CLE Courses

MCLE course credit not available for courses more than 5 years old, even if a certificate is generated.

“What Do You Mean My Tax Returns Can’t Be Trusted” – Establishing Business Expenses After Marriage of Hein

Based on the precedent established in Marriage of Loh, for almost 20 years family law practitioners could rely on their client’s tax returns as being “presumptively correct” and establishing a starting point for the calculation of support. However, Marriage of Hein (2020) upended this well-established presumption. The Hein court concluded that, in the case of self-employed individuals who wholly own a business (or businesses), the burden of proving expenses reflected on tax returns falls upon “the self-employed parent who controls the corporations.” This program will address when Hein applies and how to satisfy the heightened evidentiary burden created by Hein for self-employed parents, as well as subsequent cases which have addressed the holding in Hein.

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Divorce on the Blockchain: NFTs, DAOs, DeFi, and More

The program will inform family law attorneys about the emerging class of assets, organizational structures, and income streams powered by blockchain technology, and how these affect their law practice. The speaker will explain the nature of NFTs, DAOs, DeFi, and other nascent digital concepts; their impact on property, support, attorneys fees, and fiduciary duties; and the unique challenges they present for discovery, valuation, and division.

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“Collection and enforcement of judgments: The good, the bad and the ugly”

This panel will discuss the common methods of enforcement of orders, such as bank levies, stock brokerage levies and wage garnishment. We will also address some more sophisticated methods such as assignment orders, charging orders and receiverships. The presentation will aim to educate family law practitioners about the different post- judgment remedies available as well as the benefits and problems associated with these remedies.Ira is a Certified Family Law Specialist with over 45 years experience in this area. David is also a Certified Family Law Specialist with over 20 years experience in this area. Ira and David have done hundreds of bank levies and wage garnishments and also been successful in more novel methods of enforcement of judgments/orders.

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“Mitigation of Bias”

The Percipio Company fosters inclusive cultures by creating safe spaces for brave conversations. We introduce a common language that differentiates between various types of bias. Through a process of self-reflection & discovery, we strengthen workplace relationships by identifying the hidden (and not-so-hidden) biases that are impacting attorney performance and the practice of family law.

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“Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment”

In this presentation, Mr. Mann provides a review of the brain chemistry of addiction and alcoholism, as well as a discussion of the behavioral and health consequences of the disease. Insights are offered into the personality traits of attorneys and the qualities of the legal profession that combine to make lawyers significantly more susceptible to addiction, and more difficult to treat, than the general population. The presentation includes a case study of an addict attorney, as well as a self-diagnosis exercise for attorneys to utilize if they are concerned that they may have a problem which needs to be addressed. Concluding remarks are directed towards both systemic and individual solutions to the problem, with references to specific strategies and resources available to attorneys. Mr. Mann approaches this very serious topic in a manner that incorporates humor and irony and invites attorneys to engage in a bit of sometimes much-needed self reflection.

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2021 Speaker Series – Part Four “Getting Your Point Across – Cross Examine This” – Main Event: “Business Valuations: Without Me, It’s Nothing”

This seminar will provide attendees with detailed approaches to cross-examination on the issue of business valuation. This seminar will cover cross-examination on issues of characterization and valuation of the business, including valuation method.  Additional factors for cross-examination will include good will, reasonable compensation, retained earnings, promissory notes, date of valuation, and more.

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