WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW ASSOCIATION
Collaborative Practice is a voluntary out-of-court process for you and your spouse to resolve the legal, financial and emotional issues of your divorce or separation. You and your spouse are represented by collaboratively trained attorneys. These attorneys are disqualified from representing you in court. Successful teams include coaches for each spouse, the use of a child specialist, and trained divorce financial advisors.
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Approximately 25% of divorces in the United States involve spouses 50 and older. The goal of this program is to provide tools so we can better serve these clients by (1) highlighting considerations that may be of increased importance to middle-aged and older clients, (2) educating family law professionals about changes that occur with normal aging and the implications for how we work with these clients; and (3) identifying allied professionals and resources that may assist us in representing these clients.
• An exploration of normal aging
• An examination of cognitive changes that occur with normal aging
Suggestions for more effective delivery of professional services and for working with aging clients in view of their cognitive differences
• Legal capacity, undue influence and elder abuse
• Indications that a client’s capacity may be impaired and possible responses
• When a conservator may be needed and how to obtain one
• Special needs trusts, social security benefits, Medi-Cal eligibility and asset preservation planning, additional considerations when a spouse is ill or disabled, estate planning considerations
• Identification of services and professionals useful to family law professionals representing with older clients
Navigating the changing family dynamic as parties age and the interests of other family members in order to reach agreements
• Elizabeth “Betsy” Angevine, Esquire
• Hon. Joseph S. Biderman, Ret.
• Bunni Dybnis, MA, MFT, CMC
• Ron E. Thompson, CPA, CFP
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LACFLA IN THE NEWS
LACFLA’s partnership with Loyola Law School continues to reap rewards.
On May 27, 2014 the Loyola Collaborative Clinic received the “Outstanding Program Award” by the Board of Supervisors of LA County. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas from the Second District presented the award to Loyola Law School’s Clinic director, Mary Culbert. This was at a televised hearing with hundreds of people present from our community as well as Supervisor’s Knabe, Yarslovsky and Antonovich.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas commended LACFLA for teaming up with Loyola to provide excellent service to those in need. He described collaborative practice in glowing terms explaining how allied professionals assist parties going thru the divorce process.
This project is a partnership between Loyola's new Collaborative Law Clinic (C-LAW), Loyola's Conciliation and Mediation Assistance Clinic (C-MAC), and Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.
Congratulations to Mary Culbert of Loyola Law School and Kevin Chroman of LACFLA.
Thank you all for making the Collaborative Law Clinic such an unbridled success! Without you volunteering your time, this would not have been possible.
LACFLA PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE :
Hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer. Our Board took its own vacation from meeting this month. This has not prevented our hardworking training professionals from planning our annual LACFLA educational program. The program will be at Loyola Law School on August 13, 14 and 15, 2014. We expect to have a great audience for our three full days of fun packed education and entertainment. It is not too late to sign up to hone those collaborative skills!
Our membership chairman, Steve Garelick, advises that we have more members this year than we had last year at this time. Kim Davidson, Jena Stara and Michelle Daneshrad have been working on inviting Dr. William Doherty to do a program about discernment counseling that helps people decide whether to work on their marriage or transition toward divorce. Dr. Doherty is a professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota.
Ellen Stein is organizing LACFLA’s fifth annual diversity workshop on “Gray Divorce”. It will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014. We look forward to this informative, interdisciplinary and interactive event.
Kathleen O’Connor and Dawn Strachan are working on revamping our web site and we hope that it will be more friendly to the public.
Finally, please save the date for the 36th Annual Child Custody Colloquium. It is sponsored by the LACBA’s Family Law Section and Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. It will be held at the Universal City Hilton on September 20, 2014.
This year’s topic is “When a Child Rejects a Parent: Exploring Rejection, Resolution and Reunification. Several LACFLA members will be presenting.
Please enjoy the rest of your summer!
Joe Spirito, LACFLA President, 2014
LACFLA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
Congratulations to Stephanie Maloney, recipient of the 2014 CP Cal Eureka Award. Stephanie has been tireless in her commitment to share the collaborative process with our community and to bring trainings to Los Angeles County. We are honored that Stephanie, a LACFLA member, received this prestigious award.
LACFLA INTRODUCES OUR AUGUST MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Ron J. Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CFF, CDFA, FABFA
Mr. Anfuso graduated, with honors (Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.81) from National University, San Diego, California with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990. After graduation he was employed as a Senior Accountant at Fox & Company, CPAs, a litigation support firm. His areas of experience include Forensic Accounting and litigation support services in marital dissolution and civil/commercial litigation matters.
Visit Mr. Anfuso on the web and read more about his great work here!
LACFLA SPOTLIGHT BOARD MEMBER - AUGUST 2014
2008 CP Cal Eureka Award Recipient
Frederick J. Glassman, J.D.
Fred Glassman is one of the distingueshed past presidents of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. Fred has authored local and national articles and taught courses for the UCLA Extension Department of Legal Programs on Collaborative Practice and Mediation. He has appeared on Time Warner Public Television shows on Collaborative Practice. He is a frequent speaker and panel member of the American Bar Association Family Law and Dispute Resolution Sections as well as for Collaborative Practice California (CPCal) and, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals annual forums. Fred is an official registered observer for the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on The Uniform Collaborative Law Act. Fred serves on the Board of Directors for the California Dispute Resolution Council. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Southern California's Best Lawyers. Fred is listed in Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers with their highest AV-rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He is a recipient of the State of California Collaborative Practice Eureka Award for Distinguished Service, and published "A Way to Resolve with Respect: Exploring the Benefits and Opportunities of Collaborative Family Law in California" and "Understanding Collaborative Family Law" for Thomson-Reuters.
Fred's goal continues to be acting as the conduit to enhance the talent that each and every Board Member brings to LACFLA. His vision includes not only spreading the good word throughout the Southern California community for Collaborative Practice as a sensible, sensitive and safe process option for families experiencing marital discord, but to also secure Collaborative Practice's place in the mainstream. He remains dedicated and disciplined to involving the "next-generation" of lawyers to Collaborative Practice and welcomes them to LACFLA.