This program has been approved for 6.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 hour ethics and professionalism in Kansas. This program has been approved for 6.2 CLE hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Missouri.
9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 AM Water Law: Some Legal Issues of Water Allocation from the Global to the Local Perspective
Prof. John Peck, University of Kansas, School of Law, Lawrence, KS
A session geared to both water lawyers and non-water lawyers, Professor Peck will discuss issues ranging from possible effects on water resources caused by Climate Change to issues confronting lawyers and their clients at the local level. He will present a brief comparison of the water allocation laws of Missouri and Kansas. Statewide issues in Kansas include efforts to solve the depletion of the High Plains Aquifer and the two water transfer proposals, one from the Missouri River to Southwest Kansas and the other from Edwards County to Hays. At the local level, water users face many issues involving water rights: changes in water rights, water reuse, abandonment of rights for non-use, impairment, access to the point of diversion and place of use, and division of water rights.
10:25 AM Break
10:30 AM Advance Directives: Transitioning for Social, Legal and Medical Changes
Tim O’Sullivan, Foulston, Siefkin, LLP, Wichita, KS
Advance Directives, a staple of any comprehensive estate plan, are facing a rapidly changing social, legal and medical environment. State statutes and statutory forms which accompany them providing for advance directives, including those in Kansas, tend to be woefully behind the social trends, desires of the public and medical ethics and innovations they thereby fail to address or accommodate. This is particularly true with respect to addressing medical care in a state of advanced dementia. Tim will discuss these trends and the need to incorporate specific provisions in advance care directives which will ensure the desires and wishes of our clients with respect to their medical care will be carried out when they are no longer competent to make such decisions themselves. The discussion will also include considerations in drafting advance directives that enhance the preservation of family harmony when a child or children are named to serve as health care agents for a parent. A new Living Will form will be included in his materials.
11:25 AM Should I Patent it Now?
Marshall Honeyman, Lathrop and Gage, LP, Overland Park, KS
The America Invents Act (AIA) has changed the way your clients should handle inventions. This course will provide a brief description of the current state of patent law, and more importantly, introduce you to new practical ways to be diligent regarding innovations.
12:15 PM Lunch (provided)
1:15 PM Preparing the Client for a Due Diligence Review
Karen Virgillito, TIFEC, LLC, Leawood, KS
This discussion will provide an overview for either 1) the investor that wants a thorough due diligence review prior to investing in or purchasing a business or 2) the business owner that needs to get organized for such a review as part of a financing round or an M&A transaction.
2:05 PM Joint Representation and Diminished Capacity (Ethics)
Michael Serra, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator, Topeka, KS
The program will address problems in determining who is the client in joint representation situations as well as issues in evaluating the capacity of elderly clients. The KRPCs to be covered will include KRPC 1.6, 1.7, and 1.14.
2:55 PM Break
3:10 PM Estate Planning with Portability and Exceptions in Excess of $5 Million
Michael “Mike” Cannady, Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C., Wichita, KS
Now that it appears that portability and exemptions in excess of $5 million per person are here to stay, estate planning for many married couples has changed. This presentation will discuss some of the basic estate planning options that many married couples will elect to use under the current estate tax law.
4:00 PM Adjourn
Sleeping rooms are available at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Call 816-756-1500 to make your reservation.