Audio CD + Course Book

Your Do-it-Yourself Guide to Legal Investigations

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

February, 2018

Product ID#:

78144CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


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  • continuing education credits,
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From Event: Your Do-it-Yourself Guide to Legal Investigations, held February 2018.

Program Description

Hiring outside help to investigate case facts is not always feasible (or practical). That's when being able to artfully find and examine information yourself becomes crucial. Whether you're locating people, searching social media or analyzing financials; identifying potential smoking guns is essential to ensure your client's best interests. Filled with real-world examples, practical tips and fundamental tools, this guide will show you the best ways to obtain, dissect and interpret information from common sources available to you... and recognize key findings. You'll learn time-tested techniques you can start using right away to put yourself steps ahead of your colleagues and ensure your clients are receiving favorable outcomes - order today!

Course Content

  1. Laws Governing Investigations
  2. Finding Free Legal Research and Free Case Law
  3. Searching Social Media
  4. Searching Records and Locating People
  5. Accounting 101: How to Analyze Financials
  6. Ethics of Legal Investigations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Laws Governing Investigations
    9:00 - 10:00, S. Coy Travis
    1. Stalking, Online Harassment and Cyberstalking
    2. Wiretapping and Recorded Calls
    3. Privacy Rights Violations
    4. Trespassing Missteps
    5. GPS and Vehicle Tracking
  2. Finding Free Legal Research and Free Case Law
    10:15 - 11:15, Jennifer Frazier
    1. How to Search Google Like a Pro
    2. Finding the Shortcuts to Legal Research
    3. Finding and Using Free, Full-Text Case Law Sites
    4. Sample Briefs, Motions, Complaints and Settlements
  3. Searching Social Media
    11:15 - 12:15, Jeremy J. Nelson
    1. Common Social Media Sites and Where to Find Useful Information
    2. Locating Hidden or Private Accounts
    3. What to do When You Can't Get Into an Account
    4. Friending/Following to Gather Evidence
    5. Recovering Deleted Data
  4. Searching Records and Locating People
    1:15 - 2:15, Jeremy J. Nelson
    1. Searching Public Records and "Publicly Available" Information
    2. Finding Vital Statistics: Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Records and More
    3. Secrets to Obtain "Difficult to Get" Records
    4. Reviewing Crucial Records
      1. Real Property and Title Searches
      2. Professional Licenses
      3. Hospital Records
      4. Business Records
      5. Employment Records
      6. Criminal Records
  5. Accounting 101: How to Analyze Financials
    2:15 - 3:15, Peter M. Gannott
    1. Key Terms and Definitions
    2. Documents Necessary for Analysis - Overview and Checklist
    3. Reviewing Income Statements, Tax Returns, Investment Records and More
    4. Uncovering Hidden Income, Interests or Assets
    5. Identifying Bookkeeping Inconsistencies
  6. Ethics of Legal Investigations
    3:30 - 4:30, Peter M. Gannott
    1. Professional Conduct
    2. Attorney-Client Privilege
    3. Work Product
    4. Unauthorized Practice of Law
    5. Attorney Fees
    6. Investigating Minors

JENNIFER FRAZIER is the state law librarian. She earned her bachelor's degree, in History, from Northern Kentucky University; her Juris Doctorate degree from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville; and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Frazier is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the American Association of Law Librarians, the Kentucky Library Association, and the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Librarians. She is a commissioner on the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission and was a member of the three person team from Kentucky sent to the Public Libraries and Access to Justice Conference presented by the Self-Represented Litigation Network and National Center for State Courts in Cooperation with Legal Services Corporation held in Austin, Texas in January, 2010. Additionally, Ms. Frazier was a panel member at the National Association of Legal Aid and Defenders Conference presentation on "Libraries and Access to Justice" in November, 2010.

PETER M. GANNOTT is the principal of the Louisville law firm of Gannott Law Group, PLLC. He is board certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. Since 1985, Mr. Gannott has focused his practice in the areas of business and consumer bankruptcy, creditors' rights and commercial collections, complex commercial litigation, and real estate matters. He is a frequent lecturer on his areas of practice, and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisville. Mr. Gannott graduated, with honors, from the University of Illinois and earned his J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law, American University. He has recently been awarded the Super Lawyers designation.

JEREMY J. NELSON is an attorney within the Louisville, Kentucky office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. Mr. Nelson has a broad range of litigation and appellate experience, including pre-litigation investigation, initial discovery, electronic discovery, lay and expert depositions, trial preparation, witness preparation, exhibit preparation and motion practice. He has tried long-term care, medical malpractice and general liability cases to verdict and presented oral arguments before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Mr. Nelson is a member of the American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, and the Louisville Bar Association. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at Brandeis School of Law in the area of sports law, and at Indiana Wesleyan University on business law. Mr. Nelson received his B.A. degree from Western Kentucky University, followed by his M.S. degree from the University of Louisville. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville.

S. COY TRAVIS is the chief executive officer of Travis Law Office, PLLC, in Hillview. He practices in the areas of elder law, family law, guardianship and disability law, premises liability, business litigation, employment law, appellate practice, and general civil litigation. Before entering private practice, Mr. Travis began his legal career as a staff attorney for the Jefferson Circuit Court, Division Ten, under Judges Irv Maze, Geoffrey Morris, and Martin McDonald. He received his B.A. degree in political science and B.S. B.A. degree in management from the University of Louisville before receiving his J.D. degree from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. He is admitted to practice in Kentucky and Indiana, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky and Southern District of Indiana. Mr. Travis is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Louisville Bar Association.

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