9:00 am - 10:30 am
Handling trust accounts and other important
procedures for keeping your firm out of hot water”
John P. Higgins, Staff Attorney for the Indiana Disciplinary Commission, will discuss the structure of lawyer discipline and regulation in Indiana, the Rules of Professional Conduct as relating to paralegals, and a basic overview of fiduciary account (handling trust accounts).
10:45 am - 12: 15 am
The fair debt collection practices act
Attorney Brian C. Heck, a Fort Wayne attorney experienced in collections law, will discuss the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and provide guidance for how to comply with the provisions of the Act.
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Writing in Legal Practice: From “Enclosed please find” to “Thank you for your attention.”
This section will cover the importance of email in everyday legal writing, general rules for writing email, general rules for writing letters, including making both more readable, and finally, some grammar points to take into consideration when writing.
We will discuss what you should put in writing compared to what might better be discussed via phone call or meeting. As the internet has virtually obliterated all confidentiality, think about whether you want that sentence to be part of a permanent court record in the form of an exhibit. We will also consider how email has become more informal than letter writing and whether that should remain the case.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PME-Filing Court Documents and E-Recording
Indiana is on the move toward providing the ability to electronically file court documents which will affect the way many legal professionals do business. Allen County is already providing the opportunity to electronically record documents. Plan to attend this session conducted by two of Allen County’s officials who are “on the front line” of the electronic filing trend—John McGauley, Court Executive for Allen Superior Court, and Anita Mather, Recorder of Allen County.