The Fine Art of Finances: How Business Valuations, QDROs, Military Pensions, and Captive Insurance Come into Play in Divorce Proceedings

This program track may qualify for up to 12.0 hours MCLE, of which 2.0 hours may qualify for Ethics, and all of which may be Family Law Specialization (up to 4.0 hours MCLE including 4.0 Specialization Credits daily). Attendees are invited to enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, from 7:30 am to 8:15 am.

Join us as we concentrate on financial issues surrounding divorce proceedings. From working with forensic accountants and making the best use of their reports to an update on the changes to first responder and judicial officers pension structures, this track will deal with complex issues and help develop the family law practitioner’s skills regarding complex financial issues.

On day one, we will concentrate on business valuations – how to read them, how to prepare for settlement negotiations, and how to cross-examine your expert. We will then turn to how recent changes in the law are impacting settlement negotiations for clients who are active duty or retired military service members and their families. Day two starts out with a discussion of captive insurance, moving on to the difficulties in calculating settlements when first responder and judicial officers pensions are in the mix, and concludes with our Moot Court presentation. Day three completes the Family Law track with the annual review of case law and legislative updates, a panel discussion on practical hot tips, and a review of the new Family Law Rules.

TRACK CHAIRS: Gloria Cales, Gloria L. Cales, PC, and David N. Horowitz, May, Potenza, Baran, & Gillespie, PC

MONDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

How do you propose settlement when opposing spouse has a company from before the marriage and then formed a new company during marriage? Let us show you how! We will be discussing both intermediate and advanced business valuation tips, as well as offering up tips on direct and cross-examination of a financial expert. We will also have perspective from the bench on what judges look for when considering arguments and making rulings involving businesses.

FACULTY: Mark Hughes, CPA, ABV, CFF; Hon. Jennifer Green, Maricopa County Superior Court; Jeffrey Pollitt, Jeffrey G. Pollitt, PC

Military Retirement Minefields

From the halls of Montezuma to divorce court, we will discuss navigating military benefits and how recent legal decisions impact the division of benefits in divorce proceedings for both active and non-active military members and their families. From parenting plans to division of benefits, we will provide an overview discussion, the checklists and techniques for best serving your clients in military cases. Expect discussion on retirement benefits and how recent decisions will impact future settlements.

FACULTY: Marshal Willick, Esq.

TUESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

Captive Insurance
Parker/Hall and Its Implications

What is captive insurance and how does it impact divorce proceedings? We will discuss how this branch of insurance coverage is impacting divorce settlement efforts. We will also take a deeper dive into how Parker/Hall is impacting the division of retirement benefits for first responders and judicial officers.

FACULTY: David Horowitz, May, Potenza, Baran, & Gillespie, PC; Gloria Cales, Gloria L. Cales, PC

Moot Court

Feeling the need to tweak your trial skills? Looking for tips to best present your client’s case in front of the court? Our panel will hold a moot court presentation to demonstrate best trial practices and tips that will include judicial perspectives.

FACULTY: Kathleen McCarthy, The McCarthy Law Firm; Edina Strum, The McCarthy Law Firm; Hon. Suzanne Cohen, Maricopa County Superior Court; Hon. Jennifer Green, Maricopa County Superior Court; Gloria Cales, Gloria L. Cales, PC; David Horowitz, May, Potenza, Baran, & Gillespie, PC; Jeffrey Pollitt, Jeffrey G. Pollitt, PC

WEDNESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

New Rules, Case Updates, and Ethics – OH MY!

Discussion of the new family law rules and case updates. The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure have been through a wholesale re-write. This session is not to be missed.

FACULTY: Kathleen McCarthy, The McCarthy Law Firm; Hon. Suzanne Cohen, Maricopa County Superior Court

Hot Tips Panel

Panel members offer their latest and greatest tips for your practice.

FACULTY: Hon. Jennifer Green, Maricopa County Superior Court; Hon. Suzanne Cohen, Maricopa County Superior Court; Kathleen McCarthy, The McCarthy Law Firm; Edina Strum, The McCarthy Law Firm; Jeffrey Pollitt, Jeffrey G. Pollitt, PC; Marshal Willick, Esq.; Gloria Cales, Gloria L. Cales, PC; David Horowitz, May, Potenza, Baran, & Gillespie, PC




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