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Divorce Law: MCLE BasicsPlus!®

An intensive workshop that includes ethical issues in family law!

2180120WAU
3/30/2018
12 Hours
© 2018 MCLE, Inc.
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Product Description

This comprehensive two-day course provides the family law practitioner with the fundamental skills and approaches necessary to effectively represent clients in divorce. Through a variety of lectures, demonstrations, and "hands-on" workshops, you gain the tools to become a proficient divorce law practitioner. First, our expert faculty provides you with the substantive knowledge to handle divorce work—an overview of the core concepts, statutes, cases, and procedural rules that govern divorce practice. Then you learn by "seeing and doing" in special focus groups where the faculty helps you develop the key skills that a new practitioner needs to master: conducting a client interview, preparing the client's financial statement, arguing a motion in court, and negotiating settlement. You'll walk away with a solid understanding of divorce law practice and the skills necessary to be successful. Don't miss this invaluable opportunity to get "hands-on" training and jumpstart your career!

DAY ONE
9:30 – 9:40 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
9:40 – 10:50 a.m
Establishing and Maintaining the Client Relationship;
  • Substantive Law and Procedure;
  • Jurisdiction; Equitable Distribution;
  • Professionalism (civility) and ethics
  • Nancy G. O'Donnell, Esq., Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Boston, Co-Chair
    10:50 - 11:00 a.m.
    Initial Review/Assessing the Case
    Kristine A. Cummings, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston
    11:00 - 11:20 a.m.
    Fee Agreements; Case Management/Fee Arrangements
    Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
    11:20 – 11:35 a.m.
    Networking and Refreshment Break
    11:35 - 11:45 a.m.
    ADR/Collaborative Law/Mediation
    Victoria C. Rothbaum, Esq., Harsip & Stuart, PC, Acton, Co-Chair
    11:35 a.m. – 12:10 p.m
    Contempts and Modifications
    Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
    12:10 – 12:30 p.m.
    Question and Answer Session
    Panel
    12:30 – 1:35 p.m.
    Lunch (on your own)
    1:35 – 2:00 p.m.
    Child Support Guidelines and Support Orders; Financial Statements: The Basics
    Kristine A. Cummings, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston
    2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
    Tax Issues:
  • The Difference Between Child Support and Alimony;
  • 1041 Transfers;
  • Dividing Assets
  • Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
    2:30 - 2:40 p.m.
    Pensions and Retirement
    Victoria C. Rothbaum, Esq., Harsip & Stuart, PC, Acton, Co-Chair
    2:50 – 3:05 p.m.
    Networking and Refreshment Break
    3:05 – 4:00 p.m.
    Do’s and Don’ts on Financial Statements
    Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
    Nancy G. O'Donnell, Esq., Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Boston, Co-Chair
    Victoria C. Rothbaum, Esq., Harsip & Stuart, PC, Acton, Co-Chair
    Kristine A. Cummings, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston
    4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    Day One Wrap-Up/Questions and Answers
    DAY TWO
    9:30 – 9:35 a.m.
    Welcome and Introduction
    Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
    9:35 – 10:00 a.m.
    Discovery
    Nancy G. O'Donnell, Esq., Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Boston, Co-Chair
    9:55 - 10:05 a.m.
    Tips from the Bench
    Hon. John C. Stevens, III, LCP Law Group, Salem
    10:05 – 10:50 a.m.
    Ethical Issues for Family Law Practitioners
    John W. Marshall, Esq., Board of Bar Overseers, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    10:50 – 11:00 a.m.
    Networking and Refreshment Break
    11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Working with the Probation Department of the Probate and Family Court
    Patrice O'Brien, Essex Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
    Questions and Answers
    Panel
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Lunch (on your own)
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Motion Practice; Temporary Orders
    Victoria C. Rothbaum, Esq., Harsip & Stuart, PC, Acton, Co-Chair
    2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
    Motion Session Demonstration
    Nancy G. O'Donnell, Esq., Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Boston, Co-Chair
    Hon. John C. Stevens, III, LCP Law Group, Salem
    Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
    Victoria C. Rothbaum, Esq., Harsip & Stuart, PC, Acton, Co-Chair
    Tips from the Bench on Motions Practice
    Hon. John C. Stevens, III, LCP Law Group, Salem
    2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
    Question and Answer Session
    Panel
    2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
    Networking and Refreshment Break
    2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
    Negotiation and Settlement
  • Four-Way Negotiation Conference;
  • Corridor Negotiation;
  • Pretrial Conference;
  • Settlement Agreement
  • Nancy G. O'Donnell, Esq., Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Boston, Co-Chair
    Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
    4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    Day Two Wrap-Up/Questions and Answers
    Panel

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