It's tax season and by now you and your clients should have received 1099s for settlements and judgments from last year. These forms are often misunderstood and raise many questions, especially regarding their implications for the taxation of attorneys' fees. In this session, you will have the opportunity to have your own questions about 1099s answered and to learn from issues other NACA members are facing regarding these forms.
Consumer Attorneys frequently encounter a specific set of Ethics dilemmas that are unique to consumer cases. Unlike the typically broad, sweeping Ethics Overview CLE, this interactive online course is designed specifically with the Consumer Attorney in mind. Ethics expert and Director of Litigation at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Stephen Gardner will cover four pressing ethics areas for consumer law practitioners.
One of the most important things that you can do for struggling homeowners facing foreclosure is to help them understand and accept the feasibility of keeping their home. These conversations can be very difficult but they are an essential early step in any foreclosure prevention case. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss how to work with clients dealing with foreclosure to assess the best long-term solutions, including loan modification.
According to the Department of Education, more than one trillion dollars is owed by student borrowers and nearly seven million borrowers are in default. Student loan borrowers are looking for relief, yet many lawyers choose not to take student loan cases because they believe that most student loan cases are really just bankruptcy cases in disguise. Knowing when and when not to recommend bankruptcy is crucial for successfully resolving student loan debt cases.
Whether they are confused, scared, or just plain dishonest, sometimes clients don’t tell the truth. In this webinar, you will learn what ethical choices and responsibilities a lawyer may face upon learning that a client has lied either to the lawyer, in non-litigation documents, or to a tribunal.
Legal ethics is a minefield for the unwary lawyer. The program will address common ethics issues that arise in handling consumer matters, including whether one can ethically suggest that a client record telephone calls, issues raised in representing multiple consumers against a single defendant, defendants' efforts to keep information and settlement terms confidential, and ethical requirements when communicating with potential clients. In addition, the program will address recent ethics opinions that may affect consumer-litigation on both an individual and a class basis.
This webinar will discuss “Imposter Scams,” one of the top scams hitting consumers this year. In these scams, con artists pretend to call from government offices, well-known businesses, or other trusted sources and convince consumers to give money or personal information. The webinar will highlight some of the popular impersonator schemes that are most likely to defraud low-income and diverse communities and will provide practical advice to help consumers contacting your offices about these scams. The webinar will also include other updates from the Federal Trade Commission.
Many consumer protection cases are litigated under fee-shifting laws. If you prevail on behalf of the consumer in your case, you may be able to recover attorney fees from the other side. Many consumer protection attorneys are well versed on the substantive law that allows them to prevail on behalf of their clients. This webinar discusses the next step: how to prepare for and conduct an evidentiary hearing to ethically increase your chances of recovering the full amount of attorney fees to which you may be entitled.
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), experts in communicating with English language learners and people with low literacy levels, will share how to write for your clients in ways they will understand. CAL taught the FTC how to think and write for lower-level readers, resulting in consumer.gov; this webinar will give you many of the same strategies and tools to help you communicate more effectively for your audience.
The structure of fee agreements plays a significant role in the taxation of attorney’s fees. The Supreme Court has held that traditional contingency-fee agreements constitute impermissible assignments of taxable income ("fruit") from clients to their attorneys.