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Basics Conference 2018: Family Law

This program jump starts your practice with substantive law, procedure, practical advice, and insider tips from family law practitioners and specialists with many years of experience. You will learn the essentials of practicing in this area, from client intake to handling your first family law trial.

 

12 Hours MCLE Credit, including .5 Hours in Legal Ethics

Specialization: Family Law

 

 

Gain the knowledge you need to start taking on family law cases. Our family law basics track will provide you with a grounding in the fundamentals and practical details you need to know to handle family law clients. This program provides 12 MCLE hours of substantive law, procedure, practical advice, and insider tips from family law practitioners and specialists with many years of experience. You will learn the essentials of practicing in this area, from client intake to handling your first family law trial.

This is a basic level program and assumes no prior experience in family law. The Basics Conference 2018: Family Law is appropriate for attorneys new to family law practice, those transitioning to the area as well as those seeking a refresher course.

Individual Sessions Include:

This is a basic level program and assumes no prior experience in family law.The Basics Conference 2018: Family Law is appropriate for attorneys new to family law, those transitioning to the area as well as those seeking a refresher course.

On Demand FA97522-191

Recorded September 20 and 21, 2018 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

 

New Admittee Discount: Save $200 if you were admitted in the last 5 years and have not already used your CEB program discount.

Gain the knowledge you need to start taking on family law cases. Our family law basics track will provide you with a grounding in the fundamentals and practical details you need to know to handle family law clients. This program provides 12 MCLE hours of substantive law, procedure, practical advice, and insider tips from family law practitioners and specialists with many years of experience. You will learn the essentials of practicing in this area, from client intake to handling your first family law trial.

This is a basic level program and assumes no prior experience in family law. The Basics Conference 2018: Family Law is appropriate for attorneys new to family law practice, those transitioning to the area as well as those seeking a refresher course.

Individual Sessions Include:

This is a basic level program and assumes no prior experience in family law.The Basics Conference 2018: Family Law is appropriate for attorneys new to family law, those transitioning to the area as well as those seeking a refresher course.

Gain the knowledge you need to start taking on family law cases at The Basics Conference 2018. Our family law track will provide you with a grounding in the fundamentals and practical details you need to know to handle family law clients. This program provides 12 MCLE hours of substantive law, procedure, practical advice, and insider tips from family law practitioners and specialists with many years of experience. You will learn the essentials of practicing in this area, from client intake to handling your first family law trial.

Level: This is a basic level program and assumes no prior experience in family law.

Family Law Client Intake, Preliminary Case Considerations, and Law Practice Management

.5 FA-F8 (Law Practice Management) 1 FA-A(Dissolution); .5 Ethics

Your first family law client just walked in the door--what do you do? Learn how to identify the issues you are likely to face in a typical case, collect the information you need, establish the nature and scope of the attorney-client relationship, and set appropriate client expectations. Topics covered include: what you need to know at the outset, dealing with opposing counsel or party in pro per, retainer agreements, ethical issues, anticipating costs, and more.

  • Determining the client’s needs
  • Jurisdiction
  • Relief available through the family law court
  • Potential conflicts of interest and other ethical issues
  • Fee agreements
  • Full service and limited scope representation
  • Discussing options and costs of representation with your client
  • Special ways for family law attorneys to get paid: liens, attorney fee awards, and sanctions

Parentage, Custody, and Visitation

1.5 FA-B (Custody)

Learn how to establish parentage and obtain custody and visitation orders. In family law cases, jurisdiction over the children is an additional hurdle that can quickly complicate many issues. Ask the right questions from the beginning of the case with the instruction from this section, which will train you how to resolve custody matters from filing the initial petition to entering the final Judgment.

  • When do you need to establish parentage?
  • Requirements to establish parentage
  • The best interests of the child standard
  • Legal and physical custody
  • Visitation, parenting time, regular and holiday schedules
  • Family Court Services mandatory mediation or recommending counseling
  • Evaluators, co-parent counseling, and other mental health professionals frequently utilized in family court
  • Modification of custody and visitation orders

Child and Spousal Support

1.5 FA-C (Support)

Learn how to effectively advocate on behalf of your client on child and spousal support issues. Jurisdiction, procedure, substantive law, and guidelines for setting temporary and permanent child and spousal support will be covered. Learn how to request support, evaluate a support case, prepare and use Income and Expense Declarations, make preliminary guideline support calculations, and effectively advocate for orders.

  • Jurisdiction over support issues
  • Working with DCSS and the State Disbursement Uni
  • Income and Expense Declarations, pay stubs, tax records, and other discovery
  • Working with support calculation softwar
  • Amount and duration of support
  • Modification and termination of support orders
  • Enforcement issues
  • Security for support obligations

Property Division

1.5 FA-D (Property)

What is separate, what is community, and how do you divide it? There are numerous ways that property can be held by the parties and characterized under the Family Code. This program discusses characterization and division of most types of assets and debts, application of the Moore-Marsden cases to division of real property, reimbursements of separate and community property, and much more.

  • Characterization
  • Presumptions affecting property
  • Special issues with the family residence
  • Debts and obligations
  • Reimbursements and credits
  • Retirement benefits, deferred comp, stock options, and other employment benefits
  • Business interests and goodwill
  • Concealed assets
  • Advantages to dividing property by agreement

Financial Discovery and Disclosures

.5 FA-C (Support).5 FA-D (Property); .5 FA-A (Dissolution)

What information do you need to litigate or settle your case and how are you going to get it? We will discuss the importance of developing a discovery plan, the client's role in obtaining information, and the tools available to obtain information from the opposing party and third parties. We will also review options for compelling discovery from uncooperative parties and informal ways to obtain information.

  • Automatic discovery and rights to further discovery
  • Disclosure duties of the parties
  • Seeking depositions, subpoenas, interrogatories, requests for admission, and production of documents
  • Documenting income for self-employed parties
  • Locating hidden or omitted assets and debts
  • Enforcement and contempt proceedings

Requests for Orders

1.5 FA-A (Dissolution)

Many (if not most) issues in a family law case are initially resolved through the filing of motions, or Requests for Orders. We will discuss the types of orders available and what issues are reserved for trial. Procedure for filing requests is covered in detail along with tips for strategically making and responding to requests to put your client in the best possible light.

  • Temporary orders
  • Emergency orders - ex parte procedures and orders shortening time
  • Domestic violence restraining orders
  • Protective orders
  • Custody and visitation
  • Support
  • Attorney fees and costs
  • Other orders and relief
  • Modification and other relief from orders

Case Management and Trial Preparation

1.5 FA-A (Dissolution)

Family law attorneys are expected to have prepared their cases for trial, even though they are also expected to make every attempt to settle. Every attorney who walks into Family Court must understand how to manage a case from the initial filings and requests for temporary orders through discovery and preparation for trial, sometimes over the course of multiple years. Building on the prior sessions, this segment moves forward into pre-trial procedures, case management, and trial prep.

  • Case management plan
  • Meet and Confer requirements
  • Mediation, private judging, and other alternatives to traditional trial
  • Joinders
  • Bifurcation of status or other issues
  • Related issues that must be filed in other courts--Marvin actions, interspousal torts, etc.
  • Trial-setting and settlement conferences
  • Preparing to get documents into evidence and securing attendance of witnesses
  • Bankruptcy, death of a party, and other intervening events

Trial, Judgment, and Post-Trial Matters

1.5 FA-A (Dissolution)

This section focuses on the elements of a family law trial that may differ from other types of litigation and preparation and entry of the final judgment whether you settle or proceed to trial. In addition, learn to anticipate issues that might come up after the judgment is entered with an overview of common post-judgment enforcement issues and an explanation of what provisions are modifiable. Prepare to handle a trial and know how to tie up all the loose ends whether you settle or litigate.

  • Trial procedure
  • Using expert opinion common in family law cases--forensic accountants and psychologists
  • Children as witnesses
  • Motions for reconsideration or to set aside judgment
  • Preservation of record for appeals and writs
  • Preparation of Judgment with or without a Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Which orders in the Judgment are modifiable and how
  • Omitted assets and debts
  • Enforcing the Judgment
  • Closing out the case

REGINA M. FRANCO

Regina M. FrancoRegina M. Franco After practicing in the Metro-Detroit areas of Michigan for several years, Regina M. Franco moved to San Francisco to pursue her yoga practice and to continue her career as a family law attorney. Ms. Franco handles all areas of family law including but not limited to divorce, custody disputes, domestic violence issues, and prenuptial agreements. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Franco offers limited scope services and has handled custody and visitation, support, and post-judgment matters on a noticed limited scope representation basis, as well as undisclosed representation for parties in mediation or proceeding self-represented. Family law issues concern matters of the heart and Ms. Franco’s compassionate and zealous approach to family law has proven to be effective as over the course of her career, the majority of her cases have been resolved through negotiated agreements.

Ms. Franco earned her juris doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Franco received her Bachelor of Arts from Albion College in Biology and French, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She graduated high school from Cranbrook Kingswood in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and studied French at The American School in Switzerland. Ms. Franco believes in humanitarian efforts and giving back to the community. She's participated in several Medical Missions in the Philippines, sat on the Host Committee for SOMArts, obtained permanent resident status for an unaccompanied minor on a pro bono basis through the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and most recently, volunteers at Access Institute, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco that provides mental health care services to those in need and is on the Host Committee for the Spectrum Gala benefiting Access Institute. Ms. Franco is an avid indoor cyclist and enjoys her free time exploring the Bay Area with her poodle-mix, Coquette.

MERLYN N. HERNANDEZ

Merlyn N. HernandezMerlyn N. Hernandez, Los Angeles, CA, is the founder of the Law Offices of Merlyn N. Hernandez. For over thirteen years, Ms. Hernandez has practiced immigration and family law. Her immigration practice focuses on family-based immigration, asylum, removal defense, administrative appeals, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Hernandez has represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits. Her family law practice focuses on cases involving dissolution, parentage, child support, spousal support, property division, pre-marital and post marital agreements. She also a mediator helping parties resolve their cases with alternatives to traditional litigation. Ms. Hernandez is a certified family law specialist. Ms. Hernandez is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Committee, a board member of the California Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). She is involved in AILA as an advocacy/congressional liaison for the Southern California Chapter. She is also a member of AILA’s national committees: EOIR Liaison Committee as well as AILA’s Consumer Protection and Unlawful Practice of Law Action Committee. Ms. Hernandez has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers 2012-2016. She is fluent in Spanish.

FERNANDO M. LUNA

Fernando M. LunaFernando M. Luna is the principal of the Law Office of Fernando M. Luna, focused exclusively on family law matters. Mr. Luna has volunteered for the Los Angeles County Bar Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project, the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, served on the executive committee for the Southern California Family Law Inn of Court, and the Pasadena Bar Association Family Law Program Planning Committee. Mr. Luna also speaks at engagements and seminars throughout the country. He was acknowledged in Pasadena Magazine as one of the top attorneys of 2011-2014. Mr. Luna was further recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012-2016. He received his J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles.

SHANON K. QUINLEY

Shanon K. QuinleyShanon K. Quinley, CFLS is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She maintains a solo law practice in Pasadena, with an emphasis on family law. Ms. Quinley is a frequent lecturer and author on family law issues, and she served as a chapter author for five CEB publications including: California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying, and Enforcing and Family Law Financial Discovery. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012–2018. Ms. Quinley received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. At Southwestern, Ms. Quinley was a member of the Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program where she received accolades for both her writing and oral argument skills. She was also a staff member of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas.

SANDRA I. SALINAS

Sandra I. SalinasSandra I. Salinas, CFLS is a Certified Family Law Specialist practicing with Feinberg & Waller in Calabasas and Beverly Hills. She has extensive legal experience as a civil litigator and family law attorney. Ms. Salinas is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono legal services from the State Bar of California. She is a member of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and a member of the family law section of the California State Bar and represents clients in all aspects of family law litigation including custody disputes and high net worth divorces. Ms. Salinas received her B.A. from Chapman University and J.D. from Western State University.

LISA R. VEIZADES

Lisa R. VeizadesLisa R. Veizades is Of Counsel to Canter Hagan LLP in San Mateo. Her practice includes collaborative practice, mediation, consultation, preparation of pre- and post-marital agreements, as well as litigation. She is a member of the Family Law Section of both the State Bar of California and the San Mateo County Bar Association. Ms. Veizades has served as a volunteer attorney for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, the Ask a Lawyer program on KALW Radio, the Lawyers in the Library program in San Mateo County, and has served as a mediator and temporary judge in the Santa Clara Superior Court. She also volunteers as a mediator and temporary judge for the San Mateo Superior Court. Ms. Veizades received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.A. in Psychology from New College of California, and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

MARSHALL WALLER II

Marshall Waller II, CFLSMarshall Waller II, CFLS is a director and shareholder of Feinberg & Waller in Calabasas and Beverly Hills. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Claims, and all California courts. Mr. Waller taught family law as a professor of law for over 16 years and has often been a featured commentator on local and national television shows. He writes and lectures widely. He also serves as a volunteer mediator and a Judge Pro Tempore for the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Family Law division. He is an appointed member of the LACBA Family Law Section Executive Committee and serves on the Los Angeles Regional Standing Committee of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar. Mr. Waller received his B.S., with Highest Honors, from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo; his J.D. Loyola Law School; and Diploma in Taxation from the University of San Diego.

Products specifications
PRODUCT GROUP CLE
MCLE HOUR > 9
PRACTICE AREA Family Law
PRODUCT GROUP Digital
Products specifications
PRODUCT GROUP CLE
MCLE HOUR > 9
PRACTICE AREA Family Law
PRODUCT GROUP Digital