The Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) is excited to announce a day-long regional training session in Chicago, IL on Friday, April 25, 2008. The session, entitled “SIMA Goes to Court!” features two speakers who will present on handling court cases, developing asset protection programs, and understanding risks in the snow and ice management industry. The morning seminar “SIMA Goes to Court” will be presented by Darryl S. Beckman, Esq., a Snow Business Magazine columnist and 20-year trial attorney. This seminar will focus on discussion of actual court cases involving breach of contract, insurance indemnification, and personal injury and negligence claims. The afternoon seminar, entitled “Protecting Your Assets,” will be presented by G. Kent Mangelson, CFP, Senior Legal Advisor and author of Advanced Tax and Asset Protection Training Manual. This seminar will present detailed information about asset protection, tax reduction, and estate planning. Jennifer Hallett, SIMA’s Director of Education & Certification, says “It is important for snow & ice management contractors to understand the legal side of the industry, providing toward our ultimate goal of safer communities. This program will provide an in-depth look at real issues faced by snow and ice management companies.” The seminars will cover a variety of topics in both lecture and audience discussion formats, including: What to expect when venturing into a court house. Methods of operation to avoid potential claims. Which state laws provide the greatest asset protection. The four most overlooked tax benefits available to business owners . The session will be held on April 25, 2008 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Sheraton-Chicago O’Hare. A Certified Snow Professional (CSP) exam will also be held at the hotel on April 24, 2008 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information or to register, call 414-375-1940 or visit www.sima.org. The Snow & Ice Management Association Inc. (SIMA) is a trade association for those who manage snow and ice. SIMA ensures professionalism and safer communities by helping those manage snow and ice master essential skills and practices. For more information on SIMA, visit www.sima.org.