Ohio Family Law Practice for Paralegals
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Assisting with Family Law Case Intake J. Friedman Helfman
Performing conflicts checks
Assisting with initial client interview
Preparing engagement letter, opening file
Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information M. Langhals
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
Evaluating the information you have obtained
Working with accountants and financial experts
Preparing financial statements
Working With Divorce Clients and Opposing Counsel J. Himmelein
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
Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Decrees A. Parise
Implementing divorce decrees and orders
Preparing and filing the decree
Preparing other necessary documents
Enforcing judgments and orders
Modifying decrees and orders
Determining which parts of a decree or order are subject to modification,
deciding when to seek modification
Assisting in modification actions
Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice M. Langhals
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
Approved by NFPA and NALA
Accepted by the OSBA Paralegal Certification Board
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, to paralegals.
The National Association of Legal Assistants has approved this course for 6.0 CLE Hours, including 5.0 Substantive Hours and 1.0 Ethics Hour. The National Federation of Paralegal Associations has approved this course for 6.0 CLE Hours, including 5.0 General Hours and 1.0 Ethics Hour.
Courses approved by NFPA and/or NALA are accepted and automatically approved by the Ohio State Bar Association Paralegal Certification Board.
Paralegal certification is not required to participate in this webinar.
Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).
Jill Friedman Helfman
Co-Partner in Charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Cleveland office
Ms. Helfman is a well-respected attorney and family advocate and she serves as co-partner-in-charge of the Cleveland office. She is the practice chair of Taft’s Domestic Relations practice. Ms. Helfman’s practice focuses on family and divorce law, particularly in high net worth cases. She is certified by The Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Specialty Board as a specialist in the field of Family Law in Ohio and as an arbitrator through the AAML Matrimonial Arbitration Training Institute. With extensive experience and a confident, patient approach, she consistently earns the respect of her clients and peers. Ms. Helfman’s experience ranges from analysis and litigation of complex business valuation issues to property division, support and difficult custody matters. A trusted advisor to high-profile clients, she provides regular legal counsel to business owners, professional athletes, physicians, lawyers and other prominent professionals.
Jennifer M. Himmelein
Jennifer M. Himmelein is a partner in the Cleveland office of Brouse McDowell. She focuses her practice in family law, including domestic relations, juvenile, probate and mediation. She has extensive experience handling a variety of cases in domestic relations court. She also frequently helps draft prenuptial agreements. She regularly serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake and Geauga Counties. She also teaches guardian ad litem courses for the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College. She has participated in extensive divorce-related mediation training and is certified as a parent coordinator. She conducts private mediations related to divorces and parenting issues. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers..
Owner, Langhals Law, LLC – Marysville, Ohio
Mr. Langhals began his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in St. Clair County, Michigan in 2001. He transitioned to private practice in 2009, and then later moved back to Ohio and opened his own law office in 2012. The firm’s focus is family law: divorce, dissolution, custody, and mediation. Mr. Langhals is also a guardian ad litem in Union and Logan Counties. As a practitioner in the rural counties west of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Langhals has established a reputation as the attorney who gives clients straight, no nonsense advice, but wraps that advice in a polite and friendly bow. Mr. Langhals has also authored a divorce book set for publication in the summer of 2022 that shows the readers how taking the right perspective when ending a marriage leads to more practical, and sometimes inspired, outcomes.
Anna M. Parise
Partner with Dworken & Bernstein, Cleveland, Ohio
Ms. Parise is a family law practitioner and helps clients through divorce, child support, spousal support and custody disputes. Highly rated in peer reviews throughout her career, she is active in bringing family law legal services to those who cannot afford it. Ms. Parise’s legal practice includes domestic relations, divorce, family law, child support, spousal support and custody. She is also frequently appointed by trial courts in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake Counties as guardian ad litem to protect the interests of children.