The Changing Legal Market: A Business Guide for the Independent Contractor, Of Counsel and Non-Traditional Working Agreements

November 21, 2014 | 3.25 General CLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics Credits

The 21st century is a different economic model for attorneys. Often, the competitor is the Internet, rather than other attorneys. Attorneys must be able to run a business and generate business, as well as practice law. This seminar will provide you the resources to run your practice in terms of billing, records and timekeeping, define your status as an independent contractor or an employee, and ethically deal with your clients, whether they be a person or a law firm.

Overview

Chaired by tax law practitioner Jeff Liang, SU 2007, this seminar will provide you the resources to run your practice in terms of billing, records and timekeeping, define your status as an independent contractor or an employee, and ethically deal with your clients, whether they be a person or a law firm. Speakers will cover vital information for paralegals and LLLTs as well as attorneys - comparing and contrasting federal and state law; and addressing the ethics of being an independent contractor in relation to your client (the client) and the law firm who hired you (your other client). Bring your questions for the panel.

Agenda

8:15 a.m.
Introductions and Overview
Jeff Liang, Ling & Liang, PLLC

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Employer Perspective - Federal and State Tax Issues for Employee & Independent Contractors
Robert V. Boeshaar, Attorney at Law, LL.M., PLLC
Elijah Ford, Atlas Law, P.S.

What characterizes an independent contractor vs. an employee, in terms of WA state and in terms of the IRS? What kind of recordkeeping do you need to maintain to be prepared for an audit? 

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Rights of an Independent Contractor - Rules, Rights and Client Relations
Jeff Liang, Ling & Liang, PLLC

Independent contractors need to ensure that they are not unfairly called an independent contractor, when they really should be an employee: billing, records and time-keeping and how to submit an invoice; treating the employer like any other client, rather than as an "employer" and interacting with the client from a business perspective.

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Ethics: Conflicts of Interest When a Law Firm Hires Solo Practitioner as an Independent Contractor
Erica Temple, Disciplinary Counsel, Washington State Bar Association

11:45 a.m.-12 noon
Q & A With the Speakers

12 noon
Adjourn

Presenters

Program Chairperson

Jeff Liang, Ling & Liang, PLLC

Presenters

Robert V. Boeshaar, Attorney at Law, LL.M., PLLC

Elijah Ford, Atlas Law, P.S.

Erica Temple, Disciplinary Counsel, Washington State Bar Association

Pricing

General Registration - $125.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $110.00

Live Webcast - $125.00