On February 4, 2014 the fourth annual joint Current Financial Topics in Family Law seminar will be held at The State Bar of Georgia. The seminar is hosted by the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Atlanta Bar Association. Due to significant interest and attendance growth, last year’s session was held at the State Bar’s office in downtown Atlanta and was very well attended by both Certified Public Accountants and family law attorneys. The scheduled sessions include the following:
- Judge’s Panel discussing separate property issues, and equitable division considerations
- Special Needs Trusts, Elder Care and Disability in the area of Family Law
- A “rapid fire discussion” on “How to Deal with Difficult Clients”
- Panel Discussion-“The Use of a Financial Neutral in a Divorce Case”
- Mock Mediation
- Case Law Update
The highlight of the session will be the Mock Mediation which is scheduled for three hours in the afternoon. The participants will be given a hypothetical complex fact pattern involving a wealthy couple divorcing after a thirty plus year marriage. The couple spent significant legal fees five years ago preparing a complex estate plan including multiple family trusts. Five years later they are seeking a divorce and one of the parties is questioning the estate plan in lieu of the impending divorce. This is in addition to a Halpern v. Halpern issue with respect to the valuation of the wife’s business.
Three of the top experienced family law attorneys will be heavily involved in this demanding session. Nancy Lawler [Lawler, Green Prinz & Gleklen, LLC] will represent the plaintiff-wife. Barry McGough [Warner Bates McGough McGinnis & Portnoy] will represent the defendant-husband. Shiel Edlin [Stern & Edlin, PC] will be the late case evaluator/mediator.
Mr. McGough will be assisted by his financial expert, Sherri Holder [Thurman, Holder, Gibbon, LLC]. Ms. Lawler will be assisted by her financial expert, IAG Forensics and Valuations Managing Partner, LAURIE DYKE.
Every attendee will learn something new in this very interesting complex session.
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