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  • November, 18th 2020 – Webinar: Elder Law Wills & Estate Administration

    Join GLSA as it presents

    Ken Vercammen of Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C.

    On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 11AM PT.

    Register here

    Webinar ID: 985 9611 2546
    Passcode: 918376

    WE’LL BE COVERING THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

  • ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE
  • ELDER LAW
  • NEW IDEAS TO EXPAND & EXCEL YOUR PRACTICE THE ETHICAL WAY
  • Webinar: How are US citizens granted legal protection and how does the system of Legal Plans work in the United States?

    GLSA is excited to announce the following event, as our collaboration with LPI grows.  Please join us!

     

    Invitation: LPI Webinar on Friday 25 September 2020, 16h00 CEST (10am US Eastern time zone)

    Legal Protection International aisbl cordially invites you to its

    Webinar:

    How are US citizens granted legal protection and

    how does the system of Legal Plans work in the United States?

    Legal Protection Insurance and Legal Plans both aim to ensure high quality and affordable access to justice for consumers, but they function and operate differently. Understand how citizens in the United States sign up to a Legal Plan, who the beneficiaries are, what the role of attorneys is, and what Legal Plans cost!

    Attend the LPI Webinar with

    Brian Caron, President of the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA)

    Friday, 25 September 2020

    16h00-16h45 CEST (10.00am-10.45am Eastern US time)

    Agenda:

    • About GLSA
    • Data of the US Legal Plans market
    • How Legal Plans work and what they cover
    • The beneficiaries
    • How Legal Plans are regulated
    • Differences between Legal Plans and Legal Insurance
    • Questions & Answers

    Join the Webinar and follow the instructions: click here

     

  • Webinar: Which States are Puff, Puff, Passing Marijuana-Related Laws and How Can Companies Stay Compliant

     

    With the proliferation of marijuana laws throughout the United States, employers can be left wondering whether they can still drug test employees, what to do if an employee tests positive for marijuana in a state where medicinal marijuana is legal, and whether they must accommodate employee’s off-duty use of marijuana. 

    Join GLSA as it presents

    Janell Stanton of Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd

    on August 20, 2020 at 2pm central

    Agenda:

    1. Types of legalization

    2. State marijuana law overview

    3. Rights of medical/recreational marijuana users

    4. Case studies

    Take a look at the webinar down below: 

     

  • Webinar: Ethical Implications of Law Office Technology for the Small & Solo Practitioner

    What are the Nine Most Important Words in the Profession of Law?

    Professional Responsiblity Rule 1.1:

    “A lawyer should keep abreast of changes in technology.”

    Join GLSA as it presents

    Wayne Hassay of

    McGuire Schnieder Hassay LLP

    Wayne will discuss:

    1. Current & future technology being used in the practice of law

    2. How technology is changing the delivery of legal services, the expectations of clients and making lawyers more efficient

    3. Potential ethical pitfalls and how to avoid them

    Where to Join:

    Zoom call on July, 2020 at 2pm central

    Meeting ID: 8835160
    PW: 149011 

     

     

     

  • The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be

    Well, are you tired of hearing what is the new normal going to be when the courts open?  

    As the weeks progress, I really have learned the meaning of the FDR quote “The only thing to fear is fear itself”. We all have our own feelings about the pandemic.  The feelings range from impending doom from the liberal left, to this is a scammed hoax from the far right.  The truth is somewhat in the middle.  Where in the middle?  I have no idea.  I see post that the death rate is about .002 percent of most countries populations.  Then you hear of death rates as high as 25% which would include a survival rate of 75% of those that survive ICU.  I do know that vast number of deaths from Corvid 19 are cases where the victim was over 65 and had another critical medical issue. This would indicate that most people survive Covid 19. Only 12 million of the 318 million people in the U.S. have been tested.  So, it is difficult to determine the real rate of contaminated people.  

    My personal experience with two families that contracted Covid 19 is that this virus is very contagious and aggressive.  Both families experienced a week to 10-day fever, with a nasty 2 to 3-week cough to follow.  I do not recommend being reckless with your hygiene because this is a nasty virus with no existing vaccine.  But even if there were a vaccine, 25% of the American public would not even take the vaccine.    

    Regardless of the reality of this Virus and the true death rate, it has influenced our psychology. They say a habit form after 60 days.  Guess what?  It is formed.  The Virus will affect business and law practices pretty much the way it has affected Human beings.   If a business were in trouble before the pandemic it could be shutting down permanently.  The same goes for any law practice that was in trouble before the pandemic.  But we are finding from the ashes, come real opportunity.  It is just a matter of watching for it to happen.  The best book to read on the subject is “Who Moved my cheese” by Spencer Johnson.  This book does not tell you have to react to change.  It is more an outline of what happens to people when there has been a change in their work environment.

    For the law practice, that change will be a closed courthouse and reduction in court cases.  A reduction in in person legal representation.  Many of the courts are experimenting with Zoom calls.  Texas has just experienced its first Zoom jury trial in Collin County Texas.   The case was more like a non-binding arbitration.  But it did expose some personal weaknesses in our Jury system.  Such as Jurors going off screen and emailing during proceedings. However, there was something positive that came out of this experiment.  Most courts are going to allow proceedings to begin without the requirement of a client’s presence.   This archaic rule of requiring a client’s presence has been outdated years ago.  But many courts require it more as a ceremonial testament to the legal system.

    Zoom meetings may not be the final format that courts use in legal proceedings like mediations, depositions, pretrial hearings and other non-trial matters.   Just like the first cellular phones that carried huge batteries and had very short-range communication, Video conferencing will improve.  The next few years I am sure we will see amazing improvements in video conferencing that will be easier to access, more secure, and track our current legal proceeding system.  

    I personally see great opportunity in the field of law.  The ABA has indicated that new legal matters have dropped considerable.  But that’s more because Human behavior has been reduced to isolation at home.  We are talking about a world economy that is coming out of Covid 19 hibernation.    Some businesses and industries will be lost.  Millions of jobs will be lost until new ones are re-engineered to accommodate the new world order.  But life will go on.  Until a Meteor hits the earth like the one that collided in the Yucatan and destroyed the Dinosaurs, we are still alive.  

    Lawyers are not going to be obsolete; they are just going to be different.  The practice of law will be so different soon.   Few realize when Abe Lincoln was a lawyer in Illinois in the 1850’s.  Judges and lawyers all traveled the circuit courts together.  The all sleep in the same boarding houses and were often hired the day of court.  Those days seem ancient and hard to conceive in our minds today.  The same will be true for our lawyers of the future.  Lawyers may be stunned to learn that we had so many in-people legal proceedings.  They may even be shocked that we met in person.  This may be an art form in our pre Covid 19 practice that will be obsolete.   Our system of law will seem ancient and archaic.  The future looks great.  Just hang in there.  Remember the only thing to fear is fear itself.

  • GLSA Annual Meeting is Cancelled until Further Notice

    Dear Valued GLSA Member:

    First and foremost, we hope that this email finds you and your families well.

    Everyone is certainly aware of the challenges that have been created by Coronavirus (Covid 19) and all the related downstream peripheral business and personal issues.  

    The leadership teams of Group Legal Services Association and the ABA have assessed the potential effects to our meeting participants and taken the guidance from the CDC to cancel large meetings for the next 8 weeks, as well as being aware of other health and travel concerns and restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Joint Spring Meeting scheduled for April 29 to May 2 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

    We apologize for the inconveniences this causes and recommend the following next steps:

    Cancellation of your hotel rooms  

    Please note that hotel reservations must be cancelled by the individual who booked the reservation as soon as possible to avoid any penalties or fees. The conference was scheduled at La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort and may be contacted at 787-977-3399. 

    Cancellation of your travel arrangements

    Please note that flight reservations must be cancelled by the individual who booked the reservation. It is up to the individual airlines if they will waive change fees or issue credits for the entirety of tickets. 

    Refunds:  

    Within the next 14 days, all registration fees will be refunded.  For any questions, please contact Annette Waggoner at 847-907-4670 or awaggoner@glsaonline.org

    To the registered attendees: thank you for registering for the 2020 Joint Spring Meeting and the support shown to GLSA!

    To our speakers: thank you for your superior work in preparing stellar education for our members.

    To our planning committee: thank you for all of your diligent effort!  Let’s get ready for a great 2021 conference!

    To all of our dedicated members: We look forward to welcoming you at an amazing conference in 2021 in an exciting location!

    Regarding elections: Elections will occur electronically and details will be forthcoming.  

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Best regards,

    Matthew Hahne
    GLSA President

    Annette M. Waggoner
    GLSA Executive Director
    awaggoner@glsaonline.org
    847-907-4670 direct

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