Submit CLE Proposals by June 1st
See below for more information

Wednesday, June 9th
Divorce: Taking the "Family"
out of the Family Business

   May 2010

Section News

Annual Meeting Early-Bird Registration Deadline:
May 28th
The clock is ticking and time's almost up for you to get your early-bird registration discount for the ABA Section of Family Law Annual Meeting (August 6-7, San Francisco, CA). Register now and be sure to sign up for our Section Dinner and Annual Awards Luncheon.

The Section Dinner will take place at Le Colonial and offers a chance for you to catch up with your family law colleagues. Spend your Friday night (6:00-8:00 p.m.) with us at this event.

Interested in what's been going on in the Section of Family Law this year? Want to know what's on tap for next year? The Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 7th, is the best place to find out!

Tickets for the dinner are $105; luncheon tickets are $65. Purchase when you register for the Annual Meeting in order to guarantee your spot.

Don't forget to vote for Section officers and council for the 2010-11 year. Voting will take place at the Section Business Meeting on Saturday, August 7, at 9:00 a.m. After the election, stick around for the Council meeting to get a bird's-eye view of the inner workings of the Section of Family Law.

For more information about our events and CLE programs (including "Top Strategies for Taking Your Family Law Practice to the Next Level" and "Representing the Lawyer in a Divorce"), visit the Family Law Annual Meeting website.

If you're ready, you can register online now.

JUNE 1, 2010

Here's a good way to spend your holiday weekend: think of some great CLE programs we can consider for the Spring 2011 CLE Conference in Amelia Island, Florida! Then be sure to submit your proposals by June 1, 2010.

The theme for the conference is "Children and Divorce" and CLE programs will focus on how children are affected through the process of divorce. There are the obvious topics of parenting time and support issues, but please feel free to submit proposals that show a detailed analysis of the effects on children of divorce. (Ex. Your trial practice & techniques program might address children talking with the judge in chambers or child abuse issues.)

Our CLE Committee would also like to schedule some ethics-based programs, so if your program hits on ethics, please make sure to send it to us.

We're also accepting proposals for our teleconference series.

Proposal forms are linked from the CLE box on our Family Law homepage, or you can also access them here:

Download CLE proposal form

Download Teleconference proposal form

So whether you're grilling, barbecuing, sipping a cool beverage, or just relaxing with family and friends, don't forget to keep the creative juices flowing. We look forward to receiving your CLE proposals by end of day Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

Spotlight On...
This feature will return soon. In the meantime, if you know any unsung ABA Section of Family Law members who should be recognized for their contributions to family law, let us know!

E-mail Jean Crowe your nominations for a future "Spotlight On..." feature.


Divorce in the
Golden Years:
Estate Planning,
Spousal Support, and
Retirement Issues
for Clients at
Midlife and Beyond
(includes cd-rom)

Leslie Ann Shaner

Product Code 5130171

Divorcing clients who are 45 years of age and older have special concerns, although it is not enough just to know the law and its application. Often clients are ending a long-term marriage after having achieved some level of personal and financial security. In these cases, the attorney must be sensitive to both the financial and psychological concerns presented by clients in this age bracket.

Divorce in the Golden Years is an invaluable resource for family lawyers, detailing how to handle the financial affairs that a couple has accumulated over time. Topics include: Intestacy and the complicated issues raised when a divorcing client or spouse dies without a will; How to review existing estate plans to avoid complications, and the process of revising or initiating an estate plan after separation but before divorce in order to disinherit a current spouse; and powers of attorney and medical directives.

To see a full listing of topics or table of contents, click the "More information" link below.

More information

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CLE Calendar

June 9, 2010

Divorce: Taking the "Family" out of the Family Business

This program will focus on the difficulties that arise when spouses who co-own and operate a business decide to divorce. Topics will include authority to make decisions regarding the business while the case is pending, compensation issues, dissipation, and access to business information, as well as the effect of one spouse leaving the business on its value. The panel will also discuss different options for settlement in these particularly difficult cases.

Register today!

Annual Meeting
August 6-7, 2010
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA

As you may have just read in the left column, the ABA Section of Family Law will meet August 6-7, 2010, in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting. In addition to our Section's CLE programming, we're also proud to co-produce "The Best Program for Real Lawyers," with General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division.

Register before May 28, 2010, to get the early-bird registration discount and don't forget to sign up for our dinner and luncheon.

Note: If you'll only be attending a few CLE sessions, you may want to register at the Governance Only rate ($195 early-bird) and purchase individual CLE tickets at $75 each ($35 for judges and government lawyers).

Visit the Family Law Annual Meeting website, or register online now.

Fall CLE Conference
October 20-23, 2010
Omni Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX

Texas Two-Step to Fort Worth this October for CLE, networking, and great social events! Our CLE roundup includes topics such as divorce taxation, custody, alimony, law practice management, and ethics, to name just a few.

Registration will open soon, but in the meantime, be sure you have a place to hang your hat.

Hotel Reservations
Reserve your room now! Our special discounted rate is $199.

Make your reservations before Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 5:00 p.m. CT in order to get this rate; don't forget to mention you'll be attending the ABA Section of Family Law Fall Conference.

Omni Fort Worth
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Tel: 817-535-6664
Visit the hotel website

Visit the Fall Conference webpage for more information.


Stay up-to-date on CLE offerings with our CLE Calendar.

Unable to attend a teleconference or a Section CLE conference? Not to worry, you can learn on your own time when you purchase the CLE materials.
See a listing of available CLE materials.

Best of the List Serve

Look for Best of the FamLawEsq to return next month.

Not on the ESQ list? All of our lawyer members are encouraged to subscribe. Read more about How to Join FamLawEsq in the Members Only section of our website.

AICPA Corner

A column by members of the AICPA's Forensic and Valuation Services Section
This month's column is by Donald A. Glenn, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFE, CFF

Read this month's AICPA Corner: Deposition Questions for Financial Experts (You will need to log in to the ABA website.)

Tech Corner

Forget the Fax Machine!

In April 2010, Jim Calloway asked lawyers "Are you still faxing?" It's not clear whether he anticipated that the answer would be a resounding 'yes,' but according to the 2010 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report, while more than two-thirds of respondents (70%) report having electronic fax software available at their firms; only 48% percent of respondents report that they are personally using electronic fax software.

Respondents from firms of 100 or more attorneys are the likeliest users at 67% (up from 59% in the 2009 survey). Surprisingly, solo respondents are the least likely to take advantage of this technology (41% compared with 42% in the 2009 survey).

Perhaps the longevity of faxing technology explains its appeal to lawyers; Robert Ambrogi reported in his chronology of legal technology that fax machines were invented in 1842. Although faxing has a long history, electronic faxing—sometimes referred to as Internet faxing—has an even brighter future as a productivity tool for lawyers.

How electronic faxing works
Electronic faxing is a hosted service. You subscribe to a third-party Internet-based faxing service that converts e-mails to faxes and faxes to e-mails for you. This means that you no longer have to buy and install fax machines, fax servers, modems and special software. Selecting this option includes a number of benefits and costs to take into consideration.


* Quality—Send and receive clear and legible electronic files/documents

* Accessible from anywhere with built-in receipt confirmation

* Print only when necessary, not just to send or receive a fax

* No paper jams or 'out of paper' messages

* Paper size doesn't matter. Can send and receive legal-sized documents as easily as letter-sized docs

* Junk faxes can be deleted without ever wasting the paper to print it

* Confidential—no private fax messages sitting out on a public fax machine

* Easier record management, tracking and reporting of activity

* Save the cost of a separate fax line, paper, toner and maintenance expense

* Convenient—receive faxes wherever you can connect to the Internet

* Availability—no busy signals


* Monthly subscription fees are due and payable whether or not you use all of your incoming or outgoing fax privileges. For high volume offices this may not be an issue.

* Internet access is required. If service is down or inaccessible then you won't be able to send or receive faxes.

* May not be able to get a local number. Ask about the possibility of having your existing fax number transferred to their service; otherwise, confirm with the service that you will have a local fax number. A toll-free fax number may be another available option.

Testing the waters

To get started you need three things; 1) an Internet connection, 2) an e-mail account, and 3) a subscription to an Internet faxing service. As with any hosted service, it's critical to ask potential service providers the right questions in regard to service availability and data security. The ABA LTRC guide FYI: Hiring a Freelancer or Consultant is a good resource to get you started. The following five faxing services are just a few of the many online options on the market to choose from. These services have no activation fees and a free trial period during which you can test drive the service.

* MyFax (Discount for ABA members)
* Nextiva
* RingCentral
* SRFax
* TrustFax

   —Tonya Johnson, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Ask Us! Have you found a great technology deal somewhere? Is there a technology question that's been on your mind? Tell us or ask us about it! We may feature your info or answer your question in a future edition of the eNewsletter. If there's some other technology you would like us to investigate, just e-mail Keep the Tech Corner working for you!

Advertise in the eNews!

Have a program or product you'd like ABA Section of Family Law members to know about? Advertising in the ABA Section of Family Law eNewsletter is a great way to for you to get the kind of targeted exposure you need, and at a very affordable price, too.

For more information, please contact Hilary Glazer.

*Please note that advertising in the ABA Section of Family Law eNewsletter does not constitute an endorsement of the featured program/product.



Family Law Website

What is it?
It's your ABA Family Law place in cyberspace! The ABA Family Law website contains information about your member benefits, Section leadership, committee webpages, and Case Update archives. It also houses the online libraries of Family Advocate and Family Law Quarterly, for those of you who aren't fans of print (or just need to look up something quickly from a recent issue).

It also contains an up-to-date Calendar of Events page that showcases the dates/locations of our upcoming meetings and teleconferences, along with handy links for more information about said meetings.

How can I find it?
Good question. Depending on your point of access, it may be like looking for hidden treasure. But if you just click on the following link and bookmark it, you'll always be able to get to us quickly. Go ahead. Bookmark it now.

ABA Family Law Website .

If you prefer to know the URL, just commit this to memory:

What does the Family Law website have on it again?
It's the place to find committees (or rather, practice areas and family law topics you're interested in), and join them online; you'll automatically be added to their discussion lists and it's another way to network and share topical resources.

If you're trying to find a White Paper on Same-Sex Marriage, the ABA Model Code Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology, or certain Standards of Practice, look no further than our Resources page (click on Standards of Practice, Reports and Recommendations).

The site also features the members-only Resource Center, which contains a host of other useful items, such as Property Division articles for different states.

What are you waiting for? Go explore the Family Law website today!


Hilary Glazer
Please send proposals for future content submissions to the editor.

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