In-Person Program

Trying Divorce Cases

Gain valuable insight into how to prepare and try a divorce case

2180059P01
Friday, 10/20/2017, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
6 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Although only a small percentage of divorce cases are actually tried to conclusion, the successful domestic relations practitioner must be prepared to try cases or to successfully negotiate a settlement. This program helps you improve your trial technique by giving you the unique opportunity to observe seasoned domestic relations practitioners in action. Throughout the program, experienced domestic relations trial practitioners try a mock divorce case from start to finish. A real estate broker and forensic accountant testify about the value of a marital home and how to locate and value assets and small business income. A vocational expert explains attribution of income. A Probate and Family Court judge presides over the trial and critiques each segment as it is presented.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a day with litigation experts to gain valuable insight into how to prepare and try a divorce case!

9:00 am -9:10 am
Welcome and Introduction
Donald G. Tye, Esq., Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston, Chair
9:10 - 9:35 am
Negotiation Strategies/ and effective use of Pre-Trial Hearings, Status Conference and Case Management Conference (Rule 409), "Four-Way Meetings", Time Standards, and Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Barbra I. Black, Esq., Black, Vitelli & Pennock LLC, Woburn
A Trial Lawyer's Perspective
9:35 - 9:50 am
Arbitration, Mediation, Collaboration and other ADR alternatives: Working with Lawyers to "Win" for Clients
Laura E. Gibbs, Esq., Gibbs & Heinle, Wellesley Hills
9:50 - 10:15 am
Judge's Comments on What is Expected at Pre-Trial Hearings, Time Standards, and Other Practice Suggestions
Hon. Susan D. Ricci, Worcester Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
10:15 - 10:40 am
Case Evaluation, Discovery, Trial Planning and Preparation (including checklist for "Thirty Days before Trial")/ Requesting an Allowance of Legal Fees, Pendente Lite
Donald G. Tye, Esq., Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston, Chair
10:40 - 11:15 am
Overview of Business Valuation and Methodology
Marc D. Bello, CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, , Edelstein & Company LLP, Boston
11:15 - 11:20 am
Networking and Refreshment Break
11:20 - 11:30 am
Cross Examination of Business Valuation Expert on Present Value of a Business
Gary Owen Todd, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Expert Witness:
David H. Goodman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, Gosule, Butkus & Jesson LLP, Milton
11:30 - 11:50 am
Direct Examination of an Expert on Forensic Analysis of Income and Business Valuation
Mark J. Warner, Esq., Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP, Boston
11:50 - 11:55 AM
Lecture: How and Why to Get an Opinion on the Value of the Marital Home for Your Client
Donald G. Tye, Esq., Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston, Chair
11:55 - 12:10 pm
Direct Examination of a Licensed Real Estate Appraiser on the Value of the Marital Home
Robert J. Rutecki, Esq., Rutecki Law Office LLC, Milton
Expert Witness (Licensed Appraiser)
Morgan Fennell, MRA, The Appraisers Group, Belmont
Noon- 12:15 pm
Cross Examination of a Licensed Real Estate Appraiser on the Value of the Marital Home
Amanda Vanderhorst, Esq., Kates & Barlow, PC, Boston
12:15- 12:35 pm
Direct Examination of a Real Estate Broker on the Value of a Marital Home
Mark J. Warner, Esq., Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP, Boston
Expert Witness (Broker)
Morgan Fennell, MRA, The Appraisers Group, Belmont
12:35 - 12:50
Cross Examination of a Real Estate Broker on the Value of a Marital Home
Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Lawson Weitzen & Bankert LLP, Boston
12:50 - 1:50 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:50 - 1:25 pm
Lecture: Preparation and Use of Financial Statements
Elaine M. Epstein, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
2:25 - 2:40 pm
Direct Examination of Husband on Financial Statement (Use of Discovery and Demonstrative Evidence)
Gary Owen Todd, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Witness (Husband- "Lucky Jones")
Marc A. Moccia, Esq., Kazarosian Costello LLP, Haverhill
2:40 - 3:10 pm
Cross Examination of Husband on Financial Statement (Use of Discovery and Demonstrative Evidence)
Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Lawson Weitzen & Bankert LLP, Boston
3:10 - 3:30 pm
Lecture: Tips on Preparation of Your Client as a Witness in a Divorce Trial
Robert J. Rutecki, Esq., Rutecki Law Office LLC, Milton
3:30 - 3:40 pm
Direct Examination of Party Witness on GL c. 208, §34 Factors (Use of Demonstrative Aides) Wife's counsel ("Lucy Jones")
Amanda Vanderhorst, Esq., Kates & Barlow, PC, Boston
Witness: Wife- "Lucy Jones"
Kelly N. Griffin, Esq., Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston
3:40 - 4:00 pm
Cross Examination of Party Witness (Lucy) on GL c. 208, §34 Factors (Use of depositions, interrogatories and chalks)
Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Lawson Weitzen & Bankert LLP, Boston
4:00 - 4:20 pm
Closing Arguments and Presentation of a Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs (G.L. c. 208 §38)
Barbra I. Black, Esq., Black, Vitelli & Pennock LLC, Woburn
Amanda Vanderhorst, Esq., Kates & Barlow, PC, Boston
4:20 - 4:50 pm
Judge’s Decision and Final Comments
Hon. Susan D. Ricci, Worcester Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:50 - 5:00 pm
Critique and Commentary - "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session
Panel

Special Program Materials:

Table of Contents

Chair

Faculty

Barbra I. Black, Esq., Black, Vitelli & Pennock LLC, Woburn
Morgan Fennell, MRA, The Appraisers Group, Belmont
Laura E. Gibbs, Esq., Gibbs & Heinle, Wellesley Hills
David H. Goodman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, Gosule, Butkus & Jesson LLP, Milton
Richard A. Goulet, MRA, The Appraisers Group, Belmont
Marc A. Moccia, Esq., Kazarosian Costello LLP, Haverhill
Robert J. Rutecki, Esq., Rutecki Law Office LLC, Milton
Amanda Vanderhorst, Esq., Kates & Barlow, PC, Boston

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