Washington State Paralegal Association

Upcoming events

    • 08/17/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Webcast

    Program Description

    Understand Your Role in a Divorce Case

    As a family law paralegal, your role is multi-faceted. You serve as the client confidant, information manager and attorney liaison all at the same time. While many of the issues you deal with on a regular basis will have their similarities, no two cases will be exactly alike - and the emotionally charged nature of the divorce process only adds another layer of complexity. Building processes and procedures that help you to effectively manage your multiple responsibilities will not only help you to become more efficient and effective, but increase your potential for professional growth. Register today!

    • Gather facts that will help your attorney assess the case.
    • Locate hidden assets that are critical to the final outcome.
    • Draft preliminary discovery documents which maximize results.
    • Effectively manage case documents throughout the process.
    • Establish procedures for working with experts both before and during trial.
    • Calculate arrearage and wage assignments when handling support issues.
    • Manage property division and distribution with minimal problems.

    This is a rebroadcast of the original webcast delivered by Michael Fink, Zachary A. Kretchmer and Kendal K. O'Keefe on September 30, 2016. Faculty will be available to answer your questions after the program.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course will provide the necessary skills for attendees to effectively assist with divorce cases. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. Initial Interviews and Pleadings
    2. Discovery Guidelines
    3. Case Management Tips
    4. Keys to Managing Financial Information
    5. Child Support and Custody Issues
    6. Your Role During Settlement and Trial
    7. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 6.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 6.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 6.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 6.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 6.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 6.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 6.00

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 6.00

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 6.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 08/22/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM
    • Audio Webinar

    Program Description

    Confidently Assist With Probate Matters

    Do you know the proper procedures and filing requirement in probate? This essential course will guide you through the probate process essentials you need to know. Learn how to be instrumental in accurately opening the estate, handling assets, tax fundamentals and closing the estate. Build your skill set - register today!

    • Be instrumental in collecting, maintaining and managing assets.
    • Get a better understanding of the tax issues associated with probate.
    • Follow thorough closing procedures so accounting is complete before distribution takes place.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course will allow attendees to effectively manage assets in probate. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. The Initial Filing: Opening the Estate
    2. Inventory and Administration of the Estate
    3. Tax To-Do's in Probate
    4. Closing the Estate

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 3.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 3.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 3.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 3.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 3.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 3.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 3.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 3.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 3.00

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 3.00

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 3.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 3.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 08/23/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM
    • Audio Webinar

    Program Description

    Your Guide to the Fundamentals of Construction Law

    This essential course will provide attendees with the knowledge they need concerning the critical elements of construction law. Our experienced faculty will walk through the fundamentals of construction law while providing useful tips on drafting construction contracts to adequately combing through and organizing key construction documents. Don't miss this opportunity to build your knowledge of construction law - register today!

    • Learn what is necessary in the initial step for client intake in construction cases.
    • Review the important details that go into drafting and creating construction contracts.
    • Explore effective ways to review and organize essential construction documents.
    • Understand the paralegal's role in dealing with construction disputes.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level program covers the fundamentals of construction law. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. Construction Law Overview, Client Intake/Interview and First Steps
    2. Drafting and Creating Construction Contracts
    3. Review, Analyze and Organize Construction Documents
    4. Construction Disputes and Litigation: Essential Paralegal Roles and Duties

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 3.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 3.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 3.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 3.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 3.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 3.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 3.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 3.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 3.00

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 3.00

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 3.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 3.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 08/24/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Audio Webinar

    Program Description

    Keep Well-Organized and Maintained Minute Books and Company Records

    Creating and maintaining minute books is essential to keeping businesses in good standing and preserving the personal liability shield. Do you know all the best practices for keeping proper record books? In this program, our seasoned faculty will teach you the essentials of keeping well-organized and accurate minute books in order to eliminate the potential for problems. Build your knowledge and receive tips you can put to use right away - register today!

    • Explore the nuances of corporate record books, LLC books and partnership books.
    • Learn how to produce proper records of board decision-making.
    • Know what to keep an eye out for when reviewing a record book.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course is designed to give attendees the knowledge they need to maintain business records and keep minutes. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. What is a Corporate Record Book?
    2. Differences between Corporation, Limited Liability Company, and Partnership Record Books
    3. What is Included in a Corporate Record Book
    4. What is Included in a Limited Liability Company Book
    5. What is Included in a Partnership Book
    6. Maintaining Record Books/Compliance
    7. What to Look for When Reviewing a Record Book

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 1.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 1.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 1.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 1.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 1.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 1.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 1.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 1.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 1.00

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 1.00

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 1.00

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 1.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 08/27/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The HUB, Puyallup

    Networking and social event at the HUB in Puyallup on August 27th from 2pm-6pm (Happy Hour). 

    This is a great opportunity to connect with working paralegal professionals and paralegal students and to learn more about WSPA membership. 

    Open to members and non-members. This is a free event. 

    THE HUB: 214 39th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98373. 

    For more information please contact Misty Carman, SPS Director at oneamericaforjustice@gmail.com

    • 08/29/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Audio Webinar

    Program Description

    Unleash the Full Potential of Your Smartphone for the Law Office

    Smartphones are becoming more and more valuable to managing key aspects of paralegals' duties in the law firm. Are you using the right apps and tools to get your tasks done promptly and efficiently? This essential course will show you best practices for staying on top of important legal research and document management, along with key pointers for effective time management and communication. Register today!

    • Learn tips and tricks for handling legal research via useful apps.
    • Discuss how your smartphone can be beneficial with management of documents.
    • Review valuable time management skills accessible and accomplished through useful apps.
    • Explore effective email communication tools readily available to you.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course is designed to give attendees the knowledge they need to use smartphone apps in their day-to-day duties. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    • Legal Research
    • Practice Management
    • Document Management
    • Time Tracking
    • Time Management
    • Project Management
    • Communications (Email & Phone)

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 1.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 1.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 1.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 1.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 1.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 1.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 1.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 1.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 1.00

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 1.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 08/30/2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Webcast

    Program Description

    Increase Your Effectiveness with Superior Discovery Management Skills

    Conscientious, thorough discovery is the foundation for a good case - and you play an important role in this phase of the trial process. Are you confident in your ability to draft proper interrogatories and requests for production? Do you know how best to organize documents and avoid spoliation? If you're interested in taking your discovery management skills to the next level, join us for an in-depth look at this important phase of the process. Register today!

    • Get proven strategies for making and responding to discovery requests.
    • Identify critical elements to review when you receive discovery from the other side.
    • Learn how to use technology and a discovery management system to enhance your organizational efficiency.
    • Examine issues unique to e-discovery management.
    • Address important ethical issues and maintain the integrity of your profession.
    • Save your firm time and money by anticipating problems and circumventing them with best practices.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course is designed to give paralegals the knowledge they need to effectively manage the discovery process. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. Making and Responding to Discovery Requests
    2. Building an Efficient Discovery Management System
    3. Document Review and Analysis
    4. Managing E-Discovery
    5. Discovery Problem Solving - Circumventing Snags in the Process
    6. Ethical Issues in Document Management

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 6.00 *

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 6.00 *

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 6.00 *

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 6.00 *

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 6.00 *

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00 *

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 6.00 *

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 6.00 *

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 6.00 *

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 6.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 09/12/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Webcast

    Program Description

    Advanced Techniques for Superior Legal Research and Citation Management

    Research faster, more easily and more precisely with this advanced, technical program. Let our experienced faculty visually demonstrate, step-by-step, how you can harness the full potential of the powerful tools at your fingertips. Discover the quickest ways to find the precise sources you need and explore innovative techniques for efficiently investigating multifaceted legal topics. Impress with results: learn how to polish your legal writing and generate flawless citations by utilizing cutting-edge technology. You'll also pick up tips and tricks and discover beneficial software tools to keep your research neatly organized. Become even more invaluable to your firm - register today!

    • Find out how to swiftly hunt down substantive case law and evaluate it for its utility to the case.
    • Discover how to quickly and proficiently perform research on complex legal topics and questions.
    • Look deeper into public information to find parties and conduct background searches.
    • Determine how to get straight to the point of legal opinions and cogently summarize the results.
    • Learn how to confidently traverse the intimidating Bluebook through clear, step-by-step instructions and sample exercises.
    • Avoid unauthorized practice of law traps and other ethical landmines.

    Who Should Attend

    This advanced level course is designed to give paralegals the knowledge they need to expertly conduct legal research. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. Locating Specific Statutes or Case Law
    2. Case Law: You've Found It, Now What?
    3. Researching Complex Legal Topics and Questions
    4. The Paralegal's Guide to Locating Persons and Finding Background Information
    5. Reviewing and Summarizing Legal Opinions
    6. All About the Bluebook
    7. Research and Citation Management Tools
    8. Ethics in Legal Research

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 6.00 *

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 6.00 *

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 6.00 *

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 6.00 *

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 6.00 *

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00 *

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 6.00 *

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 6.00 *

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 6.00 *

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 6.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 09/13/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Audio Webinar

    Program Description

    Paralegal's Essential Guide to Electronic Evidence

    Social media, smartphone and email evidence can play a key role in the outcome of a case. Do you know what information you can gather and where to look to find the critical details hidden within these electronic devices? Join our established faculty as they provide you with the fundamental aspects of preservation and spoliation, investigating and retrieving key evidence, and successfully gathering information from other parties. Order today!

    • Explore key preservation and spoliation considerations paralegals need to know.
    • Discuss what information may be obtained via social media, smartphones and email (and where to find it).
    • Examine ways to effectively request and obtain evidence from other parties.
    • Learn what metadata is, what it can show you, and how to scrub or produce it.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course will guide attendees through key social media, smartphone and email evidence fundamentals. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. Preservation and Spoliation Considerations Paralegals Need to Know
    2. What to Look for, Where to Find it, What to do With it
    3. Requesting Evidence From Other Parties
    4. Metadata Explained

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 3.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 3.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 3.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 3.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 3.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 3.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 3.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 3.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 3.00

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 3.00

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 3.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 3.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 09/20/2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Webcast

    Program Description

    A Comprehensive Look at the Social Security Disability Claim Process

    Navigating through the social security disability claim process can pose many challenges. Are you proficient in all aspects of the process to successfully guide your firm through it? This essential course will dissect the process step-by-step to provide you with the knowledge you need to stay on top of every detail along the way. From client interview to organizing medical evidence to a walkthrough of the application and filing procedures (and more), learn how to assist your firm - register today!

    • Learn how to effectively evaluate claim potential.
    • Explore how to collect all of the medical evidence necessary to support the claim.
    • Walk through the best practices for establishing the claimant's disability timeline.
    • Review application and filing procedure essentials.
    • Learn how to proficiently assist with pre-hearing case preparation.
    • Develop a plan for tackling and overcoming issues that may pop up while handling a claim.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course will allow attendees to effectively navigate their way through the Social Security disability claim process. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. Process Overview, Sample Checklist and Forms
    2. Client Intake, Contact and Working with Social Security Offices
    3. Gathering Medical Evidence to Support the Claim
    4. Building a Claimant’s Disability Timeline and Employment History
    5. Applications and Filing Procedures
    6. Pre-Hearing Case Preparation: Assisting Attorneys
    7. How to Troubleshoot Issues That Can Arise
    8. Paralegal Ethics

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 6.00 *

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 6.00 *

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 6.00 *

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 6.00 *

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 6.00 *

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00 *

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 6.00 *

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 6.00 *

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 6.00 *

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 6.00

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 09/28/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM
    • Audio Webinar

    Program Description

    Pave Your Attorney's Way for a Successful Trial

    Maximize your effectiveness during federal trial preparation! Our knowledgeable faculty will teach you how to best help your attorney every step of the way. From preparing filings, well-organized trial notebooks and visuals to assisting in the courtroom, gain the skills you need to maximize your attorney's chances of winning. Register today!

    • Receive a practical refresher on the federal rules you need to know, including recent changes.
    • Find out how to troubleshoot logistics issues.
    • Get tips for preparing exhibits, exhibit lists, witness lists, subpoenas, motions, briefs and more.
    • Prepare a comprehensive, well-organized trial notebook that will serve as a perfect reference tool for your attorney.
    • Discover how to best help your attorney at trial with effective note taking and coordinating witnesses and exhibits.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course will provide the necessary skills for attendees to effectively assist with federal trial preparation. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. Getting Started
    2. Filings and Trial Materials
    3. Trial Notebooks and Visuals
    4. Federal Court Trial: What to Expect and How You Can Help

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 3.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 3.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 3.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 3.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 3.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 3.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 3.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 3.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 3.00

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 3.00

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 3.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 3.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 09/29/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Webcast

    Program Description

    Your Comprehensive Guide to Law Office Management

    Do you have an effective plan in place to prioritize and manage daily tasks in your law firm? No matter how long you have been a paralegal or how long you have been with the firm, you can always pick up more ways to heighten your firm's business operation efficiency. This insightful course will provide you with the tools you need to handle financial management, delegate tasks to the appropriate staff members and organize and maintain important files and records. Gain valuable tips to effectively manage everyday duties - register today!

    • Discuss ways to establish and manage client relationships.
    • Gain valuable skills to manage the financial aspects in the firm.
    • Learn how to properly delegate tasks to the right employees within the office.
    • Explore strategies for effective time management and organization.
    • Discuss how to efficiently maintain both physical and electronic files.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course is designed to give attendees the knowledge they need to serve as law office managers. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. The Paralegal's Role in Office Management
    2. Financial Management for Law Firms: Painless Strategies
    3. Managing Staff and How to Handle Delegation Accurately
    4. Client File and Time Management Strategies
    5. Maintaining Files and Records
    6. Ensuring Ethical and Legal Compliance

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 6.00 *

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 6.00 *

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 6.00 *

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 6.00 *

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 6.00 *

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00 *

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 6.00 *

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 6.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 10/04/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Audio Webinar

    Program Description

    Conduct a Thorough Investigation in Divorce Cases

    Do you know all the tips and tricks for ferreting out any undisclosed assets or debt in divorce? Are you looking for practical insights in decrypting complex tax returns and other financial documents? How do your e-discovery skills stack up? Our experienced faculty will teach you time-tested and innovative methods for identifying, locating and obtaining case-supporting evidence. Leave no stone unturned - register today!

    • Overlook nothing - learn how to effectively request and obtain all necessary information and documents.
    • Find a treasure trove of information in a sample tax return and other key documents.
    • Build your e-discovery skills: know what to look for, where to find it, and how to obtain it.
    • Keep it together - obtain practical tips for organizing documents in the discovery process.
    • Take away sample checklists, discovery requests and other essential documents.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course will teach attendees how to effectively navigate the discovery process in divorce. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    • Drafting Discovery Requests and Responses
    • E-Discovery: Social Media, Smartphone Evidence and More
    • What Individual Tax Returns Can Show You (Walkthrough of Sample)
    • Reviewing Bank Statements, Paystubs and Other Key Documents
    • Locating Undisclosed Assets: Tips and Techniques

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 3.00

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 3.00

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 3.00

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 3.00

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 3.00

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 3.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 3.00

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 3.00

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 3.00

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 3.00

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 3.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 3.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 10/10/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Webcast

    Program Description

    Filled With Checklists, Sample Documents and Case Studies

    Drafting and preparing legal documents is a critical skill required by paralegals. Using boilerplates and editable forms will likely get the job done, but stepping outside of the template, gaining advanced document drafting abilities and understanding when (and how) to use them has the potential to make or break your attorney's case, reduce issues at trial and save your attorney and clients precious time and money. This comprehensive, engaging program will teach you, step by step, the key elements of drafting legal documents with real-world examples, sample papers and case studies. Register today!

    • Create clear, logical and persuasive documents.
    • Simplify the process of document review and collaboration with MS Word and Adobe Acrobat.
    • Discover how going paperless can save your firm time, money and headaches.
    • Gain summary judgment motion know-how.
    • Get tips to ensure proper servicing and calendaring.
    • Create a pleading that properly identifies all causes of action relevant to the case.
    • Structure effective motions that are accurate, focused and persuasive.
    • Draft clear, concise briefs that make review as easy as possible for the judge.

    This is rebroadcast of the original webcast delivered by Heather A. Neal and John T. Shoaf on February 8, 2017. Faculty will be available to answer your questions after the program.

    Who Should Attend

    This intermediate level course will assist attendees in advancing their legal document drafting skills. Those who should attend include:

    • Paralegals
    • Legal Technicians
    • Legal Assistants
    • Legal Support Staff

    Course Content

    1. How to Draft Civil Pleadings: Sample Documents Included
    2. Drafting Discovery Requests and Responses
    3. Drafting Motions: Sample Documents Included
    4. Brief Writing Methods: Sample Documents Included
    5. Ethics
    6. Rules and Forms for Litigation Applications

    Continuing Education Credits


    California MCLE Paralegal – California MCLE Paralegal: 6.00 *

    DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program – DPA Delaware Certified Paralegal Program: 6.00 *

    Florida Registered Paralegal Program – Florida Registered Paralegal: 6.00 *

    Indiana Paralegal CLE – Indiana Paralegal CLE: 6.00 *

    Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals – Montana CLE Credit for Paralegals: 6.00 *

    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00 *

    North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification – North Carolina Continuing Paralegal Education: 6.00 *

    Ohio Certified Paralegals – Ohio Certified Paralegals: 6.00 *

    Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico: 6.00 *

    TBLS Paralegal Certification – TBLS Paralegal Certification: 6.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

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    • 10/25/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Hampton Inn Spokane, 2010 S Assembly Rd, Spokane WA 99224

    Program Description

    Make Yourself an Indispensable Part of Your Firm's Trial Preparation Team

    Two of the most essential skills for litigation paralegals to possess are the abilities to gather critical information and to prepare it for effective use at trial. That means you need to know how to compile essential information, ask the right questions and create a thorough, yet user-friendly case file.

    Are your skills everything they should be? This seminar will provide a closer look into the specialized realm of paralegal responsibilities during trial preparation so you can maximize your effectiveness. Establish solid case management and organization techniques. Learn how to uncover crucial facts during the discovery process. Implement an effective document control and organization system to keep everything readily accessible. Get the most out of witnesses during pretrial interviews. Confidently collect, organize and preserve evidence for use at any time during trial. Developing these skills is critical for your success - enroll today to gain the knowledge you need!

    • Knowledgeably draft initial pleadings.
    • Tap into valuable sources of information while conducting discovery.
    • Establish strategies for effective document control so you can retrieve what you need, when you need it.
    • Organize a powerful trial notebook that will pave the way for a smooth trial.
    • Implement solid techniques for preparing clients to testify at trial.
    • Find out how to troubleshoot common problems that arise during trial preparation.
    • Put together persuasive, clear trial exhibits that get results.
    • Learn how to effectively assist with voir dire, evidence presentation and more during trial.

    Who Should Attend

    This basic-to-intermediate level program is designed for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries and other members of the law office support staff who want to sharpen their skills in every aspect of trial preparation.

    Course Content

    1. Useful Discovery for Trial
    2. Creating a Trial Notebook
    3. Preparing Your Witnesses
    4. Effective Use of Evidence
    5. Preparing Your Office - What to do Before You Set Foot in Court
    6. Succeeding at Trial

    Continuing Education Credits


    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now
    • 10/27/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Crowne Plaza Seattle, 1113 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

    Program Description

    Help Your Clients to Have a Successful Probate Experience

    Taking an estate through probate in a timely manner ties up loose ends and helps families gain closure when a loved one dies. There are many duties to fulfill, and bereaved clients are counting on your firm to keep the process moving and keep them up to date on the situation. Do you know the best way to be instrumental in these increasingly complex situations? Don't wait until you're asked to work on your next probate case to find out.

    At this targeted seminar, our experienced faculty will take you through the probate process step-by-step. After attending, you will be able to file documents in probate court and form good working relationships with executors or administrators. Confidently prepare and file the inventory and troubleshoot common problems you may encounter. Identify the duties involved in the estate administration process so you can provide assistance when it's needed. Gain an understanding of intestate laws so you can handle situations when there's no will. Enhance your effectiveness with tips for assisting with closing the estate. Help bring closure to families going through this difficult time - enroll today!

    • Receive a complete estate timetable so you know what needs to be done - and when.
    • Assist the attorney with collecting, maintaining and managing assets during inventory preparation.
    • Deal with administrative duties by helping with creditor claims and estate cash management.
    • Understand how to distinguish between privileged and non-privileged communications.
    • Fulfill your role in preparing the distribution of the estate to beneficiaries.
    • Follow along with sample probate forms and documents.

    Who Should Attend

    This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries and other legal support staff who want to increase their effectiveness when working within the probate process.

    Course Content

    1. How to File an Estate in Probate Court
    2. Understanding the Laws of Intestacy
    3. How to Prepare and File the Inventory
    4. Ethical Perils in the Probate Process
    5. Working With Executors and Administrators
    6. Administration of the Estate
    7. Closing the Estate

    Continuing Education Credits


    National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *

    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA: 6.00 *

    Washington State Paralegal Association – Washington State Paralegal Association: 6.00

    * denotes specialty credits

    Register Now

Past events

08/08/2017 Case Management for Paralegals: Managing Documents, Files, etc.
08/02/2017 Medical Records Made Easy for Paralegals
07/30/2017 South Sound Chapter Paralegal Alumni Networking Event
07/27/2017 Forensic Accounting for Paralegals
07/26/2017 Paralegal Ethics: Avoiding Administrative Errors
07/25/2017 The Paralegal's Guide to the Ultimate Trial Notebook
07/20/2017 Electronic Document and Case Management for Paralegals
07/19/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Depositions
07/13/2017 The Paralegal's Guide to Estate Assets
07/12/2017 Advanced Auto Injury Claims for Paralegals
07/11/2017 Advanced Skip Tracing and Cyber Tracking for Paralegals
06/28/2017 Trial Preparation from Start to Finish for Paralegals
06/28/2017 Family Law Case Management for Paralegals
06/27/2017 Medical Records: Top Paralegal Pitfalls and Challenges
06/23/2017 How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted ++
06/22/2017 Real Estate Closings for Paralegals
06/21/2017 How to Make Yourself More Valuable to Your Firm: Insights from an Expert
06/21/2017 How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted
06/20/2017 Top Paralegals Mistakes at Trial
06/15/2017 LLC Formation for Paralegals
06/08/2017 Legal Citations and The Bluebook: A Paralegal's Guide
06/07/2017 Trial Preparation From Start to Finish for Paralegals
06/02/2017 WSPA Spring CLE and Annual Member Meeting
05/30/2017 Trusts: The Ultimate Guide for P aralegals
05/23/2017 Paperless Office 101 for Paralegals
05/22/2017 Trusts 101
05/18/2017 Paralegal's Guide to Land Surveys, Plats and Legal Descriptions
05/18/2017 Discovery Responses and Document Production: A Paralegal's Ultimate Guide
05/17/2017 Juror Research, Voie Dire and Jury Selection: A Paralegal's Guide
05/16/2017 Ethics of Email for Paralegals
05/10/2017 Discovery in Federal Court for Paralegals
05/03/2017 Corporate Law Boot Camp for Paralegals
04/27/2017 The Paralegal's Guide to Workers' Compensation Cases
04/26/2017 Estate Administration Accounting and Distribution for Paralegals
04/20/2017 Litigation Document Management for Paralegals
04/19/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Deadlines and Calendaring
04/18/2017 The Paralegal's Guide to Organizing Discovery Documents
04/10/2017 The Divorce Paralegal's Guide to Social Media, Smartphone and Text Evidence
04/06/2017 Investigative Techniques for Paralegals
03/30/2017 Paralegal's Guide to Liens and Subrogation in Personal Injury
03/23/2017 Types of Trusts and Their Differences: A Paralegal's Guide
03/20/2017 Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
03/15/2017 Social Security Desability Evidence: A Paralegal's Guide
03/15/2017 Paralegal's Guide to Leveraging MS Word and Excel
03/14/2017 M&A Closing Checklists and Documentation for Paralegals (with Samples)
03/13/2017 Advanced Medical Chronologies for Paralegals
03/07/2017 Trial Preparation Boot Camp for Paralegals
02/28/2017 Public Records Requests for Paralegals
02/28/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Corporate Governance
02/27/2017 Paralegal's Guide to Subpoenas
02/23/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Federal Court
02/21/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Drafting Deeds
02/16/2017 Discovery in Divorce - The Ultimate Guide for Paralegals
02/08/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Pleadings, Motions, Discovery Requests and Briefs
02/07/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Motion Drafting
01/31/2017 Personal Injury Case Management for Paralegals
01/26/2017 Eastside Chapter Meeting – January 26, 2017
01/26/2017 A Paralegal's Guide to Title Law
01/25/2017 Paralegal Skills: Finding Debtors and Their Assets
01/19/2017 The Top 5 Organization Secrets of Highly Effective Paralegals
01/19/2017 Social Media Evidence: A Paralegal's Guide
01/18/2017 Auto Injury Claims from Start to Finish for Paralegals
01/17/2017 Relocation Cases for the Family Law Paralegal
01/12/2017 Estate and Trust Accounting for Paralegals
12/20/2016 Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence for Paralegals
12/16/2016 The Paralegal's Role at Trial (or How to Second Chair a Trial)
12/15/2016 How to Get Your Social Media, Smartphone and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)
12/14/2016 Advanced Family Law for Paralegals
12/08/2016 Discovery Under the New FRCP for Paralegals
12/07/2016 Maximizing Power-Point and PDF Software: A Paralegal's GUide
12/06/2016 2017 Tax Update for Estate Planning Paralegals
12/02/2016 Unleashing the Power of Microsoft Office and Adobe for Lawyers
12/02/2016 Corporate Recordkeeping and Maintenance: A Paralegal's Guide
12/01/2016 Medical Records Made Easy for Paralegals
11/30/2016 The Paralegal's Guide to Estate Planning
11/29/2016 The Paralegal's Guide to Receiving and Reviewing Discovery
11/21/2016 The Paralegal's Guide to Locating Persons and Finding Background Information
11/18/2016 Paralegal Ethics: Avoiding Administrative Errors
11/16/2016 Litigation Case Management: Best Practices for Paralegals
11/11/2016 Medicaid and VA Benefits: The Complete Guide for Paralegals
11/09/2016 New Bankruptcy Proof of Claim Forms, Reaffirmation Agreement Forms and More: A Paralegal's Guide
11/07/2016 61st Annual Estate Planning Seminar
11/03/2016 Discovery in Personald Injury Litigation: A Paralegal's Guide
10/28/2016 Trademark Law for Paralegals
10/26/2016 Divorce Cases from Start to Finish for Paralegals
10/26/2016 Discovery and Evidence: A Paralegal's Guide
10/22/2016 YOU'RE INVITED! WSPA's 40th Anniversary Celebration is Saturday, October 22, 2016
10/20/2016 Due Diligence in M&A Transactions: A Paralegal's Guide
10/20/2016 Litigation and the New Federal Rules: What Every Paralegal Should Know
10/14/2016 Client Management for Paralegals
10/13/2016 Effective Calendaring, Docketing and File Tickling System Tips for Paralegals: Maximizing the Use of Microsoft Outlook
10/13/2016 A Paralegal's Guide to Boundary Issues and Easements
10/07/2016 Making Your Case: Effective and Efficient Tools for Legal Staff and New Attorneys
09/30/2016 A Paralegal's Guide to Divorce Cases
09/29/2016 A Paralegal's Asset-Based Guide to Probate
09/28/2016 Tech Tools, Tips and Tricks for Paralegals
09/22/2016 Trial Notebooks and Exhibits: A Paralegal's Ultimate Guide
09/21/2016 Paralegals' GUide to the FDCPA: Debt Collection Compliance and Claims
09/14/2016 New ICD-10 Codes in Medical Records: What Paralegals Need To Know
09/14/2016 Workers' Compensation Boot Camp for Paralegals
09/09/2016 Top Mistakes Paralegals Make in Federal Court
08/24/2016 The Paralegal's Guide to Ethical Client Communications and Representation
08/09/2016 Trust Funding: A Paralegal's Guide
07/21/2016 WSPA East King County Chapter Meeting
07/14/2016 Time Management for Paralegals: How to Manage Assignments, Make Timelines and Multi-Task
07/12/2016 Wills, Trusts, Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney: A Paralegal's Guide
07/11/2016 The Probate Process from Start to Finish
06/30/2016 Legal Ethics of Email for Paralegals
06/29/2016 Handling the Sale of a Business: Tips for Paralegals
06/23/2016 The Paralegal's Guide to QuickBooks for Accounting and Billing
06/21/2016 Trusts 101 - Spokane WA
06/21/2016 E-Discovery for Paralegals
06/15/2016 Paperless Office 101 for Paralegals
06/14/2016 Medical Chronologies, Summaries and Expense Itemizations for Paralegals
06/09/2016 Paralegal's Guide to Closing Real Estate Transactions with New TRID Requirements
06/08/2016 Case Management for Paralegals: Managing Documents, Files, Calendars and Tasks
06/07/2016 Employment Discrimination Litigation for Paralegals
06/06/2016 Trusts 101 - Vancouver, WA
06/02/2016 A Paralegal's Checklist Guide to Litigation
05/24/2016 Damages in Personal Injury: An A-Z Guide for Paralegals
05/21/2016 WSPA Spring CLE
05/19/2016 Discovery in Divorce for Paralegals
05/18/2016 Estate Administration Accounting and Distribution for Paralegals
05/16/2016 2016 Paralegal Career Panel
05/10/2016 Admissibility of Evidence: A Paralegal's Guide
05/05/2016 Social Security Disability from Start to Finish for Paralegals
05/04/2016 Legal Holds: A Paralegals Guide
04/28/2016 Law Day
04/28/2016 Federal Court Case Management for Paralegals
04/28/2016 The Corporate Paralegal from A to Z
04/27/2016 iPad and iPhone Tips, Apps and Accessories for the Indispensable Paralegal
04/27/2016 Copyright Law for Paralegals
04/21/2016 Handling Creditor Claims in Probate: A Paralegal's Guide
04/19/2016 Document Management, Retention and Destruction for Paralegals
04/12/2016 New Bankruptcy Forms and Rules: A Walkthrough for Paralegals
04/07/2016 Paralegal's Guide to Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Online Legal Research

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