Social Security for Family Law Practitioners

This program will explore aspects of disability law including Social Security Disability under Title II and Title XVI, Workers’ Compensation benefits and State Disability benefits and how they affect the determination of both child and spousal support. Tax aspects will be discussed as well as the complex issue of offsets of one benefit against the others.

Commissioner Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)

Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster served as Sonoma County’s family law facilitator and then the child support commissioner from 1997 until her retirement in 2016. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster is a certified family law specialist and practiced both family law and estate planning

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Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: The Top 10 Most Common Ways You May be Committing Malpractice and How to Avoid Them

Many family lawyers prefer to avoid all aspects of QDROs and division of pensions and other retirement assets in divorce, simply putting very general language into the Judgment and then referring their clients to QDRO lawyers (or non-lawyer QDRO drafters) after the divorce has been completed. That is a strategy that is not helpful or cost effective to the clients and it is not a good strategy for avoiding malpractice. Using examples of attorney mistakes she has seen during her years as a QDRO lawyer, Barbara Ginsberg will provide you with a number of concrete steps you can take, from

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Trial Skills

Traci Carrillo Carrillo Law

Ms. Carrillo is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled every kind of criminal case. Driving under the influence, domestic violence, gang violence, and murder are just a few areas she has specialized in. Starting out in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Carrillo handled a high volume caseload and quickly established herself as an aggressive trial lawyer. She was awarded misdemeanor and felony trial prosecutor of the year in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

In 2008, Ms. Carrillo moved to Sonoma County where she gained additional experience in handling murder cases, marijuana and drug

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