Louisiana Family Law Practice for Paralegals
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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
8:30 am – 4:15 pm CST (including a 60-min. break)
Rebecca A. Heilman
Nicole Buggs Hazey
Katherine L. Hurst
Aimee E. Kaloyares
Assisting with Family Law Case Intake
Performing conflicts checks
Assisting with initial client interview
Preparing engagement letter, opening file
Preparing Pleadings and Assisting with Motion Practice
Requesting temporary relief
Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information
Identifying relevant information on assets, debts, income and expenses
Obtaining financial information
• Using financial information questionnaires
• Using interrogatories, requests for production, deposition testimony, private investigators
• Valuing assets
Evaluating the information you have obtained
Working with accountants and financial experts
Preparing financial statements
Assisting with Child Custody and Visitation Issues
Recent developments in Louisiana custody law
Obtaining relevant information
• Client interview, custody questionnaires, authorizations for disclosure, formal discovery
Working with guardian-ad-litem
Working with experts
Drafting and reviewing parenting plans
Working with Divorce Clients and Opposing Counsel
Establishing and maintaining good communication with clients
• Methods of communication and contents of communications
• Guidelines for responding to client communications
Working with difficult clients
Working with the courts and opposing counsel
Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice
Complying with rules of professional responsibility and ethics guidelines for attorneys and paralegals
Avoiding conflicts of interest
Maintaining client confidentiality
Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
Working with the secretive or dishonest client
Handling allegations of abuse or neglect
Zealous (vs. over-zealous) representation
Fee agreements, retainers, and collection of unpaid fees
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6.0 CLE Hours, Including 1.0 Ethics Hour
6.0 CLE Hours, Including 1.0 Ethics Hour
6.0 CLE Hours, Including 1.0 Ethics Hour
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 CLE hours to paralegals. Paralegal certification is not required to participate in this webinar.
The National Association of Legal Assistants has approved this course for 6.0 total CLE hours, which includes 5.0 substantive CLE hours and 1.0 legal ethics CLE hour.
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) has approved this course for 6.0 total CLE credits, which includes 5.0 general CLE credits and 1.0 ethics CLE credit.
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).
Brett Bajon, Attorney
A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Brett Bajon, attended Catholic High, then went on to Louisiana State University where he graduated with a double major in international studies and French. After graduating from LSU he went on to work as an independent Professional Landman. He has worked on various different types of projects including doing oil & gas title, mineral research and abstracts, lease negotiations and acquisitions, pipeline right-of-way projects. After working in the oil & gas industry for several years he decided to go back to school. He attended law school at Southern University Law Center and was admitted to practice law in the State of Louisiana in 2016.
After being admitted to the bar, he set out to gain experience in several different areas of law including holding the position of General Counsel & Director of Human Resources for a large company. For the last three (3) years he has been litigating cases in the fields of criminal law, personal injury, family law, breach of contract, etc. He started with Mayhall Fondren Blaize in March of 2021.
Nicole Buggs Hazey
Nicole Buggs Hazey, Attorney
Equipped with razor sharp focus, extensive knowledge, diverse experience, and quick wit, Nicole Buggs Hazey takes on cases by serving a dose of compassion and humor with legal expertise and confidence to help move families forward.
Nicole is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident, who began a career in nursing before embarking on settling in the profession where she belonged – the legal industry. She graduated from Southern University Law Center in 2010 and became licensed to practice in both State and Federal Courts shortly thereafter. Nicole has worked as an attorney in several arenas, including Family Law and Successions in the private sector, and as a State’s Attorney for the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) in the public sector. She is well versed in the areas of divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, child custody, spousal & child support, wills, successions, and adoptions, and through a busy solo practice, has been able to hone-in on these specialties to best serve her clients’ needs throughout the south Louisiana area.
Ms. Hazey is very active in the Baton Rouge Bar Association serving the Family Law Section as the Immediate Past Chair and makes it a priority to donate her time to pro bono cases referred by the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation. A transplant from Southern California, she now resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband and two young sons.
Rebecca A. Heilman
Rebecca A. Heilman, Attorney
Rebecca is originally from southern Arkansas. She was valedictorian of her high school class, and graduated magna cum laude from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She was selected by the faculty as the History, Political Science, and Geography Department Outstanding Student. She was also elected president of the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society by her peers.
In 2012, Rebecca relocated to New Orleans to attend Tulane Law School, where she earned the highest grade in the class in both State & Local Taxation and Partnership Tax; she also volunteered with several income tax programs to promote tax literacy among high school students and the indigent. During law school, Rebecca also completed a year-long externship with The Advocacy Center, a Louisiana non-profit law firm committed to helping people with disabilities and the elderly.
After receiving her Juris Doctor in May 2015, Rebecca successfully passed the Louisiana Bar Exam and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in October 2015. Having practiced exclusively family law and elder law, Rebecca joined Treadaway Law, LLC in November 2020. Since January 1, 2002, she has been a Board Member at Large for the Jefferson Parish Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and in September of 2022 she was elected to the Board of the Family Law Section of the Louisiana Bar Association.
Rebecca is licensed to practice in every parish, and she has experience in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes. She regularly volunteers with Animal Rescue New Orleans. She also enjoys traveling and is an avid gardener.
Katherine L. Hurst
Katherine L. Hurst, Attorney
With over twenty-five (25) years of experience, the focus of Katherine L. Hurst’s practice is civil litigation. Her specialties are family law and defending fellow attorneys in the disciplinary process before the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Complex child custody litigation is the general focus of her family law practice but she is experienced in all areas of family law. Her office is based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her legal services have been sought after by clients throughout the state of Louisiana. Her client advocacy and litigation skills have earned her recognition as among the Best of Acadiana Attorneys.
Aimee KaloyaresMesser & Associates
Aimee E. Kaloyares, Attorney
Aimee is a trial attorney practicing in the areas of family, criminal and juvenile law. She has handled criminal law trials and appeals, family law trials, mediations and hearings as well as several juvenile felony court trials, DCFS parent representation and juvenile misdemeanors.
Aimee grew up in rural Maine before pursing her undergraduate degree from Cazenovia College in Syracuse, New York in 2011 and her Juris Doctorate degree in the law from Southern University, here in Baton Rouge Louisiana in 2015. During her time at Southern University she was a member of Moot Court, Law Review and of Phi Alpha Delta.
Aimee is the author of the 2011 publication in the Criminal Law Section of the California State Bar entitled, “Sex Offenders: The Modern Day Scarlet Letter”, and of the book “Annie Get Your Gun? An Analysis of Reactionary Gun Control Laws and Their Utter Failure to Protect Americans From Violent Gun Crimes” available on Amazon. These publications, though controversial, reflect Aimee’s desire for the law to better serve the people, and for the people to one day have better laws.
Aimee has served as a juvenile public defender in Ascension Parish for the past three years, dedicating her abilities to the criminal defense of children because she strongly believes in public service and that children deserve a better future. Aimee prides herself on seeking the best outcome possible for her clients who may be going through the worst times of their lives.
Yazan Rantisi, Attorney
Yazan “Yaz” Rantisi is the founding attorney of The Louisiana Family Law Firm. He was born and raised in the greater New Orleans area and earned a Political Science degree from LSU. He then followed in his father’s footsteps and became a successful car salesman in Baton Rouge. During this time, Yazan discovered his passion for helping others and began dreaming of transitioning into a career as a lawyer. By chance, Southern University Law Center Chancellor John Pierre and Yazan went on a test drive. Chancellor Pierre quickly convinced Yazan to apply to law school and he was soon accepted into the Southern University Law Center’s evening division. The road was not easy, but with the support of his friends, family, and co-workers, Yazan was able to support himself through law school by working during the day and attending classes at night.
At the end of 2016, Yazan left the dealership and began preparing for his career as a lawyer. He quickly realized he had a passion for family law, and earned a skill set that lends itself to finding solutions in highly contested divorce and child custody disputes. He applied this passion and skills by volunteering as a CASA advocate, where he assisted children in foster care. Quickly he earned a reputation within the organization and courtroom as someone who could help find solutions among even the most adversarial parties. Yazan has been recognized multiple times by Capital Area CASA for his work and has been published in the Baton Rouge Advocate as a result.
Prior to graduating, Yazan spent 2018 working as a law clerk within Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ Family Law Unit. This opportunity allowed him to gain amazing experience, as Yazan worked on a large number of cases involving divorce, child custody, and domestic violence. This gave Yazan both the knowledge and experience to practice family law after passing the Louisiana Bar Exam.
In May of 2019, with the help of his family, friends, and community, Yazan applied all of his experiences and founded the Louisiana Family Law Firm. Now Yazan and The Louisiana Family Law Firm are dedicated to guiding clients towards positive and fulfilling futures.