Attorneys Representing Children (ARC) of Suffolk County Training

03/18/2015 - 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Featuring a discussion of the nuts and bolts of representing children in high-conflict custody matters including divorce, paternity, visitation and removal disputes, as well as the rewards and pitfalls. With welcome and remarks from Chief Justice Angela Ordoñez and First Justice Joan Armstrong....
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Separation Agreements: The Essential Terms

03/17/2015 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
In this session, panelists will discuss the essential provisions for all Separation Agreements related to: alimony, custody/parenting plans, child support, the division of the marital estate, health insurance, income taxes, and life insurance, as well as the key provisions related to the enforcement and modification of a Separation Agreement....
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Pre-Trial Practice: The Memo, the Four-Way Meeting and the Pre-Trial Conference

02/17/2015 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
This training series is designed to provide a new lawyer or attorneys new to the practice of family law with an overview of the “life of a divorce case.” In this session, the panelists will discuss: What is a Pretrial Conference? When are they held? What are the procedures? Do they vary from county to county and judge to judge? What is expected of parties and lawyers? What is needed at a Pretrial Conference? ...
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POSTPONED: How the Department of Revenue Can Help You as a Family Law Practitioner

02/10/2015 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Department of Revenue representatives will discuss a broad overview about how the Child Support Enforcement Division can assist family law practitioners and vice versa. ...
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CLE - Protecting Your Practice from the Unexpected

01/29/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how to protect you and your practice. Whether you’re just starting out or celebrating 25 years helping clients, if you’re a small firm or solo practitioner, an event that interrupts your practice could put an end to it if you don’t have a plan in place....
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CLE - New Developments in the Use of Parenting Coordinators and Guardians ad Litem

Learn how to effectively approach both GAL's and PC's as witnesses in litigation and how to approach, direct and cross-exam the different types of GAL's. Get pointers on drafting language for separation agreements to grant or limit powers of a PC. After this seminar, attendees will know more about the use of a Guardian ad Litem and the limitations on the use of a PC. ...
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Training Series: Custody and Parenting Plans

01/13/2015 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
This program will discuss an understanding of legal versus physical custody; how to handle custody disputes; what are GALs and when are they needed; what are Parent Coordinators and when are they needed; how to draft parenting plans; what types of provisions should be included in parenting plans....
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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: A Possible Remedy for Immigrant Children and Youth

12/10/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
The training will give an overview of the steps to obtain a predicate order from the Probate and Family Court which will enable an immigration attorney to later apply for SIJS for the immigrant youth. Experienced practitioners will give practice tips, sample pleadings and discuss common issues and challenges. ...
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Planning and Negotiating Complex Divorce Agreements

12/09/2014 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Topics to be covered: How do you handle a difficult, unsophisticated, or unresponsive opposing counsel when negotiating a complex divorce agreement? What are some good drafting techniques which will benefit clients? What kind of leverage is available inherent in the tax code/child support guidelines/alimony reform act? ...
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series: Child Support & Alimony

11/18/2014 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Panelists will discuss the basis for an award of alimony, the Alimony Reform Act and the Child Support Guidelines, including a discussion of tax consequences of each and the methodologies for calculating cases which have both. There will also be a discussion of timing, emancipation and tax exemptions as these issues relate to child support ...
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CLE - The Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law

Learn the best practices and effective solutions when dealing with discretionary trusts, pre and postnuptial agreements, and divorce....
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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

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

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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