Divorce Law Boot Camp
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Lakeview Resort and Spa
One Lakeview Drive
Morgantown, WV 26508
$339 / Each Additional
$329 / New Professional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- WV CLE - 7.20
A Comprehensive, Hands-On Approach to Divorce Practice
Can you navigate the divorce process with ease? Are you looking for practice pointers, best practices and sample forms to build your divorce practice? Our veteran faculty will provide you with a solid foundation and real-world tips for handling each key step of a divorce case. Start the case off on the right foot, streamline your motion practice, pick up discovery tools, get insights on valuing/dividing marital property and more. Don't miss this fast-paced, information-packed program - register today!
- Go beyond the textbook - gain real-life insights from attorneys who have mastered their craft.
- Receive sample pleadings, discovery requests, agreements, motions, checklists and other documents.
- Leave no stone unturned: explore methods for uncovering undisclosed assets and liabilities.
- Learn how to properly use divorce experts and gain pointers on examining them.
- Understand the core mechanics of valuing and dividing different types of marital assets.
- Help clients work out and calculate parental responsibility, parenting time and support.
- Get practical tips for navigating divorce settlements and trials.
Who Should Attend
This basic level seminar is designed for attorneys. Accountants and paralegals may also benefit.
- Client Intake and Preliminary Steps
- Motions in Divorce (with Samples)
- Discovery Procedure and Finding Hidden Assets
- Experts in Divorce
- Valuing and Dividing Assets
- Custody, Visitation and Support: A Practical Guide
- Negotiating the Final Settlement and Trial
- Legal Ethics
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 7.20 *
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- CLIENT INTAKE AND PRELIMINARY STEPS
9:00 - 9:45, Written by Mark W. Kelley. Presented by Debra V. Chafin in Morgantown and Mark W. Kelley in South Charleston.
- Client Interview and Initial Analysis
- Answers to Common Client Questions
- Process Selection and Informed Consent
- Venue and Jurisdiction Considerations
- Pleadings and Responses (w/Samples)
- Sample Intake Form
- Divorce Law Checklist
- MOTIONS IN DIVORCE (WITH SAMPLES)
9:45 - 10:30, Written by Andrew S. Nason. Presented by Jeffrey M. Strange in Morgantown and Andrew S. Nason in South Charleston.
- Key Considerations
- Procedures for Making and Responding to Motions
- Protective Orders
- Motions for Temporary Orders (Support, Custody, etc.) - with Supporting Documentation
- Effective Use of Discovery and Other Pre-Trial Motions
- DISCOVERY PROCEDURE AND FINDING HIDDEN ASSETS
10:45 - 11:30, Written by Andrew S. Nason. Presented by Jeffrey M. Strange in Morgantown and Andrew S. Nason in South Charleston.
- Disclosure Requirements
- Timing and Scope of Discovery
- Effective Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admissions
- Responses and Objections
- Subpoenas to Banks, Phone Companies, Social Media Companies, etc.
- Depositions in Divorce
- Social Media, Email, Smartphone Evidence, etc.
- Finding Undisclosed/Hidden Assets: Tips and Techniques
- Sample Discovery Requests and Checklists
- EXPERTS IN DIVORCE
11:30 - 12:00, Written by C. Page Hamrick III. Presented by Debra V. Chafin in Morgantown and C. Page Hamrick III in South Charleston.
- Divorce Experts: What They do, When and How to Use Them
- Working with Experts and Preparing Them for Testimony (w/Checklists)
- Direct and Cross Examination - Quick Tips and Sample Questions
- Accountants and Appraisers
- Business Valuators
- Custody Evaluators, Mental Health Experts, Guardians Ad Litem
- Financial Planners
- Vocational Experts
- Medical Experts
- VALUING AND DIVIDING ASSETS
1:00 - 2:00, Written by C. Page Hamrick III. Presented by Debra V. Chafin in Morgantown and C. Page Hamrick III in South Charleston.
- Tracing Commingled/Transmuted Assets
- Real Property
- QDROs and Retirement Plans
- Stock Options
- Business Valuations
- Trust Valuations
- Intangible Property
- Life and Health Insurance
- Debt, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
- Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
- Settlement Traps to Avoid
- Basic Tax Issues to be Aware of
- CUSTODY, VISITATION AND SUPPORT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE
2:00 - 2:30, Written by Kelly Pritt. Presented by Jeffrey M. Strange in Morgantown and Kelly Pritt in South Charleston.
- Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
- Tips for Negotiating Child Custody and Visitation
- Sample Parenting Plan
- Child Support Considerations, Calculations, Guideline Worksheet, Deviations
- Spousal Support Considerations, Calculations, Deviations
- NEGOTIATING THE FINAL SETTLEMENT AND TRIAL
2:45 - 3:30, Written by Kelly Pritt. Presented by Scott A. Curnutte in Morgantown and Kelly Pritt in South Charleston.
- Negotiating and Drafting the Marital Settlement Agreement (w/Sample)
- Hearings/Settlement Conferences
- Pre-Trial Preparation
- Trial Process and Procedure
- Getting Your Evidence Admitted
- Practical Trial Pointers
- Preparing/Reviewing the Final Judgment (w/Sample)
- Post-Divorce Wrap-Up
- Sample Checklists
- LEGAL ETHICS
3:30 - 4:30, Written by C. Page Hamrick III. Presented by Scott Curnutte in Morgantown and C. Page Hamrick III in South Charleston.
- Conflicts of Interest Checks
- Declining Representation
- Attorneys' Fees
- Setting Clear Expectations with Clients
- Emails and Confidentiality
- Dealing With a Pro Se Litigant
DEBRA V. CHAFIN is an attorney with the Law Office of Debra V. Chafin, P.L.L.C. in Clarksburg. Ms. Chafin practices in the area of family law, including complex divorce litigation involving the division of business, as well as contested custody litigation, contested divorce litigation involving alimony, and contested paternity matters. Ms. Chafin was a tax attorney for eight years working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for what is now the Big Four. She received her B.A. degree from the College of Wooster and her J.D. degree from Ohio Northern University. Ms. Chafin is a member of the Harrison County and the West Virginia bar associations.
SCOTT A. CURNUTTE is an attorney with Curnutte Law in Elkins. Mr. Curnutte practices in the area of complex litigation, especially in the representation of plaintiffs and business litigation; family law; and Social Security. He received his B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and his J.D. degree from West Virginia University. Mr. Curnutte is an adjunct professor at the West Virginia University, College of Law.
JEFFREY M. STRANGE is a member of the law firm of Booth Strange & Daniel in Clarksburg. Mr. Strange focuses his practice on family law, estate planning, civil defense, and the collection of accounts and defending collection agencies against lawsuits brought against them under the WVCCPA and the FDCPA, as well as any other related tort claims alleged. He received his B.S.B.A and J.D. degrees from West Virginia University.June 21 - South Charleston
C. PAGE HAMRICK III, J.D., CPA, is the principal of the Charleston law firm of C. Page Hamrick III, Attorney at Law. Mr. Hamrick has concentrated his practice in the areas of divorce law, tax and corporate estate law. He has served as a family law master, as assistant attorney general, as counsel to the West Virginia Legislature, and as a hearing officer for numerous state agencies. Mr. Hamrick is a certified public accountant and frequently writes and speaks on state and federal taxation topics as they relate to divorce. He has testified as an expert witness in matters involving federal and state tax, financial analysis and real estate. Mr. Hamrick is a member of The West Virginia State Bar, the American Association of Attorney-CPAs and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Hamrick regularly teaches tax and law courses at Marshall University and has taught accounting at West Virginia University-Tech. He earned his B.S.B.A. and J.D. degrees from West Virginia University, and his M.B.A. degree from the Marshall University (formerly WVCOGS).
MARK W. KELLEY is a member of the Charleston, West Virginia, law firm of Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC. His practice is concentrated in the area of civil litigation, including business, commercial, estate, personal injury, and domestic relations matters. He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. Mr. Kelley is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, the West Virginia Association of Justice, and the American Association of Justice, where he was a former chair of the Commercial Litigation (now Business Torts) Section. In 2010, he served as chair of the Kanawha County Family Court Bench/Bar Committee. Mr. Kelley also served on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia State University Foundation and is a trustee of the Berkeley Minor and Susan Fontaine Minor Foundation. He is currently serving as chair of the West Virginia State University Board of Directors and in 2016 was appointed to the Board of Governors for West Virginia State University.
ANDREW S. NASON is a partner in the Charleston law firm of Pepper & Nason. He has argued cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, has conducted jury trials on various civil and criminal cases, and has litigated numerous cases and appeals. Mr. Nason has been very active in bankruptcy matters, particularly in Chapter 13 wage earner cases. He has been a frequent speaker at dozens of seminars on bankruptcy over the last 15 years. Mr. Nason is past chairman of the Bankruptcy Committee of the West Virginia State Bar and is the current chair of the Family Law Committee and has served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society. He was counsel for the debtor in the Monterra Development case, a lengthy and complicated Chapter 11 proceeding which eventually resulted in a payout to all creditors in excess of $20,000,000. Mr. Nason has been counsel in hundreds of domestic relations cases. He has been named in the Best Lawyers in America publication since 2001. Mr. Nason earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan and his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina.
KELLY PRITT is an attorney with the law firm of Pritt & Pritt, PLLC in Charleston. Ms. Pritt practices in the area of family law, including property division, alimony, child custody, child support, and domestic violence. She received her B.A. degree from Niagara University and her J.D. degree from Ohio Northern University.
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