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Course Title: Alternative Dispute Resolution for CPAs
Author: James John Jurinski
Provider: American Management Association
Price: $79.95
CEU Credits: 1
Level: Fundamental
Field Of Study: N/A
Prerequisites: None
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Get the powerful, revolutionary tool for controlling litigation costs.

It's certainly not news that we live in a highly litigious society. What is news is that many lawyers, accountants, and other professionals are increasingly turning to a non-court method to settle virtually any type of disagreement. It's called alternative dispute resolution (ADR)–and it's guaranteed to save your company both time and money, maybe even a crucial client. Alternative Dispute Resolution for CPAs is a powerful, revolutionary tool for controlling litigation costs. This self-paced course introduces you to various alternative dispute resolution methods and shows you how they can be used effectively in a CPA practice and by financial managers in business and industry. Let's face it, if your company has to go to court, it will spend many thousands of dollars in legal fees, squander hours of precious time (not to mention effort), and fall victim to the bitterness, anger, and resentment created by legal battles–all this, even if the suit is eventually dismissed. But with Alternative Dispute Resolution for CPAs, you'll resolve disagreements before they become court cases, keep important business relationships on friendly terms, and put a cap on skyrocketing legal costs.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize the drawbacks and limitations of litigation and determine when ADR would be more effective than litigation
  • Understand the differences between mediation, arbitration, and other ADR techniques–and decide which is best suited to your specific case
  • Use ADR techniques to salvage business relationships endangered by disagreement or dispute.
  • Settle employment disputes, resolve partnership disputes, and calm client disputes–without alienating anyone
  • Set up an in–house ADR program, and more.

Main advantages of alternative dispute resolution:

  1. Quick resolution
  2. Lower costs
  3. Confidentiality
  4. Fairness
  5. Flexible remedies
  6. Choice of decision-maker
  7. Preservation of relationships.

Course Objective:

Gain the information and skills you need to adopt alternative dispute resolution methods in your business.

About This Course:

As one course among many offered in the American Management Association's curriculum, Alternative Dispute Resolution for CPAs provides CPAs with the information and skills they need to adopt alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods in their businesses. The course compares and contrasts mediation, arbitration, arb/med, mini-trials, summary jury trials (mock trials), early neutral evaluation (ENE), and rent-a-judge with litigation. The content emphasizes using ADR to maintain business relationships in the face of disagreements and disputes, to settle employment disputes, and in an accounting practice.

Both professionals and businesses recognize that litigation is a serious cost that needs to be managed. The course shows how CPAs can assist their employers in managing litigation costs by employing ADR techniques in a number of areas. ADR is one of a new set of tools that can be used to enhance profitability and to settle disputes without alienating employees, customers, or clients. With the consolidation currently taking place among accounting firms, the ability to work through disagreements is becoming a critical skill through which both the accounting practitioner and the accounting client can add value.

James John Jurinski, J.D., C.P.A., is Associate Professor at the University of Portland (Oregon) School of Business, where he teaches tax and business law courses to both graduate and undergraduate students. He also maintains a law practice in Portland and is a frequent speaker before professional groups. He formerly worked for one of the "Big Five" accounting firms. Jurinski, a graduate of Hamilton College and the Northwestern University School of Law, is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. He is also the author of numerous articles and books on business, tax, and legal topics.

The publisher would like to thank the following people for their review of the manuscript of this course: David P Abrams, C.P.A., Abrams, Little-Gill, Loberfeld, Tishman & Witty, P .C., Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Robert Meade, Senior Vice President, American Arbitration Association, New York, New York; and Barbara E. Stedman, Director, Middlesex County Multidoor Courthouse, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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