Topic:
Divorce

Behind the Scenes – “Sole Proprietorships: Uncle Sam Isn’t the Last Word”

This seminar will instruct participants on effective areas of cross-examination in a dissolution of marriage case involving a sole proprietorship. Learn the important documents to request through discovery, key people to subpoena/depose, different approaches to cross-examination based on business type, and how to approach the case with and without a financial expert. This seminar will cover cross-examination on issues of characterization, reasonable compensation, retained earnings, promissory notes, cash available for support, add-backs/perquisites, date of valuation, and more.

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Direct and Cross Examination of an Expert Witness

This is a focused program on the application of the laws of evidence and practical approaches to present your expert testimony to a Judge and get it in evidence. Your case warrants expert testimony. Your client has spent a substantial fees and costs to get the expert to the stand. You must assure your expert presents a powerful opinion for consideration by the Judge. Your success in the direct exam eliminates much of the cross exam before it starts! This presentation will help you assist your expert to tell a compelling story without objections of leading the witness; present understandable testimony; rules for direct exam of experts; objections to anticipate; preparation of the expert (never an outline of questions) and admitting the expert report. Spend one hour and get a refreshing view of another tool for your toolbox.

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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Mistakes, Malpractice Claims, and What to Do When One Happens to You

Unfortunately, most lawyers will experience a malpractice claim (or the threat of a claim) at least once in their career.  For most, this is unsettling and daunting.  This program is designed to familiarize participants with the anatomy of a claim and will address what happens when someone makes (or threatens) a claim against you, what not to do, what your insurance carrier will expect, and what happens when the State Bar is involved.  While hopefully you’ll never need this information, you’ll be glad you have it in your back pocket, just in case.

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Introduction to a Family Law Case – A Virtual Event

There has been much discussion requesting ACFLS broaden its education base, and provide education to encourage and support attorneys entering the area of family law.  We have heard your requests.  This six hour presentation will review a family law case from intake through judgment.   The focus of this program will be practical pointers from both bench and bar.  In other words the things they don’t teach you in the books.  The panelists will discuss each topic from both the attorney’s, as well as a judicial officer’s point of view.  The panelists will debate the issues to show how the various legal issues can be approached depending upon who you are representing.

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Privileges in Family Law

Privileges protect certain communications and other information from disclosure, and are a fundamental part of our justice system.  This program will cover the most commonly used privileges — including the attorney-client privilege, the marital/spousal privilege, the physician-patient privilege, and the psychotherapist-patient privilege — and their application in family law proceedings.  The presenters will discuss the basis for and the scope of these privileges, who holds the privilege, and how an inadvertent waiver can occur.  The program will also address the right to privacy and how it differs from a privilege.

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