, Goodwill, Personal Liability, Cancellation of Debt, and Family Limited Partnerships

Session 1: Traps and Pitfalls of the New Section 385 Regulations - The Section 385 regulations are a sea-change event that will have profound impact given the three-year presumptions contained in the regulations and that they broadly apply to many deleveraging transactions and create a presumption of linkage. Explore the impact of Section 385 on debt pushdown strategies, potential workarounds to those impacts, scope limitations of the Section 385 regulations that define “tainted” debt versus “clean” debt, and the collateral damage of the Section 385 regulations to unanticipated situations. Session 2: Distinguishing and Planning around Individual Goodwill - Practitioners and appraisers once dismissed distinguishing and planning around "individual goodwill" as far from serious. Now the practice is increasingly accepted and is in widespread use in ways which are, in fact, only a step or two away from negligence, if not fraud. Review these concepts and their limits, especially as they relate to structuring and restructuring around corporate lockup of built-in gains. Session 3: Personal Liability for Corporate Tax Assessments - It’s your client’s worst nightmare. After serving as an officer, a director, or in some cases, an employee of a failed business, there’s a knock on the door. It’s from a sheriff serving a lawsuit alleging the client is personally liable for his or her employer's unpaid Texas taxes. Learn the laws that impose personal liability and how best to defend against it. Session 4: Cancellation of Debt - Explore how the downturn in the energy industry has made COD issues of more frequent concern, as have issues arising in connection with restructuring of debt obligations of partnerships and LLCs. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.50 | 0.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Avoiding Tax Malpractice

Tax practitioners are continuously confronted with potential potholes and landmines when preparing tax returns for and advising a client with regard to tax matters. Hear a discussion of the malpractice landscape for attorney and CPA tax practitioners with a focus on identifying risks and steps that may be taken to avoid exposure. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Civil and Criminal Employment Tax Enforcement—Employers Beware

The Department of Justice Tax Division and the IRS have once again elevated employment tax non-compliance to the top of their priority lists. Examine the government’s approach to businesses and individuals that fail to pay employment tax. Hear a discussion about IRS early action employment tax initiative, including often unexpected consequences of early IRS contact. Explore Professional Employer Organization certification, as well as the major risks and traps for the unwary in trust fund recover penalty investigations that may lead to and support a criminal prosecution. In addition to criminal investigations regarding employment tax matters, learn about injunctions which can actually result in a much shorter path to jail than a traditional criminal prosecution. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Coverage and Indemnification Tips and Tricks

Session 1: Corporate Policyholders’ Most Common Insurance Questions and How to Answer Them - A discussion of issues important to in-house counsel clients—policy placement and possible enhancements to the company’s insurance program; when, how or when not to provide notice to the insurance carrier; analyzing and responding to reservation of rights or denial letters; whether the company has the right to choose its own lawyer to defend it in litigated matters; and litigation strategies against the insurer and related third parties.   Session 2: How to Get Dough Out of Insurance Companies: Tactics and Tricks of the Trade - A discussion of critical tactics and strategies for getting insurance companies to pay on a variety of claims. Learn the differences in approach as to different lines of coverage, based on the varied experiences of the panelists, such as first-party property, automobile liability and underinsured/uninsured motorists coverage, general liability and professional liability. The use of settlement agreements in liability cases that push the limits of Gandy and Lennar is also addressed.   Session 3: Insurer Duty to Indemnify: Before Judgment or Settlement? - For decades, an insurer knew it had no duty to indemnify, if it had no duty to defend. The Texas Supreme Court, however, upended that well-settled issue in D.R. Horton-Tex., Ltd. v. Markel Int’l Ins. Co., meaning that insurers who have properly denied a defense may have to make difficult coverage decisions when an insured demands indemnity for a settlement or a judgment. Based on recent Supreme Court precedent, may a court rule on the duty to indemnify prior to judgment or settlement? more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.25 | 0.25 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Crime and Marriage

What are the tax implications of crime on the family tax return? What is the impact of criminal gain by one partner in a marriage? Should a spouse have known the money was tainted? Is there an innocent spouse aspect to this? Consider these questions and more. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 0.75 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Data Security, Client Confidences, and Ethics Rules Applicable to the Protection of Client Information

Tax practitioners hold the keys—literally and figuratively—to some of their clients' most sensitive personal and financial information. Protecting this information has always been of paramount concern for practitioners and for the IRS. Explore the legal and regulatory context for the issue of data security from an ethics perspective. What do the ethics rules, including ABA Model Rule 1.6, require of practitioners in the area of data security and what are the consequences of violating those rules? more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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Domestic Tax Issues for Oil & Gas

Session 1: Back to Basics: Oil and Gas Tax Fundamentals - An exploration of oil and gas tax basics including the concept of economic interest, the pool of capital doctrine, G&G, IDC, depletion, production payments and application of like kind exchanges in oil and gas transactions.   Session 2: Property and Tax Issues in Fracking - A look at how current property and tax law for oil and gas operations is being applied (or not) to nonconventional horizontal drilling, including property access issues, the application of section 614, and more. What are tax practitioners thinking about, and wrestling with, in applying existing law to this new technology?   Session 3: Purchase and Sale Transactions - Using the federal and state tax provisions from a publicly-available purchase and sale agreement, the panel illustrates the tax issues present in an oil and gas property purchase and sale. Those issues include the allocation of purchase price among the various oil and gas properties, any equipment on those properties, any G&G acquired or other assets, and other uses in the agreement for the allocations; the determination of the amount realized on the purchase and sale when the effective date and closing date are different; representations and warranties in the purchase and sale agreement regarding payment of taxes; allocation of tax responsibility for state and local taxes such as ad valorem tax and sales tax; and purchases and sales involving properties that are held in tax partnerships. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.25    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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$145  

Employer Liability for Independent Contractor Injury

Review the general case law that addresses employer liability for independent contractor injury under the common law and under the Texas Owner’s Liability Act (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Chap. 95).  Particular attention is paid to two cases that are now in front of the Texas Supreme Court, Joeris and Torres. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2019

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$55  

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