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Presenter: Lynn Britt and 6 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale North/Cypress Creek
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-772-7770

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Assisting with Family Law Case Intake 
R. Rafool

   Assisting with initial client interview 
   Preparing engagement letter, opening file
   Collecting information

Preparing Pleadings and Assisting with Motion Practice
M. Sawicki

   Preparing initial pleadings 
   Requesting temporary relief
   Preparing for the temporary orders hearing
   Preparing the temporary orders

Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information 
E. Daugherty, J. Mignolet

   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 
D. Hernandez

   Current status of custody law in Florida
   Obtaining relevant information
      Client interview, custody questionnaires, authorizations for disclosure,
        using formal discovery
   Working with guardian-ad-litem
   Working with experts
   Drafting and reviewing parenting plans

ABCs of Child Support 
L. Britt

   Calculating support 
      Number of children 
      Net income of each parent 
   Other child-related expenses 
   Deviations from guidelines
   Retroactive Child Support 

Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice 
J. Waterway

   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
   Working with divorce clients and opposing counsel
      Establishing and maintaining good communication with clients
      Working with difficult clients
      Working with the courts and opposing counsel
      Maintaining professionalism

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

Florida Registered Paralegals

NFPA Certified Paralegals

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, to paralegals.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for course approvals for certified paralegals. The application is under review. Email doug@halfmoonseminars.org if you would like to be notified of NFPA’s CLE credit decision. Certification is not required to attend this event.

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.


Lynn Britt

Britt & Company, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale

Lynn M. Britt, C.P.A., J.D. is the president and majority shareholder of Britt & Company, P.A. for over thirty years she has worked as an expert witness and forensic CPA in family, contract, criminal and other litigation in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Britt & Company’s range of services includes production management, full financial analysis, and expert testimony. Ms. Britt has also been a court-appointed neutral CPA, investigator, and receiver. Ms. Britt earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 1989 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 1978. In addition to being a certified public accountant, she is also an attorney licensed in the State of Florida. She engages in extensive continuing education in the family law and litigation related areas and is a member of local and Florida CPA and Bar associations. Ms. Britt has been an author and speaker on a variety of family law topics such as alimony reform, accounting issues in family law, advanced family law practice for paralegals, and valuation.

Elizabeth Daugherty

Browward County Family Law Firm, Ft. Lauderdale

Ms. Daugherty has been a matrimonial and family law litigation attorney in Broward County, Florida, since 1994. She earned her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Shephard Broad Law Center in 1994. She is a Florida Bar Member of the Family Law Section and Dispute Resolution. She has been a Speaker for 11 years on communication with family law judges and judicial assistants.

Dolly Hernandez

Day Pitney/Richman Greer, Miami

Ms. Hernandez has achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and represents high net-worth individuals in complex marital and family law cases. Her practice includes international child abduction actions pursuant to the Hague Convention, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage actions, equitable distribution, alimony, paternity, child support, and parenting issues. Ms. Hernandez was named to the Florida Super Lawyers List (2014-2018), including the Top 50 Women list and Top 100 Miami list in 2018. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Jean Mignolet

Mignolet Business Research Consultants, Ft. Lauderdale

Ms. Mignolet is the owner of Mignolet Business Research Consultants based in Fort Lauderdale for over 25 years. She is a certified Florida License Private Investigator with experience in law enforcement, criminal defense and civil investigations. She is a pioneer in electronic information gathering. When Ms. Mignolet lost a family member in the Towers on September 11; she was recruited by a Dept. of Homeland Security contractor to help design and train law enforcement investigators and analysts around the country within a terrorism prevention workshop. Ms. Mignolet showed how “Pieces of the Evidence Puzzle” can be found in open source and proprietary databases. Her most recent government contract was training and consulting International Open Source Analysts that work with INTERPOL. Returning to her core investigative business these past couple of years, she was a team leader in developing the investigative action plans for the BP fraud cases. The majority of her investigations are now in-depth background investigations or due diligence on people and businesses for attorneys, businesses and individuals. She gathers the information so her clients are able to ask the right questions, make meaningful decisions and arrive at the best resolution.

Raymond J. Rafool, II

Rafool, LLC, Miami

Mr. Raymond J. Rafool, II, a partner at Rafool, LLC, is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, all courts in the State of Florida; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. As a Board Certified Attorney in Marital and Family Law, he concentrates his practice on domestic and international family law and business and commercial litigation. He is Board Certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar, and Nationally Board Certified as an Expert in Family Trial Law by The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). Mr. Rafool was named in the Miami Herald’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 list of South Florida’s Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected to the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list which recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. In addition, Mr. Rafool is rated a Florida Top Lawyer in Family Law by ALM and has a perfect 10 Avvo rating. For 2015, 2016 and 2017 Mr. Rafool is a Top 100 Lawyers, and on the Executive Committee for The National Advocates. He has represented many celebrities and individuals in complex family, same sex, and business litigation and lectures and has authored numerous publications on aforementioned practice areas. Mr. Rafool is a past Vice Chair and member of the Florida Family Law Rules Committee, the past Chair and member of the Florida Criminal Rules Committee, a past Vice Chair and member of the Florida Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee and a past Representative on the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.

Mark Sawicki

Mark E. Sawicki, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale

Mr. Sawicki earned his Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious SUNY Binghamton University with high honors. He then received his Juris Doctorate from Nova’s Shepard Broad Law Center. While in law school Mr. Sawicki interned at Palm Beach County’s Staff Attorneys office. During this internship is when he was first exposed to the courtroom, and more especially Family law. This lead him to excel in numerous advanced Trial, Business , and Family law classes further honing his skill at focusing on Family law, and Trial work. Mr. Sawicki was active in numerous organizations such as Jewish Law Students Association, and the most senior member of the Academic Dishonesty Panel, a distinction received for being a member for 3 years. Upon admittance to the Florida Bar Mr. Sawicki immersed himself in the practice of Family Law. Immediately learning law and court room strategy from a well respected sole practitioner in South Florida. He decided to open his own law firm using his skills and knowledge learned from his time spent practicing of Family Law in South Florida. Mr. Sawicki is a member of the Broward Bar, and the Florida Bar Family Law section.

Jennifer Waterway

Jennifer Kane Waterway, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale

Ms. Waterway is a family lawyer, mediator, and guardian ad litem. She handles divorce, child custody, timesharing, and relocation, paternity, domestic violence, and dependency matters involving the Department of Children and Families (DCF), as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements and post-judgment modification and enforcement actions. She has practiced law since 2000, focusing almost exclusively on family law since 2006, and started her own firm in 2011. Before that she worked for a well-known Boca Raton law firm for many years, handling high-conflict family, probate, and guardianship matters, and top-tier South Florida law firms representing sophisticated corporate clients in product liability, mass tort, and commercial matters in state and federal courts across the country. Before that she served as a judicial law clerk at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, handling civil, criminal, and family law appeals. She received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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