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Accounting for Lawyers

Accounting for Lawyers (OnDemand)
Originally held on Tuesday, August 01, 2023 | 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Whether you’re a transactional attorney or a litigator, when financial and accounting records emerge in the legal matter you’re handling, it helps to know some accounting basics. The numbers always tell a story—one that may support your legal position.

This basic level program will provide an overview for the non-accountant attorney of key accounting principles including:
  • Introduction of Financial Statements
    •  Types of Financial Statements
    • Users of Financial Statements
  • Overview of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • How to read:
    • Level of Accountant’s Reports
    • The Balance Sheet
    • The Income Statement
    • The Statement of Cash Flows
    • The Notes to the Financial Statements
  • Examples of financial statements by different industries
  • How to analyze financial statements for key indicators and financial statement ratios
  • Effect of COVID-19 issues on financial statements
  • Current developments
  • Fraud issues on financial statements
  • How to read a tax return
    • Tax forms associated with different entities
    • Identifying sources of income
    • Tax deductions that do no equal economic outlay
    • Differences between financial accounting and tax accounting
  • Discoverability of tax returns
    • Federal Statutes
    • Case Law
    • Will a tax return answer your questions
Attendees of this program will be able to recognize the relevant accounting principles at work and how they may impact the outcome of legal matters.

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CLE Credit:
New York: 3.5 Skills
New Jersey: 3.8 General
California: 3.0 General
Pennsylvania: 3.0 General
Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

Program Fee:

$229 Member | $329 Nonmember
This program is free to Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in 2021-2023), In-House Counsel, Judges, or Attorneys  in  Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors.

Please Note: Newly admitted NY attorneys cannot fulfill ethics or skills credits through our OnDemand programs under OCA rules. For more information on this, please see

Program Co-Instructors:
Howard H. Fine, Partner-in-Charge of the Accounting & Auditing Group, Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C.
Dean L. Surkin, Tax Director, Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023


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