Presenter:
Edward J. Thomas, CFLS

21st Annual Spring Seminar: “Call Your First Witness… Expert or Not”

Moderator:Garrett C. Dailey, CFLS Faculty (Bench):Hon. Kenneth Black, Ret.Hon. Louise Fightmaster, Com.Hon. Michael Gassner, Com.Hon. Diana Gould-SaltmanHon. Mark JuhasHon. Thomas Trent LewisHon. Robert Schnider, Ret. Faculty (Bar):Judith Bogen, CFLSJames Crawford, J.D.Barbara DiFranza, CFLSAnn Fallon, CFLSJohn Hodson, CFLSSteven Kolodny, CFLSMichael Kretzmer, CFLSChristopher C. Melcher, CFLSEdward J. Thomas, CFLSPeter Walzer, CFLSRon Brot, J.D. Faculty (Non-Attorney):Ron Anfuso, CPALeslie Drozd, Ph.D.Drew Hunt, CPAMary Lund, Ph.D.Lynne Tracy, M.A., CRC, Richard G. Rappaport, M.D. Expert Witnesses: The Strategy Hon. Kenneth Black, Ret., Steven Kolodny, CFLS Mental Health Expertsin Custody and DVRO Cases:To Use or Not Michael Kretzmer, CFLS, Leslie Drozd, Ph.D., Mary Lund, Ph.D. Goodwill Hunting:The Never-Ending Debate Edward J. Thomas, CFLS, Ron Anfuso, CPA, Drew Hunt, CPA Get A Job!How the Experts Can HelpChristopher Melcher, CFLS, Lynne Tracy, M.A., CRC, Richard G. Rappaport, M.D. Unique Retirement andDeferred Compensation Issues:Experts Required, James Crawford, J.D., Barbara DiFranza, CFLS, Ann Fallon, CFLS Cool Evidentiary Tools for Savvy LawyersPeter Walzer, CFLS, Hon. Mark Juhas Look Ma, No Expert: How to Do It Hon. Robert Schnider, Ret., Judith Bogen, CFLS, Ron Brot, J.D.

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24th Annual Spring Seminar: “Spousal Support: An In‑Depth Analysis for the 21st Century”

Moderator: Garrett C. Dailey, CFLS Judicial Responder Panel: Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman, Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Hon. Mark S. Millard, and Hon. Alice Vilardi Don’t Worry, It’s Only Temporary Christopher C. Melcher, CFLS, and Andrew L. Hunt, CPA, ASA This panel will explore the tactical challenges of setting temporary spousal support. Topics will include pre-filing decisions, guideline vs. non-guideline temporary support, basing support on lifestyle or spending, reimbursement and credits, tax considerations, short marriages, and community income after separation. Martial Standard of Living: The Highs and Lows of It Hon. Lon F. Hurwitz, Hon. Michael J. Naughton (Ret.), and Edward J. Thomas, CFLS Presenting the MSOL at trial: an analysis featuring practical pointers, legal nuances, make-it or break-it evidence, and common misunderstandings and misperceptions in modest and not-somodest estates. The Award for Best Supporting Family Code § 4320 Factor Goes To? Hon. Bruce Iwasaki, Michael A. Guerrero, CFLS, and William Ryden, CFLS Once you have determined the MSOL, to what extent do other Family Code § 4320 factors come into play? This panel will present a number of real life scenarios, demonstrate and provide insight into which factors are important in difference contexts and how to present evidence and arguments to strengthen your case. Beyond 4320 Hon. Patti C. Ratekin, Hon. Claudia J. Silbar, and Michele Brown, CFLS This panel will focus on the interplay between domestic violence, child custody and Family Code sections 4321 and 4322 on the award, modification, and termination of spousal support. From Chaos to Clarity – Establishing a Spousal Support Award Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Hon. Sue Alexander, and John D. Hodson, CFLS Two bench officers demystify the crystal ball and discuss how they establish spousal support. Post-Judgment Modification of Spousal Support: “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” Hon. Justice Dennis A. Cornell (Ret.), Robert E. Blevans, CFLS, and Vanessa Kirker Wright, CFLS This panel will present an in-depth discussion of post-judgment spousal support modifications. The panel will examine what needs to be proven, who needs to prove what and how best to do it in order to obtain a post-judgment modification of spousal support. In addition, the panel will further discuss the post-judgment implications of Family Code § 4323, spousal support modification trends and historical perspectives. Ask the Judges – the Last Word on “Spousal Support: An In-Depth Analysis for the 21st Century” Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman, Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Hon. Mark S. Millard, and Hon. Alice Vilardi Moderator: Garrett C. Dailey, CFLS

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Goodwill Hunting: The Never‑Ending Debate (2014)

Want a quick refresher update on Goodwill? Want an entertaining hour with Ed Thomas rather than an explanation by an accountant? This is a great investment of your time on a topic that is difficult to comprehend by the family law attorney. Ed Thomas explains the basics of Goodwill as applied in family law. How forensic accountants can make or break a case for an attorney regarding the aspects of “Goodwill”. How the courts see and address the goodwill problem.  Through the use of real case examples, a delightfully entertaining slide presentation and handouts, Ed Thomas drives home the important points that can make a success or failure out of one’s trial strategies.

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