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Practicing Matrimonial Law - Register Online Now!
Date:  Tuesday, 11/19/13 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
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    8:00 - 8:15 a.m.               Registration
    8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Morning Session
    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.             Lunch (On your own)
    1:15 - 4:30 p.m.              Afternoon Session

    Opening Remarks 

    Preparation for Preliminary Conference and Discovery Demands
    Explaining the uniform preliminary conference order
    Discovery tools
    Notice of discovery and inspection interrogatories

    Equitable Distribution
    Statutory factors
    Not necessarily equal

    QDROs: Avoiding Malpractice 
    Importance of notice and timing
    New York QDRO case law

    Maintenance and Child Support 

    How to Make or Break Marital Settlement Agreements
    Making agreements
         Things that must be considered before drafting an agreement
         Drafting of net worth statement: a key to success
         Properly providing for the execution of the agreement
         Negotiating techniques to employ
         Sample clauses that should be included
         Counsel fee provisions
    Breaking agreements 
         Grounds to be drafted in initial complaint 
         Employing experts to bolster your proof
         Fraud and its elements to include
         Constructive trust that can be alleged when money or property is transferred after an agreement is signed
         Sample clauses to employ in drafting an agreement
         Don’t forget punitive damages where appropriate

    Recent Legislation, Decisions and Trends
    Notable Court of Appeals matrimonial cases
    The path to same-sex marriage
    Child custody and relocation cases
    Vacating prenuptial agreements
    Counsel fees

    View From the Bench with Honorable Stacy D. Bennett


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    Live, In-Person Seminar: This seminar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education Inc. is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an accredited provider of CLE programs. This traditional format course offers 7.5 Areas of Professional Practice CLE hours, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys.

    The National Association of Legal Assistants and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations have each approved this event for 6.0 CLE hours.

    Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

    Live Webcast: HalfMoon Education Inc. is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Course approval of this nontransitional, nontraditional course format is applied for and pending. The credit determination will be posted at as soon as it is available. HalfMoon Education has applied for course approval through the National Association of Legal Assistants and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, which is pending.

    Attendance will be monitored digitally and with participant responses to prompts throughout the presentation. Completion certificates will be emailed to participants after full participation is verified.

    Pre-registration is required.


    • Attorneys
    • Judge
    • Paralegal/Legal Assistant

    Speaker Biographies

    Raymond S. Dietrich, Esq. manages a multi-jurisdictional law practice specializing in the drafting and litigation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders ("QDROs") and related issues. Mr. Dietrich is admitted in Florida, New York, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and Nevada. Mr. Dietrich is the author of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: Strategy and Liability for the Family Law Attorney (Copyright © 2011 Matthew Bender). 561.293.2558. The firm’s web site is located at

    Michael L. Fried, Esq. is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York, the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York, the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Mr. Fried was awarded full certification as a law guardian for appointment in domestic relations matters. He has completed the seven-day American Bar Association Family Law Advocacy Institute intensive trial lawyers program. In June 2006, Mr. Fried was a guest lecturer for the “Bridge the Gap” program for the Nassau Academy of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, as well as a member of the Matrimonial Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

    Elliot D. Samuelson, Esq., practices in matrimonial law, family law, litigation, child custody, visitation rights, divorce, domestic relations, equitable distribution, postnuptial agreements, premarital agreements, separation agreements, and spousal support. He received a B.S. degree from New York University, cum laude, and a J.D. degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Samuelson has authored over one hundred professional articles published in national, regional, and local matrimonial journals and periodicals.  He is named in the Divorce Lawyer’s Section of the Best Lawyers in America.

    Keith I. Rieger, Esq., graduated with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and he graduated from Hofstra University School of Law with a J.D. degree. He is a member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, 2010-2013, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter (1991-present). Mr. Rieger has lectured for the New York State Judicial Institute, the Nassau County Supreme Court, the New York State Bar Association, and the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations. A few of his publications include: “Shaping a Strategy for Divorce Cases,” Aspatore’s Strategies for Family Law in New York (West Publishing), 2012 Edition; Custody Relocation, May 1993; “Non-Durational or Permanent Maintenance,” New York Family Law American Inns of Court Annual Survey; and Setting Aside Fraudulent Transfers to Enforce Support Arrears,” Family Law Review, 1992.

    Wendy B. Samuelson, Esq., graduated from Brandeis University, magna cum laude, in 1990 and Cornell Law School in 1993. She has practiced exclusively in the field of matrimonial and family law. She is a partner of the boutique matrimonial law firm of Samuelson Hause & Samuelson, LLP. Ms. Samuelson is the author of the column “Recent Legislation, Cases and Trends” for the New York State Bar Association’s quarterly publication, The Family Law Review. She has authored several articles for various CLE programs and is a frequent lecturer at various law and accounting firms. Ms. Samuelson was recently selected as one of Long Island’s Ten Leaders in Matrimonial Law and as one of the New York Metro Area’s Top Attorneys in Matrimonial Law by the New York Times’ Super Lawyers Section. She has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

    Honorable Stacy D. Bennett was elected to the Nassau County Family Court in November 2006. She served as a Nassau County Family Court Judge from 2007-2011. In 2012 she was appointed Acting Supreme Court Justice and presides over Matrimonial matters in Nassau County. She was appointed to the NYS Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee in 2007 and is a member of the NYS Family Court Judges Association, The Nassau County Bar Association, The Womens Bar Association, The We Care Advisory Board and The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is a frequent lecturer for the NYS Bar Association and the PEACE Program.

    Mr. Grossman practices primarily in the areas of matrimonial and family law, and real estate. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University and his J.D. degree from The University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Grossman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer in family law. His affiliations include the Matrimonial Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Publications Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the Real Property Law Section of the Nassau County Bar Association. He has authored articles on topics involving matrimonial and family law, and has lectured before the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association.


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    1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
    Melville, NY 11747



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