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SOLO & SMALL FIRM CONFERENCE 2015: VOLUME TWO - MOUNTAINEER SERIES-MP3 SEMINAR-(1230-16052)SOLO & SMALL FIRM CONFERENCE 2015: VOLUME TWO - MOUNTAINEER SERIES-MP3 SEMINAR-(1230-16052)
$275.00

SOLO & SMALL FIRM CONFERENCE 2015: Volume 2
Recorded September 25-26, 2015

 
 
COMMERCIAL LAW UPDATE
The Update of Commercial Law provides a general overview of selected recent and significant changes in the law affecting West Virginia lawyers with a corporate, banking and business law practice. This presentation includes cases decided during the late fall of 2014 and early 2015 by the West Virginia Supreme Court and selected federal court cases decided during that period. The Update also addresses statutes enacted by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2015 Legislative Session.
Charles D. Dunbar, Esquire
Jackson Kelly, PLLC – Charleston, WV
 
ELDER LAW UPDATE
This presentation will provide an overview of Medicaid basics and Medicaid planning, including:
- Personal care contracts
- The married couple:  Protecting the community spouse
- Ways to reduce excess available assets without causing Medicaid    disqualification
- Transfer of assets
- Protecting the homestead and other real estate
Gerald W. Townsend, Esquire
Fluharty & Townsend – Parkersburg, WV
 
FAMILY LAW UPDATE
This presentation discusses the  United States Supreme Court Obergefell case legalizing same sex marriage; the impact of legislative updates and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals cases over the last 12 months; and how to stay current with your family law practice will be addressed.
Andrew S. Nason, Esquire
Pepper and Nason – Charleston, WV

UPDATE ON EVIDENCE
A little over a year ago, the WV Supreme Court of Appeals amended the Evidence Rules. Don't get caught short in your next trial. Learn what the new rules are all about.
Professor Marjorie A. McDiarmid
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV
 
AMENDMENTS TO THE FEDERAL CIVIL PROCEDURE ADOPTED TO IMPROVE COOPERATION, JUDICIAL CASE MANAGEMENT, AND THE PROPORTIONAL USE OF DISCOVERY
This session will examine amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2015.
Amy M. Smith, Esquire
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC - Bridgeport, WV
 
SUGGESTIONS FOR OPERATING AND MARKETING A SMALL FIRM
EFFICIENTLY, AND ON A BUDGET
More than 75% of all West Virginia lawyers practice in firms of five or fewer lawyers.  Ethically advertising and marketing your firm is mandatory under the Professional Rules of Conduct.  This presentation will provide tips on how small firms can ethically and economically market their practice in the new world of social media.
J. Burton Hunter, III, Esquire
J. Burton Hunter, III & Associates, PLLC – Buckhannon, WV

UPDATE ON THE NEW AMENDMENTS TO THE WEST VIRGINIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND OTHER LEGAL ISSUES
On January 1, 2015, significant amendments were made to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct, by order of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals. Nearly every Rule of Professional Conduct and/or official comment has been amended. This presentation will highlight the impact of these new rules and other ethical issues.
Rachael L. Fletcher Cipoletti, Chief Lawyer
West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel - Charleston, WV
 
EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE
Protecting your injured client's job while they recover is possible. Learn their rights under FMLA and disability law.  
Jane E. Peak, Esquire
Allan N. Karlin & Associates, Attorneys at Law – Morgantown, WV
 
SO YOU THINK THAT THERE ARE NO GAPS IN YOUR
LEGAL MALPRACTICE COVERAGE? THINK AGAIN!
This lecture addresses the background of "claims made” legal malpractice insurance policies and the pitfalls or gaps in such policies that may lead to an uncovered claim. Specifically, the lecture discusses the conditions precedent to a covered claim; sample coverage clauses in typical policies; West Virginia and other case law addressing the timeliness of reporting such claims;retroactive and prior acts coverage for lawyers moving from one law firm to another; tail coverage for retiring lawyers or dissolving law firms; defense costs and deductible issues; and, other exclusions from coverage, such as representing family members, non-fee paying clients, and service on non-profit and for-profit boards of directors.
Gerard R. Stowers, Esquire
Bowles Rice – Charleston, WV

This seminar is accredited for 9.5 WV MCLE credits, including 4.2 Ethics/L.O.M. credits.

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