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 Drafting for Maximum Impact in Family Law – a live lunchtime online conference

Online Conferences,Family Law,Drafting for Maximum Impact in Family Law – a live lunchtime online conference
Tuesday 14th February 2023
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 12 noon to 3.15pm
QLD: 11am to 2.15pm
SA/NT: 11.30am to 2.55pm
WA: 9.00am to 12.15pm
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 ABOUT THE ONLINE CONFERENCE
Hear from the experts at this online lunchtime conference. You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there'll be a chairperson, presentations and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions via online chat.

 THE PROGRAM

Session 1: First and Foremost: Drafting Initial Advice Letters in Family Law

The first visit to a family law lawyer can be an emotional time for a client. As a result, the contents of the initial letter of advice following that visit takes on greater relevance and importance. In this session practitioners will take a deep dive into crafting letters of initial advice, including:

  • Key features of initial letters
  • The importance of language and clarity
  • Balancing length with necessary content
  • What are the essential matters to be covered in the letter?
  • How detailed should the advice be?
  • Additional information required by the rules
  • Tips for communicating with a client whose first language isn’t English
  • How and where does the costs agreement fit in?

Session 2: Starting on the Right Foot: Costs Agreements in Family Law

At a very emotional point in a client’s life, the cost of legal services might be a long way from their mind. However, that is the very reason why the costs agreement needs to be clear, detailed and regularly reviewed. This session will provide a guide to family law practitioners on drafting best practice costs agreements, including:

  • Legislative and jurisdictional requirements for costs agreements
  • Parties to the costs agreement
  • Minimum content and the need to go beyond that
  • What information needs to be disclosed?
  • Structuring agreements for actual and potential stages in proceedings
  • Examples of conditional costs agreements
  • Describing services and plain English drafting
  • At what stage should your client be given the agreement?
  • Tips for guiding your client through the agreement
  • The importance of regular review

Session 3: Drafting for Accuracy and Understanding in Family Law Financial Statements

The family law courts require full and frank disclosure of parties’ financial position, a position which is straightforward in theory but more difficult in practice. This session will guide practitioners in the completion of the Financial Statement form and how to avoid costly and problematic mistakes, including:

  • Recent developments and changes  involving financial statement forms
  • What full and frank disclosure really means and the consequences of getting it wrong
  • Client involvement in form completion – how do practitioners ensure accuracy and completeness?
  • Tips for including and describing complex financial matters
  • Common mistakes in form completion and strategies for getting it right
  • What supporting documents are essential?
  • Reviewing and amending financial statements in changing circumstances
  • Examples and case studies.
 THE FACULTY

Ian Kennedy AM, Senior Partner, Kennedy Partners, Melbourne, Vic (Chair)

Rebecca Dahl, Partner, Nicholes Family Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic

Alan Adrian, Managing Director, QICS Legal Costing Solutions, Southport, Qld

Stephanie Hope, Director, Hope Family Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic

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 FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS ONLINE CONFERENCES
  • It was just like being at a well run conference but in many ways better. 
  • This option is of great assistance to country practitioners.
  • The live online conference format worked well and made the speakers more engaging than a recording.
  • Our team used the boardroom.  We could talk and discuss the presentation without feeling we were imposing on others and you could submit a question, which we did.  All from the comfort of our own office.
  • The conference was well organised and the email links very useful.
CPD CERTIFICATE

Delegates registered to attend the LIVE event will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units/points (substantive law).

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

If you register and pay by 16 December 2022 you will pay only $385 – a saving of $165 off the full price conference registration fee of $550.

 ENQUIRIES/ASSISTANCE
If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams–Cameron on (03) 8601 7730 or email: hayley@tved.net.au



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Product Code: OFLFEB23
 Price:   $385.00 (Inclusive of GST)