Live CLE in May

Indiana Charity Gaming: Violation Pitfalls & The Disciplinary Process
This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the On Demand Video or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here. (Coming Soon)

3rd Annual Reality CLETM
14 CLE / 2 E – 
This program is no longer available. Please join us next year.

Annual Real Estate InstituteTM
12 CLE / 1 E – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the Video Replay, On Demand Video or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here

Representing Clients on VA Benefits
3 CLE – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the Video Replay, On Demand Video or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here

Justice & The War on Terror
3 CLE – This program is no longer available. Please join us next time.

Invasion of the Drones
3 CLE – Friday, May 22     9:00 A.M – 12:15 P.M.
Live In-Person Seminar: ICLEF Conference Center, Indianapolis
Live Group Webcast: Taft Law Office, Indianapolis
Live Individual Webcast: From your home or office computer
Video Replay Seminar: Available statewide after live seminar date

Breakthrough Negotiations
12 CLE / 6 CME – Thursday & Friday, May 28-29
Highly Interactive & Limited to 25!
Help us plan the seminar by taking a quick negotiation survey.
Live In-Person Seminar Only: ICLEF Conference Center, Indianapolis 

Preparing for the Next Mini Boom in the Oil & Gas Industry
4 CLE / 1 E / 1 CEU Ethics / 3 RL, RPL or CPL Recertification Credits
Friday, May 29     9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Central
Live In-Person Seminar Only: Tropicana Hotel, Evansville


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Law Tips: Expert Input on Estate Planning for Digital Assets – With Forms!

It’s my pleasure to share with you a timely pointer from John O’Drobinak, ICLEF Estate Planning faculty member. Mr. O’Drobinak reminds fellow practitioners of the importance of assisting clients with a plan for their digital assets. Getting to the heart of the matter, he’s also providing the forms he uses in his practice.

Digital assets are becoming commonplace in estates and trusts. The fiduciaries charged with the valuation and access to the Decedent’s assets now face a new challenge. This challenge is not one traditionally encountered.

Digital assets consist of information that is electronically stored or accessed on an electronic device. It can be stored on hardware or in online accounts. This could be for social networking and media sites, blogs, cloud storage, banking services, and investment services. Even if the fiduciary knows that these are digital assets, accessing them may still be a problem.

The only way to insure against this is for the Decedent to prepare a list of digital assets and passwords. Needless to say, this must remain confidential, and needs to be updated from time to time.

To access the forms that Jack utilizes to insure his clients digital assets are handled per their wishes and efficiently click here: Confidential Record of Digital Assets-Passwords


Gather more beneficial pointers from our expert panel during the 120 Hot Tips in Estate, Trust and Probate Practice CLE. This program is available on our Video Replay calendar or as an On Demand CLE option.


About our Law Tips faculty participants:
John M. O’Drobinak, O’Drobinak & Nowaczyk, P.C., Schererville, IN
Mr. O’Drobinak has practiced law in Lake County, Indiana, since 1960. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1957 and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Indiana University in 1960. An attorney with a broad range of experience, Jack’s areas of concentration include estate planning, guardianships, trusts and probate. A widely sought speaker and seminar leader, Mr. O’Drobinak frequently makes presentations in the fields of estate planning, probate and pre-disability planning

About our Law Tips blogger:
Nancy Hurley has long-standing connections with Indiana lawyers. She was formerly a member of the ISBA and IBF staffs for over 30 years. Nancy’s latest lifestyle venture is with ICLEF. We are utilizing her exceptional writing and interviewing skills while exploring how her Indiana-lawyer background fits with ICLEF’s needs. When she isn’t ferreting out new topics for Law Tips, her work can be found in our Speaker Spotlight blogs, postings on the ICLEF Facebook and Twitter pages, and other places her legal experience lends itself.

Thank you for reading Law Tips. You may subscribe to this weekly blog through the RSS link at the top of this page.  Also, you are encouraged to comment below or email Nancy. She welcomes your input as she continues to sift through the treasure trove of knowledge of our CLE faculty to share with you.

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The Amateur Life Coach Returns with “Unsubscribing to Spam Email”

The Amateur Life Coach Returns with “Unsubscribing to Spam Email”

James J. Bell, ICLEF's Amateur Life Coach

The Amateur Life Coach is back to dispense his unique thoughts, advice and wisdom to his real and imagined viewers…

This week Dutton Legal Group LLC attorney Adam Christensen poses the question… “How do I get rid of those spam emails?”

Now, you can also “like” the Amateur Life Coach at Facebook!  Visit his facebook account today and catch up on his day-to-day activities.

Questions for the Amateur Life Coach?  Email them to or @JamesJBell on Twitter.

Written and performed by James J. Bell. Produced by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. This video is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice.


James focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense; attorney discipline defense and health care law. As a Marion County Public Defender, he represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials. James also represents clients in juvenile delinquency, appeals and post-conviction proceedings. James is a frequent ICLEF speaker on ethics, trial practice and criminal procedure. James just completed his first semester as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he teaches a course on professional responsibility. To date, no student has yet stood on their desk and shouted “Oh captain, my captain!” Follow James on Twitter @jamesjbell

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Relationships Should be Factored in to Negotiations

Notes on Negotiations
By Marty Latz, Latz Negotiation Institute

I am in the midst of a contentious multi-party negotiation and have found myself occasionally reminding my colleagues of the value of the relationship with the other parties. While this value might appear obvious, we sometimes lose sight of the long-term as we focus on our immediate deal.

Here is a way to consider the power of this relationship and some tips for how to preserve and strengthen it.

1. Consider all types of relationships
The strong relationship value is clear in negotiations involving formal, long-term relationships between the parties, like a salary negotiation or partnership deal. But what about one-shot, zero-sum negotiations (where one dollar more for one side is necessarily one dollar less for the other)? Is there a value to that relationship?

It depends. Sometimes it can be significant, especially in small communities where everyone knows everyone. Plus, in our increasingly interconnected world with online communities and social networks and media, our reputations travel at light speed even to those with whom we have no formal connections.

You never know when that person might have an impact – directly or through unknown others – on you and/or your career.

Keep in mind also two crucial elements of all relationships. One, relationship power is a matter of degree. It’s not all or nothing. It’s a spectrum. Every relationship has some value. The question is how much.

And two, there are many types of relationships, including family, personal, social, professional/business, situational, etc. Different relationships have different values to different people and require different approaches.

2. Tips to strengthen relationships
So how should you negotiate with those with whom you have a high relationship value versus low, understanding these strategies also exist on a spectrum?

– Share more information about your interests and needs, not less. Sometimes we tend to hold our cards close to our vests. Don’t.

– Aggressively probe your counterpart’s true needs and interests. Research has shown we often shy away from this in relationship situations as we feel it might be perceived negatively. Don’t. This is how you find the win-win in your deals.

– Creatively brainstorm options to satisfy your mutual interests with your counterparts. Brainstorming can enhance the relationship, as two or more heads here can be more powerful than one.

– Explicitly talk about the value of the relationship from your perspective. Then listen carefully to ensure it’s reciprocal.

– Downplay the leverage component in your negotiation, even if it’s strong. Leverage, which involves your walk away/Plan B/not doing the deal with your counterpart – and a future relationship with your counterpart – often don’t mix well.

– Rely on independent standards like market value, precedent and experts, especially when making offers or concessions. Tying your moves to these standards will help you keep a fair and reasonable hat on your head, and help your counterpart view you that way, too. One final point. Sometimes people believe that just giving in or avoiding the negotiation completely will preserve and strengthen their relationships. After all, it eliminates the conflict. Sometimes this is true.

But not always. Simply conceding on a really important interest may create resentment and can fester, causing significant harm to long-term relationships.

Latz’s Lesson: Relationships come in many forms and have different values in different negotiations. Ignoring this in how you negotiate will lead to less successful negotiations – and to fewer relationships.


Marty Latz is the founder of Latz Negotiation Institute, a national negotiation training and consulting company, and ExpertNegotiator, a Web-based software company that helps managers and negotiators more effectively negotiate and implement best practices based on the experts’ proven research.  He is also the author of Gain the Edge! Negotiating to Get What You Want (St. Martin’s Press 2004). He can be reached at 480-951-3222 or

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