Audio CD + Course Book

Family Law From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

January, 2018

Product ID#:

78134CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CA CLE - 12.00
From Event: Family Law From Start to Finish, held January 2018.

Program Description

This insightful guide will provide you with procedural guidance, how-to's, sample forms, and best practices so you can build a strong starting point or receive a practical refresher for an existing practice. You will also learn how to navigate special, hot-button issues such as the growing impact of social media in litigation and how to properly tackle frustrating support/income issues. Don't miss this opportunity to gain foundational knowledge and strategies that are critical to family law success - order today!

Course Content

DAY 1

  1. Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc.
  2. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
  4. Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More
  5. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
  6. Valuing and Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce

DAY 2

  1. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
  2. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
  3. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
  4. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
  5. Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
  6. Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 12.00 CA - Credit Approval Expiration 01/22/2020 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

DAY 1

  1. Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc.
    9:00 - 9:45, Linda L. McLarnan-Dugan
  2. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
    9:45 - 10:30, Linda L. McLarnan-Dugan
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
    10:45 - 11:45, Vicki J. Greene
    1. Annulment vs. Separation vs. Divorce
    2. Advising Clients About ADR Options
    3. Jurisdictional Considerations, Case Filing and Service of Process
    4. Case Information Statements
    5. Emergency and Preliminary/Temporary Orders
    6. Procedural Rule Pitfalls to be Aware of
  4. Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More
    12:45 - 1:45, Vicki J. Greene
    1. Discovery Timing and Extensiveness
    2. Effective Use of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admission, etc. (with Samples)
    3. How to Respond to Interrogatories and Requests for Documents
    4. Reading Complex Tax Forms
    5. E-Discovery Tips (with Sample Subpoenas)
    6. How to Authenticate and Admit Electronic Evidence
    7. Social Media's Impact on Litigation
    8. When and How to Use Discovery Motions (with Samples)
  5. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
    1:45 - 3:00, Jay B. Abrams
    1. Interests in Closely Held Entities and Intangible Assets
      1. Standards of Value
      2. Premise of Value
      3. Three Valuation Approaches
      4. Valuation Methods and their Strengths and Weaknesses
      5. Commingling of Business and Personal Expenditures
      6. Should Appraisers Attempt to Equalize Future Values Between In- and Out- Spouse?
    2. Marital vs. Non-Marital Assets
      1. A Business vs. an Education
      2. Effects of Prior Ownership Before Marriage
    3. Dividing Real Estate
    4. Dividing Debt Between Spouses
    5. Which Financial Experts to Use
  6. Valuing and Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce
    3:15 - 4:30, Lorrina M. Duffy and Louise Nixon
    1. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
    2. Retirement and Benefits for State Workers and Teachers
    3. Military Retired Pay
    4. Federal Employees Retirement System and Civil Service Retirement System
    5. Railroad Retirement System
    6. IRAs

DAY 2

  1. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
    9:00 - 10:00, Shane Read
    1. Filing Status of Divorcing Parties
    2. Tax on Sale/Transfer of Assets
    3. Spousal Support Taxation
    4. Child Tax Benefits
  2. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
    10:00 - 11:00, Jennifer L. Skolnick
    1. Best Arguments to Make in Negotiations
    2. Preparing for and Going to Mediation
    3. Hearings and Trial: What to Expect and How to Prepare
    4. Direct and Cross Examination in Divorce
    5. Drafting Final Orders
  3. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
    11:15 - 12:15, Aaron Abramowitz
    1. Bringing Contempt Issues to Court
    2. Child Support Enforcement
    3. Custody/Visitation Order Violations
    4. Violations of Restraining Orders
    5. Forcing the Other Party to Deliver Property
  4. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
    1:15 - 2:15, Melinda A. Manley
    1. Child Support Guidelines and Calculations
    2. Interfacing with Child Support Agencies
    3. Alimony/Spousal Support Guidelines
    4. Actual Earnings vs. Earning Capacity, Overtime, Bonuses, etc.
    5. How to Modify Child and Spousal Support
  5. Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
    2:15 - 3:15, S. Roger Rombro
    1. Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
    2. Sole Custody vs. Shared Parenting
    3. Custody Evaluations
    4. Third Party Visitation Rights
    5. Relocation Requests
    6. How to Modify Custody and Visitation Orders
    7. Paternity Actions
    8. Drafting Parenting Plans
  6. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, S. Roger Rombro
    1. Recouping Attorneys' Fees
    2. Preventing Burnout
    3. Client Communications and Managing Expectations
    4. Client's Best Interests vs. the Child's Best Interests

AARON ABRAMOWITZ is an attorney with Enright & Ocheltree, LLP, where he heads the family law department. He was formerly an associate at Kolodny Law Group and Trope and Trope LLP. Mr. Abramowitz currently sits on the board of Thrive | Survive, a project of the Giving Back Fund, a non-profit organization benefiting Los Angeles' young adult cancer survivors. He earned his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School. While attending Loyola Law School, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Donna Goldstein of the Superior Court of Los Angeles and graduated on the Dean’s List. Mr. Abramowitz also received the Outstanding Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) for his indigent juvenile defense work through the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School. He has lectured on various issues in family law for National Business Institute and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

JAY B. ABRAMS, ASA, CPA, MBA, specializes in valuing privately-held businesses. Mr. Abrams is the president of Abrams Valuation Group, Inc., a business valuation firm with offices in North Hollywood, California and New York. He is the author of two books published by McGraw-Hill: Quantitative Business Valuation: A Mathematical Approach for Today's Professionals, © 2001 and How to Value Your Business and Increase its Potential, © 2005. The second edition of Quantitative Business Valuation is published by John Wiley & Sons. Mr. Abrams is nearly finished with a book on the valuation of S corporations and other non-tax entities. He has published several quantitative articles in the American Society of Appraisers' Valuation Journal, Business Valuation Review and The Valuation Examiner. CFO Magazine wrote articles about both of his books and interviewed him for an article about valuation in its 20th anniversary issue in March, 2005. During its existence, Mr. Abrams was a columnist on a panel of experts to answer difficult questions posed by valuation practitioners in Business Valuation Q&A, Business Valuation Resources, LLC, Portland, Oregon. Mr. Abrams has invented several valuation models and approximately 150 valuation formulas. Plaintiff's economist used Abrams Valuation Group, Inc.'s economic components model for the discount for lack of marketability in Maris Distributing Co. v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 302 F.3d 1207 (11th Cir. 2002). He earned his M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, where he also took graduate courses in the Department of Economics. Mr. Abrams earned his B.S. degree from California State University, Northridge, where he received the Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) Outstanding Accounting Student Award. He has spoken in a variety of different professional and public forums about valuing privately-held businesses, including: the State Bar of California, the 2001 AICPA conference in Dallas; the 1998 Conference of the National Association of Valuation Analysts; the 1996 International Conference of the American Society of Appraisers, in Toronto; Anthony Robbins' Mastery University; National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Conference. Mr. Abrams has taught business valuation as continuing legal education in many law firms and seminars at the University of Southern California, University of California at San Diego Extension, the University of San Diego Law School for U.S. Tax Court Justice David Laro, USC Graduate School of Business for Professor Thomas Taulli, and California State University at Northridge Business School for Professor Vincentiu Covrig.

LORRINA M. DUFFY has been practicing law since 2006. Her practice at QDRO Counsel Inc, APC focuses exclusively on retirement benefits, drafting, reviewing and issuing opinions on QDROs. She handles for family law attorneys and/or their clients the division of all types of retirement plans, from qualified domestic relations orders for private plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), domestic relations orders for public or governmental plans, to IRC §408 Orders to divide Individual Retirement Accounts. Ms. Duffy is familiar with and keeps abreast of changes to ERISA, case law, other governmental codes or regulations affecting retirement plans. Her prior litigation and family law experience is a great asset when navigating pension division through state court or negotiating issues with the parties. Ms. Duffy earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She volunteers as a QDRO attorney for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a non-profit which provides free legal services for low income families in turmoil. Ms. Duffy also is on the board and treasurer for the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, which provides scholarships for law students and recent law graduates studying for the bar exam. She is fluent in Spanish.

VICKI J. GREENE is the senior and founding partner of the Law Offices of Vicki J. Greene, where she practices exclusively in family law, including high-end complex litigation, custody, support and financial issues. Ms. Greene has been practicing law since 1979. She has lectured for National Business Institute on family law issues. Ms. Greene is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Family Law Section) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association (Family Law Section). She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis and her J.D. degree from the University of West Los Angeles.

MELINDA A. MANLEY is an attorney at Rombro & Associates. She was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California in 1996. Ms. Manley has practiced extensively in the field of civil, business and employment law, and has handled arbitrations and trials. She also clerked for judges of the superior court in civil, family, and complex litigation. Before attending law school, Ms. Manley was the director of human resources at a national publishing company in New York City, New York. For the past 11 years, she has practiced primarily in the area of family law, and has been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a certified specialist in family law. Ms. Manley also has volunteered as a daily settlement officer in the Central District. She earned her B.A. degree from Marymount Manhattan College and her J.D. degree from Whittier School of Law.

LINDA L. MCLARNAN-DUGAN has more than 23 years of experience in the legal field, as a practicing attorney. Her areas of practice include all areas of family law, probate, conservatorships, guardianships, and estate planning. Ms. McLarnan-Dugan negotiates settlements when possible but is an experienced family law litigator and well versed in the procedures needed to get a case through trial. She is a member of the State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar, Pasadena Bar Association; and chair, 2011- 2014 Pasadena Family Law Bar. She has been named Top Pasadena Attorney Award recipient three years in a row. Ms. McLarnan-Dugan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and her J.D. degree from the University of West Los Angeles College of Law.

LOUISE NIXON has practiced law since 1994, specializing in retirement benefits, specifically determining the community or marital interest in pension benefits earned through employment and in consulting and/or drafting appropriate orders for the division and disposition of those interests. Ms. Nixon is founder and president of QDRO Counsel Inc, APC. Over her tenure in this area of law, she estimates to have drafted, reviewed and issued opinions on well over 10,000 QDROs. Ms. Nixon is a recurrent family law court appointed expert on QDROs. She is a frequent speaker for family law groups and bar associations, employee benefit groups, and local to national continuing legal education (CLE) organizations.  Ms. Nixon is frequently quoted in publications including the New York Times, WSJ and ACFLS magazine. She has been a multiple recipient of California’s Top Attorneys for pension benefits (as published in Pasadena Magazine). For over a decade, Ms. Nixon has prepared pro bono QDROs for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (hbcfl.org), a non-profit which provides free legal services for low income families in turmoil, and she continues to serve on its board. she earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis and her J.D. degree from Whittier Law School. Ms. Nixon is also a member of the QDRONES, a national study group.

SHANE READ, CPA/ABV, CFE with Shane Read CPA Accountancy, specializes in business valuation and litigation support relating to financial issues. His experience encompasses a wide range of issues in family law and civil litigation, including business appraisals, tracing of separate property, income available for support, damage analysis, and uncovering unreported income and hidden assets. Mr. Read graduated with a M.S. degree in accounting from the University of Tampa and has been working in public accounting since 2007. While in Tampa he gained three years of experience in external audit and income tax preparation. Mr. Read is licensed as a certified public accountant by the state of California. He has served as a court appointed expert under Evidence Code 730. He is a certified fraud examiner, and has been given the title of accredited business valuator by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He appreciates the growth opportunities and challenges that business valuation and litigation support afford.

S. ROGER ROMBRO is an attorney in the Manhattan Beach law firm of Rombro & Associates and is a certified specialist in family law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He clerked for the Honorable Stanley N. Barnes, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit immediately following law school. Before entering private practice, Mr. Rombro was a deputy district attorney for the county of Los Angeles. He has been lead counsel in nearly 4,000 trials in the state and federal courts, nearly 300 of which were before juries. Mr. Rombro also is a lecturer and materials author for family law, domestic relations, ethics, and trial advocacy with National Business Institute. He was co-chair of the Children’s Issue Sub-Committee of the State Bar of California, Los Angeles Regional Standing Committee, and after being appointed by the Board of Trustees, is currently serving his second of a three year term of office to the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, otherwise known as “FLEXCOM.” Mr. Rombro's duties with FLEXCOM include those as membership chair. He is a member of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills bar associations. Mr. Rombro is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University School of Law.

JENNIFER L. SKOLNICK is an attorney with Skolnick Family Law. She is a certified specialist in family law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Skolnick’s experience includes handling all aspects of family law, particularly relating to divorce, paternity and custody issues, and post-judgment modification matters. She is on the Family Law Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Monica Bar Association. Ms. Skolnick also serves as the vice chair of the Los Angeles Regional Standing Committee of the California State Bar. She has served on the Pro Bono Panel of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and has been awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate by the State Bar of California for her pro bono legal services. She earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles; and her J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York, where she was on the Dean’s List, and Trial and Appellate Moot Court teams.

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Continuing Legal Education

CA CLE: 12.00 Credit Approval Exp
01/22/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and may qualify for up to 12.0 hours of self-study credit, of which 1.0 hour will apply to legal ethics self-study credit. NBI, Inc. certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. NBI, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider - #53.


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