2018 Fee Arbitration Roundtable – November 7, 2018

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The Client Relations Committee would like to invite new and seasoned arbitrators to attend the 2018 Fee Arbitrator Roundtable event. Interested in arbitrating? Come see what it’s all about!!

Please join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, for Fee Arbitrator Training. The topics to discuss will include

  • Detection and Analysis of Bill Padding  Issues
  • Statute of Limitation Issues
  • Fee Agreement: Void, Voidable, or Otherwise Unenforceable?
  • Determination of Reasonable Fee
  • How to Address Malpractice Claims

Cost: This event is free for all SMCBA members and $25 for non-members.  Please register for the event by logging into your SMCBA profile. If you wish to pay by check, please send your check payable to SMCBA, to 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Heena Khangura . *Note the space is limited, please RSVP asap. A $40 late fee will be charged if you RSVP after 10/30/2018. 

Lunch and three hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.

FLS – Family Law and Probate Cross-Over Issues – Nov. 9th

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, November 9, 2018, for a presentation on Family Law and Probate Cross-Over Issues by Melissa R. Karlsten and Tomasene A. Knight.

Death and incapacity during a dissolution or legal separation raises many complex issues, including the determination of a party’s capacity to divorce, asset management during the dissolution, appointing a guardian ad litem for an incapacitated party, determining proper jurisdiction and/or litigating divorce proceedings to conclusion following the death of a party, navigating interactions between dissolution and conservatorship proceedings, divorce as an estate planning tool, and complicated family dynamics. Ms. Karlsten and Ms. Knight will discuss these various cross over issues between death and incapacity and divorce.

Melissa R. Karlsten is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, and has been practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust Law, Probate Law, and Family Law since 2002. The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Karlsten as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. She has also trained as a mediator. Ms. Karlsten was a co-author of When Death and Divorce Collide, published in the Trust and Estate Quarterly in Spring 2005, and presents regularly on cross-over issues between probate law and family law. She is a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, is currently on the Board of Directors, and served as President of the San Mateo County Barristers Association in 2007. Ms. Karlsten is the former Chair of the San Mateo County Women Lawyers Section. Ms. Karlsten also serves on the California Lawyers Association’s Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, working to better inform the public and trust and estate practitioners.

Tomasene A. Knight is an Associate Attorney at Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC in Redwood City.  Ms. Knight’s practice focuses on family law, estate planning, trust and estate administration, conservatorships, and trust and estate litigation. Ms. Knight represents individuals and fiduciaries in a wide range of matters in probate courts across the Bay Area. Ms. Knight also represents clients in their estate planning, as well as throughout trust and probate administrations. Ms. Knight’s family law practice includes the drafting and negotiation of nuptial agreements as well as all aspects of complex dissolution matters. Because of her dual experience practicing in both trust & estate law and family law, including where family law issues cross over with conservatorship, incapacity, elder abuse, and probate matters, Ms. Knight is also experienced at obtaining the appointment of and representing guardians ad litem for incapacitated parties in family law matters, as well as the conservators for conservatees who are parties to family law matters.

Cost: $45 for section members and $55 for non-section members.

Registration: Please login on the SMCBA website to register for this event.

If you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to SMCBA and send to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Barbara Guzman or bring a check with you to the event. *Please note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

One hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.

Funky Credit Day XXIV – January 25, 2019

Funky Credit Day XXIV – January 25, 2019

The Funky Credit Day Program is held each year for members of The State Bar of California who are actively practicing law. Attorneys are required to complete a total of 25 hours of approved credit every three years, which include credits on ethics as well as competence issues, such as substance abuse and mental health.

Although everyone is welcome to attend this program, we would like to remind you that MCLE Group 1 (A-G) has a deadline of 2/1/2019 to report their MCLE to the State Bar. MCLE Group 3 (N-Z) must report their credits by 2/1/20, and MCLE Group 2 (H-M) has a deadline of 2/1/2021.

This upcoming year, the Funky Credit Day event will offer 7 hours of MCLE (4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Substance/Competence Issues, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias, and 1 hour of General Law). You are welcome to register now!

It’s never too early to start accumulating your MCLE credits!