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Certified Paralegal Program Receives National Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the NALA Certified Paralegal certification program for a five year period, expiring April 30, 2019 ...

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NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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The report is used by the Certifying Board to validate and update the Certified Paralegal exam as needed and ensure NALA has current information about the roles and responsibilities of paralegals.

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LIVE! Estate Planning
Registration fees are $80 per course for NALA members, and $105 for non-members. Fees vary for courses presented in two parts.

The audio portion of the presentation is conducted via telephone conference call. This is a toll free call.

For groups, more than one participant per site, is $80 for one NALA member or $105 for one non-member registrant plus $45 for each additional person. Participants must register in order to receive Certificates of Attendance and CLE credit. Registrations of groups are handled through NALA Headquarters. Contact Mariah Williams at

CLE credit toward maintenance of the CP credential is available for completion of NALA Campus LIVE! programs. The maximum credit available is two hours per course.

For a list of the courses as in date order please click here.

Estate Planning When Beneficiaries are Receiving SSDI and SSI
Melvin E. Irvin, CP
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11 am - 12:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4076

This is a “rubber-meets-the-road” presentation exploring issues of inheritance, gifts and providing food and shelter to beneficiaries receiving Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability payments and how those matters mayl reduce their public benefits.
A syllabus will be provided to the attendees that they can use as a day to day resource in their estate planning practice.  Topics will include discussions such as “is the beneficiary receiving food that would affect benefits if a friend or family member takes the beneficiary to McDonalds for lunch?”  There will be a discussion of the use of Special Needs Trusts and the administration of those trusts—what are the rules?

Melvin E. Irvin is a Non-attorney Disability Claimants Representative representing persons who are applying for, and appealing denials of, Social Security disability benefits.

Since 1996, Mel has been legally representing Social Security disability claimants as a non-attorney representative. He is a graduate of the Santa Clara University Law School Institute for Paralegal Studies, is an award-winning public speaker, and was awarded the prestigious “Advocate of the Year” by the San Jose Division of the California Department of Rehabilitation.
In 2008-2009, he was awarded the Jean M. Cushman Award by the Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County (PASCCO) as the Paralegal of the Year, and in 2009 he received the Affiliates Award from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) and a member of the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR).

Since 2009 Mel has been serving as an appointee of the San Jose City Council to the San Jose City Disability Awareness Day Committee. On San Jose Disability Day, he provides workshops on Social Security disability benefits for San Jose City residents and other conference attendees.

In 2012, he was requested to speak on “Returning to Work With Dignity” at the national Brain Injury Conference hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center for physicians and other health and disability providers.

He is very proud to be a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran.

Virginia Koerselman Newman, Attorney
Friday, October 9, 2015
11 am - 1 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4044

I. Overview of Estate Planning
A. Why some people won’t plan
B. Importance of planning
C. Various estates planning tools
1. Life Insurance
2. Retirement Plans
3. Trusts
4. Wills
II. Property ownership regarding estate planning
A. Probate property vs. nonprobate property
1. Joint tenancy
2. Payment on death account
3. Tenancy by the entirety
III. Trusts
A. Revocable vs. Irrevocable trusts
B. Parties to a trust
1. Trustor, Grantor, Settlor
2. Trustee – definition, powers
C. Testamentary trusts vs. Living (inter vivos) trusts
D. Types
1. Credit Shelter Trusts
2. Marital and QTIP Trusts
3. Sprinkle Trusts
4. Spendthrift Trusts
5. Generation Skipping Transfer (GST) Trusts
6. Trusts for Disabled Children
7. Standby Trusts
8. Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts and Unitrusts
IV. Wills
A. Codicil
B. Holographic Wills
C. Nuncupative Wills
D. Requirements of a will
E. Testamentary Capacity
F. Grounds for invalidity
G. Revocation of a will
H. Limitations of a Will
I. Heirs
V. Probate
A. Purpose of probate
B. Jurisdiction and Venue
C. Admitting the Will to Probate
D. Appointment of Personal Representative
E. Steps of Probate
1. including estate administration
2. management of assets
F. Settlement of the estate
1. Distribution of assets
2. Elective Share
3. Final Distribution and Discharge
G. Taxes
1. Decedent’s Final Income Tax Return
2. Fiduciary Income Tax Return
3. Federal Estate Tax Return

Virginia Koerselman Newman left her business litigation practice in Nebraska and relocated to South Carolina, where she continues to teach and write about paralegal topics. A frequent speaker at seminars and workshops, she is a graduate of Creighton Law School, and was the paralegal program director at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, from 1990 to 2008. She is author of the Certified Paralegal Review Manual and has written, co-authored, and edited many paralegal texts, study guides, and instructor manuals. She developed the content and is principal author for NALA Campus and was on the faculty of CP Short Course 1992 to 2011. She received NALA’s Founders’ Award in 1998 and was a consultant to the NALA Certifying Board for many years. She is a frequent presenter on NALA Campus LIVE! and at the Essential Skills Institute.