Client Communication Strategies for Paraprofessionals | 10:00-11:00am Eastern (60 min)
This fast-paced program is designed to provide best practices for effective and ethical communication with firm clients. From the initial client intake through the final stages of a family law matter, communication is key. This program will offer strategies to help you manage ongoing communications even with the most difficult or emotional clients. Speakers will help you understand and navigate bias, as well as other special circumstances that inherently exist with certain types of cases. You will also learn how to navigate issues related to the potential for the unauthorized practice of law, as well as strategies for maintaining client confidentiality throughout the firm’s representation.
Michael A. Mosberg, Esq., Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan LLP, New York, NY
Candace B. Peeples, Esq., Peeples Law, Birmingham, AL
Discovery | 11:05am-12:35pm Eastern (90 min)
Adam J. Turbowitz, Esq., Boies Schiller Flexner, Hollywood, FL
Jessica Kirk Drennan, Esq., Kirk Drennan Law, Birmingham, AL
Introducing Your Client Through an Effective Financial Affidavit | 12:40-1:25pm Eastern (45 min)
Often the Financial Affidavit is the first piece of information the Judge sees from your client. Learn how to collect information and help your client prepare an affidavit that will begin telling the their story to the court in the most effective way possible.
Melissa J. Avery, Esq., Broyles Kight Ricafort, P.C., Indianapolis, IN
Making Trials Less Trying: The Paralegal as Litigation Case Manager | 1:30-2:30pm Eastern (60 min)
This presentation will address how paralegals can effectively assist lawyers in trial planning and preparation. Practical tips will be provided on how lawyers and paralegals can collaborate to prepare for contested hearings and trials.
Steven N. Peskind, Esq., Peskind Law Firm, St. Charles, IL
Tips for Finding Every Hidden Penny in Family Law Cases (income or asset)! | 2:35-3:35pm Eastern (60 min)
This program will be helpful for every paralegal whether experienced or new to family law matters. It’s a nuts and bolts road map to finding hidden assets, getting and proving the real value of property, discovering sources of income and checklists for discovery. Tips for following the trail to uncover this information using public and nonpublic sources will be discussed. These two experienced speakers will provide a legal and financial perspective to consider in every family law case.
Missy DeArk, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, Louisville, KY
Lyne Ranson, Esq., Lyne Ranson Law Office PLLC, Charleston, WV
QDRO Basics for Paralegals | 3:40-4:25 (45 min)
Dividing retirement assets in divorce cases often causes confusion and frustration for everyone involved (clients, lawyers, and paralegals). But, it doesn’t have to be this way! This program will serve to provide a basic explanation of how retirement assets are divided in divorce cases, to enable paralegals to assist their divorcing or divorced clients to get through this process step by step. We will pay particular attention to common mistakes (and strategies to avoid these mistakes). QDRO expert and popular speaker Emily McBurney will explain this complex area of law and finance in this entertaining and fun (really!) presentation.
Emily W. McBurney, Esq., Emily Wi. McBurney, P.C., Atlanta, GA
Time Management Strategy | 4:30 -5:30pm Eastern (60 min)
Richard D. West, Esq., West Family Law Group, Orlando, FL
Edward L. Kainen, Esq., Kainen Law Group, Las Vegas, NV