Divorce Law Fundamentals Training Series: Section 34 - Income, Assets, Liabilities and Discovery

09/09/2014 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
In session M.G.L. c. 208, § 34 will be reviewed with a focus on the following: a) factors that courts consider in dividing assets and liabilities; b) an overview of the various types of assets and liabilities; and, c) the best means of discovering those assets and liabilities....
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Civility and Courtesy in the Probate and Family Court

06/10/2014 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
We welcome experienced panelists, including Chief Justice Ordonez of the Probate and Family Court, who will address the topic of civility in our family law practices. This includes the importance of showing civility and courtesy to one another and the Court in our practice, the impact incivility has upon our clients and the courts and the expectations from the bar and the bench in addressing this issue....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Training Series: Motion Practice

06/09/2014 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
The Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series is a new program established by the Family Law section. This twelve part training series is designed to provide a new lawyer or a lawyer who is new to domestic relations practice with an overview of the "life of a divorce case." This training will focus on Motion Practice, with the following topics: First, we will provide background, research, and client interviews to prepare to draft Motions; Part Two will discuss the mechanics of drafting Motions, proposed orders and affidavits; Part Three will discuss scheduling, filing and procedural issues; and Part Four will be presenting Motions to court, mediators, and probation officers...
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Training Series: The Financial Statement and Rule 410

05/28/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
This training series is designed to provide a new lawyer with an overview of the “life of a divorce case.” This session will provide information on how to prepare the court’s financial statements and what documents are required to be exchanged at the beginning of a divorce case. ...
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CLE - Alimony and Child Support: Recent Trends

05/06/2014
This program will deliver in-depth analysis concerning recent decisions concerning aliminy and child support. Learn how certain members of the Judiciary approach alimony and child support cases as well as how experienced practitioners are handling their cases in the Probate & Family Court....
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CLE - Closely Held Business Disputes: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations for Litigation and Negotiation

04/24/2014
Learn about the issues that commonly arise in disputes involving close corporations and other privately held small businesses - including privilege and conflict of interests, available remedies for breach of fiduciary duty, the differences between Massachusetts and Delaware law, indemnification of officers and directors, and key provisions in shareholder agreements....
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Children with Special Needs in Family Law Cases

04/08/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
A broad discussion regarding the various issues concerning children with special needs in family law cases. Topics to be discussed include: child support and deviation, custody/parenting time, uninsured medical and educational expenses and financial planning....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series: The Initial Divorce Filing: Complaint v. Joint Petition

03/11/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
The Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series is a new program established by the Family Law section. This training series is designed to provide a new lawyer with an overview of the “life of a divorce case.” The training series will cover topics such as the divorce client interview; filing the divorce complaint; child support and alimony; custody and parenting plans; motion practice; separation agreements and post-judgment issues....
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Domestic Violence Issues in Family Law

03/03/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
In this program, you will hear practice tips from attorneys, about what is happening in the administrative offices of the Trial Court in the area of domestic violence, and learn how you can get involved in helping victims of domestic violence. Judge Maureen Monks will be on hand to provide a perspective from the bench on how domestic violence impacts custodial decisions and other aspects of divorce actions....
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Child Support Beyond High School and Age 18

02/11/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
An in-depth discussion about whether and when child support beyond high school and age 18 is appropriate, including discussion of a recent appellate case on post-emancipation child support....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series: The Divorce Client Interview

01/23/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
The first program in the series will focus on the Divorce Client Initial Interview. Topics to be covered will include the following: How long should you meet? Should you charge? What topics should be covered in the initial meeting? How to explain the divorce process in Massachusetts? What information should be obtained about the potential case? How to make a good impression?...
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CLE - High Conflict Custody Cases

01/16/2014
High conflict custody cases are among the most difficult for lawyers and the court system to handle. Hear tips from the bench on what to do and what not to do when representing a client in a high conflict custody case....
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Avoiding "A Failure to Communicate": Overcoming Language Barriers in the Probate and Family Court

01/14/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Our experienced panelists will address topics including obtaining interpreters for hearings, tips on working with interpreters and providing language access for limited English proficient litigants in Massachusetts generally....
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Where Will the Children be Spending the Holidays? How to Address Disputes Regarding the Holiday Parenting Plan

12/10/2013 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
The holidays are coming. How do you deal with those last minute calls regarding where the children will be spending the holidays? Is there a way to avoid last minute trips to the courthouse? This seminar will address how to approach these potential pitfalls....
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Conciliation Training

12/06/2013 - 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
The Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association cordially invite family law practitioners with at least five (5) years of domestic relations experience to participate in a conciliation training at the Boston Bar Association Headquarters located at 16 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts on October 5, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. ...
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CLE - Prenuptial Agreements – Tips for Drafting, Negotiating and Litigating

12/03/2013
Learning how to draft and negotiate a solid prenuptial agreement is a skill essential to every family law practitioner. Challenging or enforcing said agreement is another area of expertise it is important to develop. Come hear from the experts on prenuptial agreements. Our panel includes distinguished judges and lawyers with extensive experience in the areas of drafting, negotiating and litigating prenuptial agreements. ...
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Preparing and Reviewing Rule 401 Financial Statements

11/12/2013 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
How to draft, read, and deconstruct Rule 401 Financial Statements. Our panel of seasoned family law attorneys will start with the basics of drafting a financial statement and discuss the pitfalls litigants fall into and areas ripe for cross­examination....
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A Candid Bench-Bar Conversation on Judicial Evaluations

11/04/2013 - 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey will discuss the issues concerning judicial evaluation and why it matters. Moderator Jack Cinquegrana,will encourage lawyers to ask questions of the panel and engage in a candid and constructive dialogue to identify ways to improve participation and boost the practical value of the evaluation system....
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A Reception To Congratulate Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez on her Appointment as Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court

10/28/2013 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Please join the Mass LGBTQ Bar and the Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section in congratulating Chief Justice Ordoñez on her selection and thanking her for her continued exemplary service to the Probate and Family Court....
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Representing Clients Involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF)

10/08/2013 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
A 51A has been filed against your client. What steps should you take in representing a client during an investigation? During an assessment? What should you do if a complaint is filed against your client in the juvenile court? How does DCF involvement affect a pending divorce case? This Brown Bag will address these any many other aspects of dealing with DCF....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Family Law and Domestic Relations

09/26/2013
This session will cover issues specific to veterans and members of the military. Topics include the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act; Jurisdictional issues in divorce and child support matters; Division of Military Retirement Pay; Understanding Military pay and allowances; Understanding the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (the agency that implements garnishments and collecting child support); Guardianships; and Abuse Prevention Orders....
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