This webinar will provide the banker with a basic framework of Business Law including the judicial process. Emphasis will be placed on how the legal system can help/harm the banker including how to avoid a lawsuit due to lender liability through maintaining both ethical behavior and effective negotiations. A review of the stages of litigation, alternatives to litigation including arbitration and mediation, and the borrower’s business structure (from a legal perspective), will be displayed. The webinar will also cover the nature and characteristics of contracts (the promissory note), problem loan situations, and collection efforts. Additionally, banking regulations and tort reform will be discussed. This webinar will also cover the concept of Lender Liability including recent industry trends. This portion will address some of the technical aspects of this often overlooked subject.