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Boston Bar Announces Four Free "Nuts & Bolts" Courses

Monday, February 11, 2013

Responding to increased demand for basic, practical skills sessions on topics essential for practicing in the real world, the Boston Bar Association today announced four free new nuts and bolts courses for the month of February: 

A Practical Guide to Estate Administration
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
This brown bag lunch presentation will provide an overview of estate administration topics in Massachusetts. The target member of the audience is the practitioner who wants a practical and fundamental review of Massachusetts estate administration. The speakers will focus on estate administration under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, administration of non-probate assets, trust administration, estate taxes, income taxes, and disclaimer planning.
Faculty: Christopher D. Perry (Northern Trust) and Amy R. Lonergan (Bingham McCutchen LLP)

Land Use & Development Update on Standing Law
Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
Join the Land Use & Development Committee for a lively discussion of recent cases and trends in standing law, under both Chapter 40A and the City of Boston Zoning Enabling Act. 
Faculty: Adam Cederbaum (Office of the Corporation Counsel City of Boston) and Daniel P. Dain (Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C.)

The Nuts and Bolts of Flat Fee Billing
Friday, February 15, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
Join the Solo and Small Firm Section for a discussion of flat fee billing structure. We will delve into the nuts and bolts and answer the following questions: How does flat fee billing work? When do clients pay? What if someone doesn't pay? Do you still require a retainer? What does your Fee Agreement look like? How did you determine your fees? How do you protect yourself so you're not undercharging? How do you provide for unexpected legal needs? Has a client ever contested the fee after the fact? (i.e. You charge $1000 for a court hearing that then only lasts from 8:30 until 9:45 am)
Faculty: Irvin J. Rakhlin (Rakhlin Law) and Christopher Marston (Exemplar Law Partners, LLC)

Nuts and Bolts of the Health Care Cost Containment Law for Provider and Payer Counsels 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Health Care Cost Containment Law, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on August 6, 2012. This complex law will have a significant impact on providers and payers in both the near and long-term future. Join the Health Law Section for a brown bag lunch to hear about those changes from one of the staff authors of this new law.
Faculty: Karbert S. Ng  (Joint Committee on Health Care Financing)

Family Law Committees

  • Family Law Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the family law bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or writing for the newsletter or blog, contact the Co-Chairs.

    Contact Information

    Melinda Markvan

    Markvan Law LLC

    (617) 784-6832

    Brian McLaughlin

    Brian McLaughlin Esq. LLC

    (617) 236-5847

  • Family Law Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover family law issues.

    Contact Information

    Peter Jamieson

    Perocchi Family Law Group

    (978) 681 5665

    Alisa L. Hacker

    Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

    (617) 227-3030

    Katherine M. Potter

    Law Office of Katherine M. Potter

    (617) 877-8664

    Jessica M. Dubin

    Lee & Rivers LLP

    (617) 266-6262

  • Family Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes in the law. Family law attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Gayle Stone-Turesky

    Stone, Stone & Creem

    (617) 523-4567

    Frances M. Giordano

    Rubin and Rudman, LLP

    (617) 330-7008

  • Family Law Public Service Committee
    This committee focuses on educating and training members about various pro bono opportunities. The committee also organizes community service and student outreach projects for the section.

    Contact Information

    Claire C. Tutwiler

    Rubin and Rudman, LLP

    (617) 330-7045

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.