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Continuing Legal Education

Welcome to Douglas Smith Professional Education & Consulting

Makes complex accounting concepts understandable & useful for lawyers. You will communicate better & know how to protect yourself and your client against misleading reporting.

Douglas Smith, CPA has provided continuing legal education seminars on accounting topics since 1999. These programs have been sponsored by over twenty state bar associations. He graduated from East Carolina University and studied accountancy at University of Memphis.

Doug performed audit and consulting services for the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young), and was Chief Financial Officer at Sierra Nevada College, where he was also adjunct instructor in the Department of Business. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Forensic and Valuation Section. He holds the fundamental American Institute of CPAs Certificate in Forensic Accounting, with continuing education in fraudulent reporting, concealed assets, depositions, investigative techniques and other forensic matters.

Over twenty state bar associations have been offering the CLE program on understanding financial statements to their members since 1999. Practitioners in business law, commercial litigation, family law, estate planning, corporate counsel and others have benefited from this knowledge.

Navigating Financial Issues in Divorce was developed in 2013 in response to the need for family law practitioners to more effectively address financial issues with which they are faced.

Online Continuing Legal Education

Financial Statement Fundamentals

The basic concepts underlying financial reporting are explained. These principles enable lawyers to use a financial statement, communicate effectively on financial matters and ask productive questions. This program is good for those with little to no accounting background, and for the more advanced it provides updates, insight and is a good refresher. You will learn what do first when viewing a financial statement, and how to recognize the limitations of a report.


Basic Financial Statement Analysis

This is an introduction to some of the most widely employed and useful financial analysis techniques. You will learn quick and easy-to-apply tools and concepts that make a financial report talk to you. Is an entity likely to have problems meeting its financial obligations? Is it financially stable? Is reported past profit likely to be repeated? How well is it managed? These are the type questions you can begin to answer with the specific techniques presented in this course.


The Most Common Financial Statement Manipulative Techniques

his course introduces you to the accounting methods you are most likely to encounter in law practice that can be used to affect reported results. You will learn what to look for, and be better able to ask the right questions. You will discover the tip-offs that alert the financial statement user to a problem. Deceptive financial reporting can range from “fudging” in small dollar amounts to outright fraud. The devices used to carry this out usually fall into one of a very few categories.


Each course is approved for one-hour CLE credit in North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and California (California credit is based on approved jurisdiction. For credit in other states, please contact us).