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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
A clearly customized agreement for separation, divorce or parenting may take more time to write, but the benefits are obvious, there is much less likelihood of future conflict due to ambiguity and/or lack of direction plus guidance for the future for married couples to live their lives as separate entities.
 
The morning session, Agreement Drafting, featuring The Master Agreement, presented by the author, attorney Jay Bultz is designed to educate the attendee on basic issues specific to the drafting of agreements and MOUs The afternoon session, Financial Considerations in Agreement Drafting, presented by Emily Johnston, CFP, CDFA is designed to educate attendees on basic financial and tax issues specific to family such as alimony, child support, property transfers including QDROs. 
 
Both sessions together will provide attendees with critical and invaluable knowledge to advise and protect parties in the dissolution of their marriage and sending them on their way to fend for themselves under the guidance of a comprehensive agreement.
 
About the Book 
A specific unambiguous agreement for separation or divorce may take more time to write, but the benefits to the parties
are enormous. Agreements are ignored when clients are getting along but when they run into the inevitable conflicts, a well-written agreement is essential. Clients should have set, easy-to-understand guidelines that provide clear direction. The professional’s job is to create a user-friendly
agreement that is specific to each couple’s unique needs and addresses not only the usual but the unusual situations that can arise down the road. While agreements create a framework and plan of action for the end of a marriage, they often create new obligations as well. To create
certainty related to these new obligations, agreements must be comprehensive and well-constructed. To that end, having the right tools and resources to work with is essential.

A master form is an excellent tool for guiding the parties through all of the relevant issues in a logical order while keeping the parties – and the professional – on task. With such a tool it is easy to designate any issue as “undecided” and come back to it later without it being forgotten. A master form will present various options, invite exploration of alternatives and provide a thorough discussion of specifics of each issue. This Master Agreement is that tool!

This resource will help you create a comprehensive agreement on every issue in your separation and divorce cases. Organized into issues, subjects and then topics, the Master Agreement provisions include: separation and support of the parties and an adjustment of martial rights and duties; a parenting plan covering custody, child support and protection issues; division of property; allocation of debts and liabilities; and, administrative and housekeeping provisions. Alternative options are listed so that you may select those provisions most applicable to your case.
This Master Agreement document may be used as a binding contract or simply as a memorandum of understanding. The package comes complete with a cover page, table of
contents, a comprehensive agreement, acknowledgements page and certificates of counsel and guardian. Purchase includes both a printed version and the full text on CD, in both PDF and Word.

This Master Agreement will save you time, money and grief!
Summary of Contents:
- Recitals
- Marital Rights and Obligations
- Parenting
- Assets and Income
- Debts and Liabilities
- Administrative
 
IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THE PUBLICATION YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT KRISTIE HAUSTOVICH, PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR AT khaustovich@scbar.org or 803 771 0333 x126.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: February 12, 2015
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
Approved Credit:
  • SCSCC: 6.00 hours Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

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    “The South Carolina Tort Law Update” has become an annual favorite for attorneys who practice personal injury and tort law. Course Planners John Nichols and Scott Moise, have recruited an outstanding faculty of jurists and practitioners for a day of scholarly and practical insights covering some of the hottest trends in tort law and litigation. This year’s program features presentations on premises liability, probate torts, national and state trends in products liability litigation, medical malpractice and Professor Bob Felix’s popular “review and preview.” 
     
    There will also be insights on skills for advocates in the mediation process, as well as a powerful presentation on the psychology of persuasion. Finally, we are pleased to offer a substance abuse/mental health hour, which also counts as LEPR credit. 
     
    Best of all, every registrant to the program will receive a copy of the brand new 2014 Supplement to The South Carolina Law of Torts, Fourth Edition by John Nichols and Scott Moise. If you practice personal injury or tort law in South Carolina, this is a program and book you cannot afford to miss!
     
     
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 13, 2015
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • SCSCC: 6.00 hours Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, 1 hour Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 1 hour Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SA/MH)

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    PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS 6.5 MCLE CREDIT HOURS, WHICH INCLUDES 6.0 LEPR CREDIT HOURS.  YOU CAN ONLY USE 6.0 PER COMPLIANCE PERIOD.  THE .5 HOUR WILL NOT ROLL OVER TO THE NEXT COMPLIANCE PERIOD AS PER SC COMMISSION ON CLE AND SPECIALIZATION RULES
     
    The SC Bar-CLE Division is proud to present the 2015 edition of one of our most popular seminars. Designed and moderated by Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Few, this innovative, powerful and practical seminar always takes an entertaining and insightful look at some of the thorniest evidence problems any trial lawyer or judge could face and this year is no exception. Judge Few has brought together a truly outstanding faculty of talented and experienced trial attorneys for an unforgettable and entertaining learning experience. Judge Few and faculty have prepared exhaustively for the program.
     
    If you are a South Carolina litigator who wants to sharpen your evidence skills and knowledge or you simply want to come to the most exciting CLE program you have ever attended, then you don’t want to miss It’s All a Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence!
     
    Seminar Agenda:
    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Hon. John C. Few
    Chief Judge, South Carolina Court of Appeals
     
    He’s Already Said It Once: Using Prior Depositions in Your Case in Chief
    Brady R. Thomas
    Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, Columbia
    Evidentiary and practical considerations including: do you have to read prior deposition testimony in order?;
    who can read the passages?; what depositions can you use?; can you put the text on the big screen?; do you have to play the video?; can you use the deposition if the witness is in the court room? We will also discuss advantages to using deposition passages in your case in chief as opposed to examining live witnesses.
     
    Forensic Interviews and Child Hearsay Statutes: What’s Fair, What’s Foul and Are More Problems Yet to Come?
    Blake A. Hewitt
    Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC, Columbia
    Don Henley famously sang that lawyers deal in small details. This disclaimer finds voice in many areas, but none more so than the evolving area of when and why certain out of court statements made by a young child may be admitted into evidence. Some questions in this area seem to have settled answers, but other issues are less clear, either because the court has avoided confronting them or because nobody has raised them. We will explore this area whle covering the things that seem established and tug at the edges of issues that are yet to come.
     
    Gatekeeper or Grim Reaper: Daubert Challenges—Motion Strategy and Expert Testimony
    Marian W. Scalise
    Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA, Myrtle Beach
    Experts are an expensive yet necessary part of proving a case. By discussing case law interpreting Daubert and Rule 702, we’ll examine strategies to shore up your expert to prevent exclusion while preparing to attack and eliminate opposing experts through cross examination and motions. 
     
    A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words–The Admissibility of Crime Scene and Autopsy Photos
    April W. Sampson
    Assistant Solicitor Fifth Judicial Circuit, Columbia
    In this session, we will discuss the pitfalls of introducing graphic photos and how to determine whether such photos are admissible under a probative value vs. prejudicial effect test.
     
    Let’s Be Real: A Discussion of Authentication in the Context of Federal Drug Prosecutions
    Andrew B. Moorman
    U.S. Attorney’s Office, Greenville
    Rule 901 requires a party seeking to introduce a piece of evidence at trial to first show that the evidence is what party claims it to be. During this presentation, actual videos, photographs, and other exhibits the Government introduced during federal drug trials will be displayed. One of the prosecutors who tried these cases will discuss the plan the Government had to authenticate this evidence pursuant to Rule 901 and how the lawyers for the Government executed this plan.
     
    Trial Ethics: A Town Hall Meeting
    Hon. John C. Few
    Chief Judge, SC Court of Appeals
    Judge Few will make a series short of presentations on ethical issues lawyers face during trial, each followed by a discussion among participants.
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 20, 2015
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • SCSCC: 6.50 hours Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, 6.00 hours Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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    Who can Participate and How Many Hours Can you Earn?

    Click HERE for a complete set of rules for alternatively delivered programming. Supreme Court Commission on CLE rules allow SC Bar members to use "alternatively delivered programming" (i.e., telephone or Internet-based programming) to obtain up to 6.0 hours of MCLE each reporting period. These hours may come in any increment and may cover any type of credit required or allowed. Hours earned via alternatively delivered programming may not be "banked" to the next reporting period.
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    Commission Rules on Checkpoints and Attendance?

    Commission on CLE Rules require that each "live" or "on-demand" Internet-based (online) program must include a mechanism that will track attendance. SC Bar-CLE online programs include automated "checkpoints" which require the viewer to click on an on-screen prompt in order to verify continued participation. Each SC Bar CLE on-demand or live webcast program will include 4 (four) "checkpoint" prompts. These prompts will cover your screen and remain visible for 60 (sixty) seconds. You must click on EACH prompt in order to receive full credit for the program you are viewing.
    How is my Attendance Reported?

    Once you complete the program (viewing the video to the end and hitting all of the checkpoints), you may submit for CLE credit. Simply access your Education Credit Profile and click the “Submit Credit” button to the right of the program title you are submitting for. You will be asked to take part in an evaluation survey. Following that, you will electronically sign your name and click “Submit”. Be sure to print the certificate of completion to keep in your records. Your completion is automatically recorded for reporting to the South Carolina Commission on CLE and Specialization. If you need credit for another state, please contact Jane Points at jpoints@scbar.org or call 803-576-3828.