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Divorce Law Boot Camp

Audio CD + Course Book

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April, 2018

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From Event: Divorce Law Boot Camp, held April 2018.

Program Description

Can you navigate the divorce process with ease? Are you looking for practice pointers, best practices and sample forms to build your divorce practice? This guide will provide you with a solid foundation and real-world tips for handling each key step of a divorce case. Start the case off on the right foot, streamline your motion practice, pick up discovery tools, get insights on valuing/dividing marital property and more. Order this information-packed primer today!

Course Content

  1. Client Intake and Preliminary Steps
  2. Motions in Divorce (with Samples)
  3. Discovery Procedure and Finding Hidden Assets
  4. Valuing and Dividing Assets
  5. Custody, Visitation and Support: A Practical Guide
  6. Negotiating the Final Settlement and Trial
  7. Legal Ethics

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 7.20 NJ * 11/15/2018
CLE 7.00 NY * 04/24/2020
CLE 6.00 PA * 04/24/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 9:45, Thomas M. Clark
    1. Client Interview and Initial Analysis
    2. Answers to Common Client Questions
    3. Process Selection and Informed Consent
    4. Venue and Jurisdiction Considerations
    5. Pleadings and Responses (w/Samples)
    6. Sample Intake Form
    7. Divorce Law Checklist
    9:45 - 10:30, Amy J. Phillips
    1. Key Considerations
    2. Procedures for Making and Responding to Motions
    3. Protective Orders
    4. Motions for Temporary Orders (Support, Custody, etc.) - with Supporting Documentation
    5. Effective Use of Discovery and Other Pre-Trial Motions
    10:45 - 11:45, Amy J. Phillips
    1. Disclosure Requirements
    2. Timing and Scope of Discovery
    3. Effective Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admissions
    4. Responses and Objections
    5. Subpoenas to Banks, Phone Companies, Social Media Companies, etc.
    6. Depositions in Divorce
    7. Social Media, Email, Smartphone Evidence, etc.
    8. Finding Undisclosed/Hidden Assets: Tips and Techniques
    9. Sample Discovery Requests and Checklists
    12:45 - 1:45, Kristopher T. Smull
    1. Tracing Commingled/Transmuted Assets
    2. Real Property
    3. QDROs and Retirement Plans
    4. Stock Options
    5. Business Valuations
    6. Trust Valuations
    7. Intangible Property
    8. Life and Health Insurance
    9. Debt, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
    10. Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
    11. Settlement Traps to Avoid
    12. Basic Tax Issues to be Aware of
    1:45 - 2:30, Kristopher T. Smull
    1. Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
    2. Tips for Negotiating Child Custody and Visitation
    3. Sample Parenting Plan
    4. Child Support Considerations, Calculations, Guideline Worksheet, Deviations
    5. Spousal Support Considerations, Calculations, Deviations
    2:45 - 3:30, Gerryanne Cauler and Jeffrey C. Murse
    1. Negotiating and Drafting the Marital Settlement Agreement (w/Sample)
    2. Hearings/Settlement Conferences
    3. Pre-Trial Preparation
    4. Trial Process and Procedure
    5. Getting Your Evidence Admitted
    6. Practical Trial Pointers
    7. Preparing/Reviewing the Final Judgment (w/Sample)
    8. Post-Divorce Wrap-Up
    9. Sample Checklists
    3:30 - 4:30, Thomas M. Clark
    1. Conflicts of Interest Checks
    2. Declining Representation
    3. Attorneys' Fees
    4. Setting Clear Expectations with Clients
    5. Emails and Confidentiality
    6. Dealing With a Pro Se Litigant

GERRYANNE CAULER has lived in Lancaster County for more than 20 years. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs. She graduated from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. She received a diploma in nursing from Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s of Nursing Science from Immaculata University, Malvern, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Ms. Cauler was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2003. Prior to joining Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat, PC, she practiced in the area of medical malpractice defense in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ms. Cauler then practiced in the area of family law for two separate firms in multiple counties including Lancaster County and York County. Ms. Cauler has argued successfully before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and been the author of several successful appellate briefs. She has represented the interests of hospitals, nurses, physicians and all levels of healthcare providers. As a family law attorney, she has represented individuals in all aspects of domestic law including custody, support, equitable distribution, guardianships, adoptions and change of name cases. She has a unique understanding and empathy for the struggles her family law clients face. Whether clients needs are divorce, custody, or the provider for children with all types of needs, Ms. Cauler brings her personal and professional experience to her cases. Her own experiences have resulted in a strong desire to bring about the best outcome in every case. Ms. Cauler has presented numerous continuing legal education seminars for National Business Institute on custody and discovery in family law matters. Also, she has spoken widely on topics related to health care for both lay and professional audiences. Ms. Cauler is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania courts, as well as the U.S. Court for the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the York County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

THOMAS M. CLARK is an attorney in the law firm of Colgan & Associates, LLC, where he focuses his practice in family law, divorce, custody and support issues. During his years of practice, he has handled hundreds of family law cases. Mr. Clark is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from College Misericordia. He began his career as a law clerk with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's Office of the Chief Counsel. Mr. Clark is a former senior deputy public defender with the Dauphin County Public Defender's Office. He was trained in collaborative practice in 2010. The majority of Mr. Clark's practice occurs in surrounding counties, which include York, Dauphin, Cumberland, Adams and Perry.

JEFFREY C. MURSE is an attorney with Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat, PC, where he focuses his practice in the areas of family law and veteran law. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Mr. Murse commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps in 2006. As an attorney in the JAG Corps, Mr. Murse provided legal counsel in family law, estate planning, and contract matters, and he defended military members against criminal prosecution at courts-martial. He was awarded both the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal for his outstanding legal counsel to hundreds of military beneficiaries. Mr. Murse earned his B.S. degree from de Sales University in Allentown, PA and his J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg.

AMY J. PHILLIPS is an attorney with Leslie S. Artz, Esquire, where she focuses her practice in the areas of family law, divorce, custody, support, adoption, grandparent rights, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, collaborative law, criminal defense and estate planning (wills, health care directives, powers of attorney). Ms. Phillips has been a lecturer at numerous public service seminars regarding divorce, custody and support. She is a former co-editor of articles for the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, the quarterly publication for the Family Law Section of the PBA. Ms. Phillips is a member of the American, Pennsylvania (of counsel, Family Law Section, Programming Committee) and York County (secretary) bar associations and the Family Law sections of those associations. She received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales and her J.D. degree from Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.

KRISTOPHER T. SMULL is an experienced family lawyer with the firm Colgan & Associates, LLC. He is experienced in all areas of family law and serves clients in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Lancaster, Perry, York, Adams and Franklin counties. Mr. Smull is a member of the Pennsylvania (Family Law Section), Dauphin County (Family Law Section), and York County (Family Law Section) bar associations. He earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his law degree from Widener University School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

NJ CLE: 7.20 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.20
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of alternative format CLE credit. Of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of alternative learning format credit for ethics/professionalism. No more than 12.0 hours of alternative learning format CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

NY CLE: 7.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 6.00, Ethics: 1.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 6.0 hours can be applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.

PA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

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