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Presenter: Carolyn M. Bone and 5 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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8:00 - 8:30 am EST

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

12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

Afternoon Session
1:00 - 4:30 pm EST

Assisting with Family Law Case Intake

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

Preparing Pleadings and Assisting with Motion Practice

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

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

EvaluatAssisting with Family Court DSS Cases

Appealing an indicated case; how and why
Discovery – what to ask for and what is a complete file Important statues
What is a Safety Plan and why it is not worth the paper it is written on
Court information sheets are ex parte contact with the court – how to strike them
Sometimes your client is guilty – helping them through

Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Decrees

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

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

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

This webinar offers paralegals
6.5 CLE hours, including
1.0 ethics hour, that have been approved by the NALA.
NFPA credit pending.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, to paralegals. The National Association of Legal Assistants has approved it.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for course approval, which is pending. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for current credit information under this webinar listing.

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)


Carolyn M. Bone

Carolyn M. Bone is the principal of The Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC in Summerville, SC, where she focuses her practice entirely on family law issues. Ms. Bone is a Certified South Carolina Family Court Mediator and past president of the Dorchester County Bar Association.  She serves on the SC Bar Family Law Council, as well as the Dorchester County Family Court Liaison Committee. Ms. Bone earned her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina and was recently voted "Best Family Law Attorney in Charleston- Runner Up" by the Charleston City Paper.

Deborah J. Butcher

Deborah J. Butcher is a founding attorney of the Camden Law Firm, P.A. Mrs. Butcher has been in private practice since 2007 and has extensive experience with both criminal, family, and civil practice. Her family law practice includes separation, divorce, alimony, custody, and visitation, child support, both in and out of state adoptions, paternity, state jurisdiction, and orders of protection. Mrs. Butcher has worked with Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, providing representation to defend individuals' civil rights under the ADA.  She has also worked under a grant from the United States Department of Justice to provide representation for domestic abuse victims.

Megan Hunt Dell

Megan Hunt Dell is the founder and principal attorney of Dell Family Law, P.C. She focuses her practice on all areas of family law and appeals of cases heard in South Carolina Family Court. She is a certified guardian ad litem for private custody and adoption cases. Ms. Dell is regularly invited to speak at continuing legal education seminars on family law topics. She is a member in the Charleston County Bar Association, the Berkeley County Bar Association, and the South Carolina Bar Association. Ms. Dell is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the Charleston School of Law, and she previously served on the Charleston School of Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Ms. Dell was named the 2017 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the South Carolina Bar Association.

J. Michael DeTreville

J. Michael DeTreville is the principal attorney in the firm of DeTreville Law & Mediation, LLC, whose office is located in Charleston, SC. The firm primarily handles clients in the “Tri-County” (Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester) region. Mr. DeTreville  graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science in 2001, and with a J.D. from the University of South Carolina, School of Law in 2005. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November of 2005, and has been in private practice since that time, first as an associate attorney for Patricia O. DeTreville, P.A., prior to founding DeTreville Law & Mediation. Approximately 75% of his practice is devoted to Family Court litigation.  He is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including: the Charleston County Bar; the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association; and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Suzanne L. Hawkins

Suzanne L. Hawkins is the owner of Hawkins Law, where she practices in the fields of family law, LLR defense, and custody and special needs. Her family law practice includes: separation, divorce, custody, visitation, DSS cases, modification of custody and visitation orders, and enforcement of prior orders. Over more than twenty-two years of practice, Ms. Hawkins had worked across South Carolina and has tried cases, argued motions, and handled appeals in courts ranging from the Administrative Law Court to the Federal District Court. She is also Special Counsel at Duff Freeman Lyon, LLC.

Carrie Warner

Carrie Warner, Attorney at Law, is known for her ability to successfully litigate complex cases. She was part of the legal team that made history in 2014 when their clients prevailed on their challenge to South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, with the ultimate decision made by the U.S. District Court. Ms. Warner brings considerable experience in the family, probate, civil and appellate court systems. She is regularly featured in statewide publications, at conferences, and in the news media. She also serves as a volunteer for the American Bar Association's legal services program for U.S. Military service members.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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