Seminar Number

8393

 

Early
Registration Fee:

$145

On-Site
Registration Fee:

$165

 

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW

OCTOBER 16, 2013

State Bar of Georgia Headquarters
104 Marietta St. NW • Atlanta

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including .5 Ethics Hour, 1 Professionalism Hour and 3.5 Trial Practice Hours

Co-Sponsor:
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

Presiding:
Shatorree Bates, Bates Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta

7:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)

8:25

Welcome and Program Overview
Shatorree Bates

8:30

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT GEORGIA’S NEW JUVENILE CODE

  • Overview of the New Juvenile Code
  • Child Abuse
  • Adoption Proceedings
  • Deprivation & Termination Actions
  • Dealing with DFCS, Social Workers & GAL’s
  • Juvenile Delinquency & Unruly Teenagers

Panelists:
Hon. Willie J. Lovett, Jr., CWLS, Judge, Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Atlanta
Michelle B. Vereen, CWLS, Gwinnett County Juvenile Court, Gwinnett
Royce L. Bluitt, Brown, Geiger & Associates, Atlanta
Rachel H. Davidson, Department of Family & Children Services, Atlanta

9:30

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT CRIMINAL LAW

  • Abandonment Warrants
  • “Domestic Standby” Requests
  • Purge Orders for Non-Payment of Child Support
  • Indirect Criminal Contempt and Incarceration in Family Law Cases
  • Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending Against Stalking and Protective Orders

Panelists:
Jennifer E. Stolarski, DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office, DeKalb
Jean C. Sperling-Cavallero, Sperling Law Group, P.C., Chamblee
Carol Minn Vacca, The Law Office of Carol Minn Vacca, LLC, Atlanta

10:00

BREAK

10:15

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

  • Overview of structure of small, family-owned and closely held businesses
  • How to advise divorcing owners of and employees at these businesses
  • Employment law remedies for spousal employees facing retaliatory firings
  • Employment law remedies for business owners dealing with spousal employee attempts to sabotage these businesses
  • Discovery of assets, valuation and “equitable division” of these businesses
  • Enforceability of divorce decrees, settlement agreements and third party contracts against family owned businesses

Moderator:
Cherri L. Shelton, The Shelton Law Practice, LLC, Tucker

Panelists:
Glenn M. Lyon, McGregor Lyon, LLC, Atlanta
Nancy C. Sprattlin, McFadden, White, Sprattlin & Davis, LLC, Atlanta

10:45

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT TAX LAW

  • Understanding Tax Returns
  • Calculating Gross income from W-2 forms
  • Federal and State Law on Child Dependency Exemptions
  • Delinquent (Marital) Tax Debts and Tax Liens
  • Managing Taxes in a Divorce
  • Innocent Spouse Laws

Panelists:
Lyonnette M. Davis, Byrne, Davis & Hicks, P.C., Atlanta
Aisha B. Collins, Blanchard Collins Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta

11:15

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT  BANKRUPTCY LAW

  • Overview of Bankruptcy Law
  • Bankruptcy planning when divorce is inevitable—joint filing before and after divorces
  • Bankruptcy and divorce gun power—“The Semi-Automatic Stay”
  • Post-bankruptcy filing payments of Child Support and Alimony
  • Dischargeability of “Domestic Support Obligations”
  • Dischargeability of joint spousal debt, third party debt and attorney’s fees
  • Federal versus state law and concurrent jurisdiction in
    bankruptcy cases

Panelists:
Betty Q.N. Davis, Law Offices of Betty Nguyen Davis, LLC, Roswell
John A. Moore, The Moore Law Group, LLC, Atlanta
Shatorree Bates

11:45
Lunch (Included in registration fee)
12:45

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT GEORGIA’S NEW EVIDENCE CODE

  • Authenticating documents
  • Admissibility of hearsay evidence
  • Admissibility of child testimony
  • Marital and attorney/client privileges
  • Challenging opinion and expert witness testimony
  • Evidentiary legal standards in family law cases
  • Judicial reliance on information obtained via failure to object— harmless or reversible error?
  • Admissibility of emails, letters, social media, police reports, medical and business records containing hearsay

Paul S. Milich, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta

2:45
BREAK
3:00

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT WILLS, TRUSTS AND PROBATE

  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning for Spouses—contemplating marriage and divorce
  • Guardianships (over persons and finances in event of incapacitation)
  • Establishing Trusts that address disposition of the marital estate
  • Insurance Policies—confirming designation of beneficiaries
  • Probate and Estate Administration—contemplating death
  • Contesting Wills
  • Years Support
  • Posthumous Alimony and Child Support Claims

Moderator:
Tracy L. Rhodes, Evans & Rhodes, LLC, Marietta

Panelists:
Katrenia R. Collins, Katrenia R. Collins, LLC, Atlanta
Jacquelyn H. Saylor, The Saylor Law Firm, LLP, Atlanta

3:30

WHAT EVERY FAMILY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE LAW

  • Breaking leases and solutions to protect credit during divorces
  • Mortgage Financing vs Title and Ownership of Real Property
  • Current climate for refinancing
  • Foreclosures and Underwater Mortgages
  • Real estate tips to consider during divorce

Moderator:
Mario D. Breedlove, The Breedlove Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta

Panelists:
Rick S. Alembik, Richard S. Alembik, P.C., Decatur
Aasia Mustakeem, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, Atlanta

4:00
ADJOURN