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In-Person Program

Leveraging Pretrial Preparation to Resolve Family Law Cases Short of Trial

Maximize the chances of getting the results you want without having to go to trial

Wednesday, 2/28/2018, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
3 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

The four words that any new attorney dreads hearing: “Call your first witness.” The primary focus of the program is on how to make the most of a pretrial conference by adequately preparing for the hearing, effectively advocating before the judge and ultimately negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement on behalf of your client. 

In any domestic matter, an attorney’s responsibilities are to gather the necessary information (including the use of experts) in order to evaluate the case, negotiate from a position of strength, strategically convey your client's interests and positions to your judge, and lastly—to set realistic expectations between you and your client as you counsel her on a range of settlement options. This program centers on these critical factors as you proceed to a pretrial Conference.

How to Effectively Draft a Pretrial Memorandum That Conveys Your Client’s Interest and Position Without “Giving Away the Store” or Offending the Judge
When and How to Retain an Expert
The Different Ways to Value Real Estate, Business Interests, and Other Tangible/Nontangible Interests
How to Effectively Negotiate an Agreement Using Your Knowledge of the Case and Your Expert’s Opinion
Checklist and Highlights for an Appropriate Settlement Agreement
Analysis of Discovery Orders, Deadlines, Masters, and Pretrial Orders
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Special Program Materials:

Table of Contents


Kristine A. Cummings, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston


Kirsten M. Demoga, Esq., Law Office of Matthew Barach, Framingham
Carlos Maycotte, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston



  • $202.50 - MCLE Sponsor Member
  • $168.75 - New Lawyer
  • $168.75 - Pending Admittee
  • $168.75 - Law Student
  • $168.75 - Paralegal
  • $225.00 - All Others

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