What's It REALLY Like Practicing Family Law?: Summer Career Series 2015

07/23/2015 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development....
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Bankruptcy and Family Law Roundtable & Networking Reception

06/17/2015 - 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Members from the Family Law and Bankruptcy bars come together to answer questions you’ve always wanted answered about Family Law, Bankruptcy Law, and where the two intersect. Afterwards, there will be a networking event to help you make connections in both fields....
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POSTPONED CLE - Hot Topics in Family Law Practice: The Year In Review

06/02/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The family law section brings you the "hot topics" in family law practice over the past year....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals: Post-Judgment Issues

05/19/2015 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
In this session, the Panelists will discuss: The process for dividing retirement accounts, including when to use QDRO’s and Letters of Instruction. Contempt actions and the process for enforcing the terms of the Judgment of Divorce including when an award of attorney’s fees is appropriate. Modification actions and the process for modifying the terms of the Judgment of Divorce Nisi. ...
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Practical Tips: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases with Complex Social Services Needs

05/18/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Attorneys representing these child refugees may file one or more immigration petitions to prevent the child from being returned back to a situation where their well-being and even their lives may be at risk. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is one such immigration petition that , if successful, can allow the child to remain in the United States. This expert panel will provide practical tips that attorneys can employ to ensure that their child client’s rights and well-being, including the child’s immigration options, are protected and preserved in these scenarios....
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Family Law Special Masters

05/12/2015 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
A broad discussion about how Special Masters, including parent coordinators, discovery masters, and property masters, can assist in Family Law cases, along with their restrictions and limitations....
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CLE - Recent Trends in Alimony and Child Support

04/28/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Join us for an in-depth analysis on the three recent Supreme Judicial Court cases: Rodman v. Rodman, Chin v. Merriot and Doktor v. Doktor. Understand the impact of these decisions on the application of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, as well as how the latest rulings will impact your practice....
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Resolving Disputes Among Family Members: Wills, Inherited Assets, Elder Care, and Family Owned Businesses

04/23/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This panel presentation will address legal issues and interpersonal challenges when you represent clients in disputes with their relatives involving elder care, inherited assets or their financial/employment interests in family-owned businesses....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Series: ADR Options in Divorce

04/21/2015 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Discussions will include an understanding of the various types of ADR options: Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration, Collaborative Divorce and Case Evaluation When counsel should consider using ADR Whether certain issues are appropriate for ADR What types of ADR programs are offered in each county ...
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What You Didn't Learn About Child Support in Law School: Working with the Department of Revenue

04/15/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Come learn how to effectively work with the Department of Revenue on child support cases. The panelists will offer tips and best practices on how to prepare your DOR involved case and what to expect before and after a court session. ...
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Discovery Methods: Ways to Minimize Your Time, the Client's Costs, and Be Prepared for Court

04/14/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn how to conduct discovery in a way that will help minimize a lawyer’s time, a client’s resources and still be prepared for court. The speakers will also discuss how discovery can be utilized to resolve a divorce and other practical tips in effective case planning....
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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

01/20/2015
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

10/07/2014
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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