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Colorado Family Law Practice for Paralegals

Presenter: Ann Gushurst and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Denver, CO

Doubletree Hotel Denver - Stapleton North
4040 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 303-321-6666

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 4:45 pm

Getting Started: Initial Interview, Pleadings and Hearing         S. Liko

   Role of the legal assistant/paralegal

   Obtaining essential information to start the action

   Preparing initial pleadings

   Preparing for the temporary orders hearing

Initial Status Conference, Rule 16.2 Disclosures and Discovery          S. Liko

   Preparing your attorney and the client for ISC

   Preparing and analyzing 16.2 disclosures

   Preparing and analyzing discovery responses

   How to get accurate and timely information from the client

   Identifying red flags

File Management and Document Control          S. Liko

   How to organize massive amounts of information

   Scanning, bate stamping, labeling and indexing

   Use of charts

   Calendaring, ticklers, and deadlines

Client Management          S. Liko

   Managing client expectations

   Obtaining client cooperation

   How to handle needy, demanding and manipulative clients


Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice        A. Gushurst

   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

Assisting with Alternative Dispute Resolution          D. Powell

   Assisting in family law mediation

   Understanding and assisting in divorce arbitration

   Assisting in the collaborative divorce process

Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information          W. Smock

   Identifying relevant information on assets, debts, income and expenses

   Obtaining financial information

   Evaluating the information you have obtained

   Working with accountants and financial experts

   Preparing financial statements

Assisting with Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Issues          C. Leathers

   Current status of allocation of parental responsibilities law in Colorado

   Obtaining relevant information

   Client interview, custody questionnaires, authorizations for disclosure, using formal discovery

   Working with experts

   Drafting and reviewing parenting plans

Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Judgments          W. Smock, C. Leathers

   Implementing divorce decrees and orders

   Enforcing judgments and orders

   Modifying orders

      • Determining which parts of an order are subject to modification,
        deciding when to seek modification

   Assisting in modification actions

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, to paralegals. The National Association of Legal Assistants and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations have each approved this seminar.

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


Ann Gushurst

Ms. Gushurst has been a shareholder and vice president of Gutterman Griffiths since 2005. She is well known in the family law community for both her outstanding work as a litigator and her pioneering work in collaborative law. Ms. Gushurst’s most recent litigation achievement established the concept that legal parent status can be conferred to gay parents under Title 19 and she was co-counsel on thecase that struck down Colorado’s DOMA laws. She believes strongly that divorcing families should do everything they can to minimize the emotional fallout from divorce, so that the experience doesn’t cripple them or their children.

Courtney J. Leathers

Ms. Leathers received her J.D. degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2005, where she earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Matrimonial Practice. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Colorado Super Lawyers each year since 2009. Currently, Ms. Leathers is a partner at Epstein Patierno, P.C. She is the President of Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee; a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and American Bar Association, and the Family Law Sections of the Colorado Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Sharon D. Liko

Ms. Liko established her practice in 1991. She is well knownin the legal community for her men’s rights advocacy. She focuses her practice on high asset, complex financial issues and high conflict child custody matters. Ms. Likohas represented professional athletes, CEOs of billion-dollar corporations, politicians, small business owners, and legal and medical professionals. Previously, Ms. Liko was very activein the domestic violence community and served as Chairman of the Board of a domestic violence treatment center. She has been a frequent legal commentator for Fox News since 2006, and has commented on high profile domestic relations and criminal cases. Ms. Liko is a very aggressive and tenacious litigator, and considers herself a “champion of the underdog.” She has accepted clients that other lawyers could not help, and prevailed in very difficult cases.

Diana L. Powell

Ms. Powell has been a shareholder of Gutterman Griffiths from 2002 to the present. She focuses her practice on high-asset, high conflict divorce representation. Previously, Ms. Powell acted as lead counsel to buyers or sellers in over 100 merger and acquisition transactions, ranging from $1 million to $150 million, and she helped hundreds of companies raise private and public equity and debt finance. Her divorce clients benefit from her deep knowledge of business issues. Having prosecuted accounting fraud cases and investigated concealed assets, as well as having responsibility to assist in preparation of disclosure documents in public and private securities and lending transactions, Ms. Powell has an excellent understanding of complex financial issues. She brings a high degree of expertise to formulation of agreements that protect the parties and their businesses from the economic risks inherent in divorce. In addition to the obvious economic advantages, Ms. Powell believes that a business solution that works for the parties to a divorce canbest preserve the quality of their post-decree relationships. She is a frequent speaker at seminars for lay and professional audiences on financial issues in divorce, business valuation, venture finance, sales of business, and corporate governance and, she lectures on the topic of asset division in divorce and special needs parenting plans.

Wendy J. Smock

Wendy J. Smock Attorney, Litvak Litvak Mehrtens & Carlton, P.C. Ms. Smock received her J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law and her B.A. degree from Colorado State University. She was honored as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013. Ms. Smock maintains memberships in the American, Denver, Colorado and Women’s bar associations. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, the Rhone-Brackett Inn of the American Inns of Court, and the Colorado Judicial Institutes ’Family Law Subcommittee. Ms. Smock has volunteered as a “Student Coach” for an Advanced Family Law Course, lectured as part of the Cherry Creek High School “doctor/lawyer intervention program,” is a speaker for “Our Courts,” and has been a presenter at several family law paralegals seminars and workshop classes for paralegals and attorneys. As a prior paralegal, she is an active supporter of furthering paralegal education and advancement.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $269.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $269.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $249.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.