How to Host a Seminar

Beasley & Ferber attorneys are available to provide free, educational legal seminars anywhere in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Held for years at senior centers, churches, libraries, hospitals, and for civic groups, the seminars are highly engaging, informative, and no-pressure events. To check out video from a seminar, go to our “videos” page.

If you would like to host a seminar for your group’s next function or know of someone who would, please contact us at 1-800-370-5010.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hosting a Seminar

1. We are interested in hosting an estate-planning seminar. What topics will be covered?
During a typical seminar, Attorney Edward Beasley will share a range of important estate-planning information. Topics include how to protect against the potentially catastrophic effects of a nursing-home stay; bullet-proofing trusts from nursing-home costs; protecting inheritance funds from outside creditors and divorcing spouses; and many other important matters.

2. What are the benefits of hosting an estate-planning seminar?
Hosting an estate-planning seminar is a great way to provide valuable programming for seniors and their families or caregivers. These complex topics can be confusing and overwhelming; attendees have reported that the seminar helps make sense of them. A seminar opens your facility to people who might become new patrons, members, or supporters. Additionally, there have been occasions when people choose to make bequests in their estate plan to support the charitable organization hosting the presentation. To find out what several previous hosts have said about the free seminar, check out our host testimonials page.

3. Do we have to pay to host a seminar?
Absolutely not. There are no fees or financial strings attached to any seminar. They are a free public service for attendees and the host.

4. How long is a seminar?
A seminar generally lasts about two hours, which includes plenty of time for audience questions.

5. How many people are likely to sign up?
Seminar attendance ranges greatly depending on the location and venue; registrations have finalized anywhere from 5 to 100 people. Registrations can be capped to fit any space limitation.

6. What time of day is best for a seminar?
Typically, seminars are held in the morning (10 a.m. – noon); early afternoon (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.); or evening (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) However, arrangements can be customized based on what you feel is best for people in your community. Additionally, a “double session” may also be scheduled (an afternoon and evening session on the same day, for example) to accommodate people’s different needs and work schedules.

7. How much space is needed?
Generally, an average seminar room holds 25-50 people, as that is the most common range of attendance for a seminar. However, we will certainly work with any host in arranging the most sensible accommodations.

8. What are the setup requirements?
Not much is really needed. We just request that there are enough chairs for attendees, and that they are arranged “theatre-style,” – essentially in rows. No special audio or visual equipment is necessary.

9. How will I know that people will come?
Many hosts have their own in-house publications, such as newsletters, bulletins, e-newsletters, or websites. We can supply an informational paragraph, photo, or whatever else you need to inform your community members. Additionally, we handle and pay for all outside advertising, which includes local newspapers, online calendars, and flyers to local hotspots. Of course, we also advertise any seminar on our website.

10. How are registrations handled?
We work with hosts to decide how registrations will be handled. A host can take calls and sign-ups; our office can handle them; or we can arrange a combination.

11. I’m worried that people who attend will feel pressured at the seminar. How can I be assured that they won’t be?
A seminar truly is aimed at educating people – not promoting the firm. People are welcome to sit, listen, and take in the information; that can be all. At the end of every seminar, attendees receive a sheet in which they indicate – privately and at their discretion – whether they’d like to set up a consultation with Beasley & Ferber. They are perfectly welcome to move forward, or not.

12. What other kinds of seminars are available?
Beasley & Ferber is able to provide free educational legal seminars in a variety of areas, including for families with children with special needs; veterans; blended families; and same-sex couples.

13. How do I go about arranging a seminar?
To inquire about scheduling any kind ofseminar, please contact our office at 1-800-370-5010.