Event Calendar

Bar Conference Center
2012 Probate Bench Bar
presented by the
South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division

Live at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29202
and via
Video-CLE sites:



About the Seminar
This program qualifies for 6.0 MCLE credit hours, including 1.0 LEPR credit hour and 6.0 MJCLE credit hours for Probate Judges.  This program also qualifies for 6.0 Estate Planning and Probate Specialization credit hours.

The South Carolina Bar – CLE Division is pleased to present the 20th Annual Probate Bench Bar with course planners G.P. Diminich, of Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP and the Hon. Irvin G. Condon, Charleston County Probate Court.
This year’s program will focus on recent Probate Court issues and developments in the areas of creditor protection, tax law and resolving tax issues with identify theft. Insights on guardianships/conservatorships state mental health system for mental health commitments and a pilot project on physician's orders for life sustaining treatment will also be featured.  In addition, a full hour will be devoted to a panel discussion on general practice issues in Probate Court. The day will wrap up with Prof. Alan Medlin’s annual case law update.
As always, this special CLE program is mandatory for South Carolina’s Probate Judges, so if you are an attorney who practices in the Probate Courts, be sure that you don’t miss this unique learning and networking opportunity!
Program Agenda
8:30 a.m.         Registration
8:55 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Remarks 
                        G.P. Diminich
                        Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP
9 a.m.              Creditor Protection
                        G.P. Diminich
                        Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP
 9:30 a.m.        The Third National Guardianship Summit and Beyond
                        Sally Hurme
                        Chair of the Third National Guardianship Summit                                          
10:30 a.m.       Mid-morning Break
10:45 a.m.       History of Mental Health in South Carolina
                         John H. Magill                 
                        State Director, SC Department of Mental Health
11:15 a.m.        Tax Law Update and Reform Tax Laws
                         J. Tod Hyche
                        Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP
11:45 a.m.        Probate Code Update and Legislative Update
                        Catherine H. Kennedy
                        Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA
 12:15 p.m.      Lunch (on your own)
 1:30 p.m.        Practice Issues (Panel)
                        Hon. Pandora Jones-Glover
                        Orangeburg Cnty. Probate Court
                        Andrew W. Chandler
                        Evans Carter Kunes & Bennett, PA
                        Melody Breeden
                        Breeden Law Firm, PA
                        Hon. Debora A.  Faulkner
                        Greenville Cnty. Probate Court
                        W. Henry “Hank” Sipe III
                        Sipe Law Firm, LLC
 2:30 p.m.        Tax Issues with Identity Theft
                        Robert M. Baldwin, CPA
                        Baldwin & Associates, LLC
 3:00 p.m.        Afternoon Break
3:15 p.m.         POST Pilot Project – Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
                        Markita Ebersole
                        Roper Saint Francis Physician Partners
                        Quality Assessment Coordinator
 3:45 p.m.        Case Law Update
                        Prof. S. Alan Medlin                                  
                        USC School of Law
4:45 p.m.         Adjourn

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