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.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
2:15– 2:45 p.m.
How to Effectively Draft a Pretrial Memorandum that Conveys Your Client’s Interest and Position Without “Giving Away the Store” or Offending the Judge
2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
When and How to Retain an Expert
3:00 p.m. –3:15 p.m.
The Different Ways to Value Real Estate, Business Interest and Other Intangible/Nontangible Interests
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Question and Answer Session
3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
How to Effectively Negotiate an Agreement Using Your Knowledge of the Case and Your Expert’s Opinion
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Checklist and Highlights for an Appropriate Settlement Agreement
4:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Analysis of Discovery Orders, Deadlines, Masters, and Pretrial Orders
4:15– 4:30 p.m.
Tips from the Bench
4:30 –4:35 p.m.
Three Takeaways
4:35 –5:00 p.m.
"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., Barach Law Group, LLC, Framingham
Carlos Maycotte, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston