12th Annual Conference

The Westin San Diego

400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
October 13 – 16, 2014

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PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTE (October 13th)

12:45-1:00Introductory Remarks, Andrew E. Samalin, CFP®, EA, CDFA™, President
1:00-4:00Anatomy of a Specialty in Finances of Divorce, Justin Reckers, CFP®, CDFA™, AIF & Sandi Gumeson, CPA, CDFA™
 

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

The pre-conference session will cover concepts and best practices important to the success of new and emerging Divorce Financial Planners. We will share conceptual underpinnings of a concentration in financial analysis for divorce including a deep dive into a divorce financial planning business system map and operations procedures. We will take a deep dive into the six main revenue streams (Collaborative Divorce, Mediation consulting and Co-Mediation, Expert Testimony, Trial Consulting and Litigation Support, Post-Divorce Transition management, Divorce Financial Planning) uncovering skill sets, common engagements, typical tasks and tools of the trade. Participants will receive actionable tips and tools.

This session will appeal to those seeking to establish a business in conjunction with a wealth management business as well as those seeking to work only during dissolution proceedings. This session is co-presented by a 10+ year veteran of the practice, Justin Reckers, and an Associate who started with his firm two years ago with the intent of providing perspective from both ends of the spectrum.

CONFERENCE DAY 1 (October 13th)

6:00-8:30 PMReception & Dinner, Introductory Remarks, Ken Neumann, PhD; Keynote Address: Managing High-Conflict People, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., High Conflict Institute
 This keynote presentation will give a brief overview of 5 “high-conflict” personalities increasingly present in divorce practice, how to calm their upset brains, and several other tips for managing them – which are often the opposite of what you feel like doing!

CONFERENCE DAY 2 (October 14th)

10:00-4:00 PM (except breaks)Family Law Software Office Hours, Daniel Caine, MBA, JD, President
 Case and software consultations.  Register at conference.
8:30-9:00 AMIntroductory Remarks, Andrew E. Samalin, CDFA™, CFP® & Ken Neumann, PhD
9:00-10:40Complex Issues and Pitfalls in Divorce Taxation, Ginita Wall, CPA, CFP®, CDFA™
 

2.0 CFP CEU*, 2.0 CPA CPE*, 2.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Taxes

What's the best way to transfer a business in divorce to save taxes? What are the tax pitfalls of support stepdowns? How does alternative minimim tax affect the smart moves your clients should make? These are just a few of the complexities and pitfalls in divorce. This session will provide updates on tax changes that affect divorce as well as point out tax tips and traps for divorcing individuals – and the professionals who are working with them.

10:40-11:00Break
11:00-12:40Women, Money and Divorce: Developing a Niche within a Niche, Trisha Miller, CFP®, W. P. Carey & Co., Inc. and Cary Stamp, CFP®, CDFA™
 

2.0 CFP CEU*, 2.0 CPA CPE*, 2.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Learn more about the financial challenges, including the impact of divorce and death as well as women’s life expectancies and earning power, that many women continue to face today. We will discuss why now may be an opportune time to focus on the financial health of your female clients. Encourage your female clients to evaluate their current investment plan and begin their journey to becoming a successful and empowered female investor.

12:40-2:00Lunch, Presentation of 2014 Pioneering Award, Keynote Address: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bard, Carl M. Palatnik, Ph.D., CFP®, CDFA™, AAMS, Founding President Emeritus
 Discussion of the birth of divorce financial planning, its evolution and the added value it brings to the divorce process.
2:00-3:40What’s “Fair” About Business Value in Divorce? Or What’s “Fair” Value in Divorce?, Brandi Ruffalo, AVA, CBA, Valuation & Forensic Partners, LLC
 

2.0 CFP CEU*, 2.0 CPA CPE*, 2.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Business Valuation in divorce can be a daunting task for the client and their advisors.  This presentation will start with the basics of valuation and end with a case study of opposing appraisers with very different answers.  The end goal is to help you help your clients address valuation issues and move forward in their divorce process.

3:40-4:00Break
4:00-5:40Real Estate and Divorce, Andrew E. Samalin, CFP®, EA, CDFA™, President
 

2.0 CFP CEU*, 2.0 CPA CPE*, 2.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

This program will focus on the marital residence, investment property, cash flow issues relating to tenancy, an explanation of depreciation, financing and re-financing terms, investment and personal use properties.  We’ll also look at the risks and benefits of real estate in a portfolio, tax effects of titling,  depreciation recapture, passive activity losses, valuation metrics and income assumptions of real estate holdings in the context of the divorce process.

CONFERENCE DAY 3 (October 15th)

10:00-4:00 PM (except breaks)Family Law Software Office Hours, Daniel Caine, MBA, JD, President
 Case and software consultations.  Register at conference.
8:15-8:30 AMIntroductory Remarks, Andrew E. Samalin, CFP®, EA, CDFA™, President
8:30-10:10 AMHow to Work with High Net Worth Clients, Lili A. Vasileff, CFP®, CDFA™, President Emeritus
 

2.0 CFP CEU*, 2.0 CPA CPE*, 2.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

The key to working with high net worth clients is to position you as a financial expert in matters of divorce that directly impact future lifestyle and well-being of the client.  We must possess and apply specialized knowledge and skills that are substantially more comprehensive at an advanced level in order to help our client achieve their goals and objectives related to the accumulation, protection, and distribution of wealth.  We must be more ethically responsible so that we differentiate ourselves from all their other financial advisors. And, we must be skilled in analyzing the potential impact of behavioral finance on a client’s decision and applying a client-appropriate process.

The good news is that most often these clients presumably have the financial resources to afford your services; the bad news is that they may not have access to liquid funds to pay you (whether tethered to their ex-spouse or illiquid investments).  Often the earning spouse has a team of financial professionals in place; often the nonearning spouse has no one to turn to apart from the ex-spouse’s team of professionals.  In every case, you must distinguish yourself as a financial expert in divorce related financial issues with no other agenda but the client’s best interests at hand.

10:10-10:30Break
10:30-12:10Mining Personal and Corporate Tax Returns for Hidden Income, Value and Information, Justin L. Cherfoli, CPA/ABV, CFF & Brian R. Potter, CFA, CFE, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.
 

2.0 CFP CEU*, 2.0 CPA CPE*, 2.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Taxes

Family Law attorneys and practioners are often tasked with reviewing corporate and personal tax returns.  Given the complexity of tax regulations and parties' marital estates, this task may often prove daunting.  Mining Personal and Corporate Tax Returns for Hidden Income, Value and Information provides instruction on effectively using the information contained in three tax returns often encountered in divorce matters, namely the 1040 (individual return), the 1065 (partnership/LLC return), and the 1120S (S-corporation return).  The speakers will discuss how these returns are interrelated and how they can be used to answer questions such as:
 

  • How do I delineate between the cash flow and taxable income generated by a business or rental property?
  • How can I use the information contained in the returns to identify potential assets held in the marital estate or other parties of interest?
  • What types of additional information should be requested in order to fully understand the parties' financial picture?
12:10-1:20Lunch. Practice Dilemmas for the Divorce Financial Planner, Carl M. Palatnik, Ph.D., CFP®, CDFA™, AAMS , Founding President Emeritus, Jerry Cohen, CPA, CFF, ChFC, CDFA™, Rosemary Frank, MBA, CDFA™, CFE , Andrew Samalin, CFP®, EA, CDFA™, President
 Satisfies 2014 ADFP Ethics Requirement
1:20-3:00The Executive Divorce: Handling Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation in Divorce Cases, Jacqueline Roessler, CDFA™, CFS
 

2.0 CFP CEU*, 2.0 CPA CPE*, 2.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Do you have cases that involve high level executives?  This is a must-see presentation if you’ve ever had (or think you will  have) a case that involves Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation (NQDC) plans.  First and foremost, you’ll learn the different (often surprisingly easy) ways to collect information on these complex retirement  plans and then how to analyze the information you receive, taking taxes into consideration. Should NQDCs be treated as income for support purposes or as property for equitable distribution? If treated as property, should they be divided “if and when” paid or via valuation and offset? Each case is different, but after this fast-paced presentation, you’ll know the right questions to ask.

3:00-3:15Break
3:15-4:20Facilitative Communication Techniques in Divorce, Ken Neumann, Ph.D., Center for Mediation and Training
 This workshop focuses on skills that can be used to facilitate communication in divorce. Irrespective of whether a case is being mediated, litigated or worked on collaboratively or cooperatively, the emotional component and the different agendas and backgrounds of the various participants can easily cause the process to derail. Keeping the process on track and moving forward toward a positive conclusion requires insight into both individual and group dynamics and facilitative techniques that work in various interpersonal settings.
4:20-6:00Marketing Tactics: The Catalysts for Growing your Divorce Practice, Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA™, Cary Stamp, CFP®, CDFA™, Lisa Decker, CDFA™, Moderator
 Learn how to master the secrets to effective Public Relations, Speaking, Networking, Events and Marketing.

CONFERENCE DAY 4 (October 16th)

Half- and Full-Day Financial and Mediation Workshops (joint with Academy of Professional Family Mediators). Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, transportation provided. Ferry leaves at 9:00 AM.

 Mediators Working with Neutral Divorce Financial Specialists: A Natural Partnership to Enhance Client Outcome and Create More Business, Stacey Langenbahn, Linda Miller-DeBerard & Jerry Cohen, CPA, CFF, ChFC, CDFA™
 

7.0 CFP CEU*, 7.0 CPA CPE*, 7.0 CDFA*

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

This Institute will first focus on the way that Mediators and Neutral Divorce Financial Specialists can work together in various ways such as forming networks following the "Team Mediation Model"; having neutrals participate in traditional mediations; as well as how mediators and financial specialists can refer to each other. We will then look at several examples where the input of a neutral financial specialist contributed to a significantly better outcome. And we will follow a very complex case from beginning to end which included a post-divorce mediation (Full Day).

 Basic Issues in Understanding the 1040 Tax Return, Peggy Tracy, CDFA™, CFP®
 

3.5 CFP CEU*, 3.5 CPA CPE*, 3.5 CDFA*

Field of Study: Taxes

The tax return tells the story of all the taxable events that occurred in a couple’s life in the previous tax year and gives us many clues of what else to look for. This seminar will discuss the basic Federal 1040 along with accompanying Schedules A, B, C, D and E. Attendees will learn about all the material that is embedded in the Basic 1040 and how to use this material in our work with divorcing couples (AM Only).

 Tax Implications: A Study of Comparative Business Entities – Cheryl S. Glazer, MST
 3.5 CFP CEU*, 3.5 CPA CPE*, 3.5 CDFA*

Do assets of the marital estate include a closely held business, a partnership, a corporation? Is business dissolution contemplated or will the business entity be sustained on a split of equity, assets and income? Long before divorce was contemplated and with no consideration for that possibility, the manner in which the business was then formed will now impact on property settlement negotiations. This presentation will highlight those distinctions by comparing and contrasting a single hypothetical business entity when structured as a C- corp, an S-corp a partnership and an LLC (PM Only).
 Pension, Retirement and Corporate Benefit Plans, Jacqueline Roessler, CDFA™, CFS
 

3.5 CFP CEU*, 3.5 CPA CPE*, 3.5 CDFA*

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Familiarize attendees with private, Federal (CSRS, FERS, FSPS, Military), state, county and municipal pension, retirement and deferred compensation plans and with corporate benefit plans such as stock options, deferred compensation, and “Golden Parachute” plans. Determining whether such plan benefits are divisible in divorce, or, if not, possible work-arounds. Difficulties in valuing plan benefits. Implementing the allocation of such plan benefits between divorcing parties with the use of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (or equivalent Orders). Related issues including tax equalization between pre- and post-tax assets, treatment of Social Security, treatment of IRA accounts, International Agency Plans, employer provided life insurance plans, Federal preemption of state law, of the terms of the Agreement of the ties, and of the provisions of the Judgment of Absolute Divorce. 5. Session (PM Only)

 Narrative Understanding: Perspectives and Approaches to Improving Conflict Resolution Skills, Abby Rosmarin, Esq., LMHC & Danielle Spencer, M.S.
 How can we understand the myriad ways stories speak to us? The Narrative Understanding workshop is an experiential approach to the themes of narrative analysis, storytelling, and listening. Utilizing thematic writing prompts, novel materials such as film clips and targeted group discussion, we will improve our analytical skills and explore the workings of narrative (Full Day).
 How to Make Mediation Your Day Job, Forrest (Woody) Mosten
 If you have ever considered trying to make mediation your day job, this is the Pre-conference Institute is the one to attend. It will help you decide if you have the skills, personality and commitment necessary to become a full-time mediator. The author of the "Mediation Career Guide," Forrest (Woody) Mosten will point out the essential steps in establishing a career as a full-time mediator. He will provide self-assessment materials and tools for marketing your practice, considering your options, and developing yourself as a mediator (Full Day).
 Screening for Power Imbalances and Family Violence, Elizabeth Hyde, Christine Kim & Lene Madsen
 Today's clients present diverse and challenging realities. Building on participants’ own understanding and skills, this program fills a gap between mediation training and real practice. Effective resolution of complex conflict requires a deeper understanding of risk, negotiation power and drivers of conflict. Using role plays, simulations, demonstrations and discussion, this program will challenge participants to rethink their existing practices and move to the next level as reflective mediators (AM Only).
 Creative Mediation: Thinking Outside The Box Clients Don’t Even Want To Be In, Chip Rose
 There is a whole assortment of impasse-producing characteristics that clients bring to the process and some of the most challenging are the position-based, bottom-line, oppositional attitudes they hold about the most important and critical issues. This institute will focus on the use of theoretical frameworks and creative approaches to basic issues of child support, alimony and the family residence to help clients embrace effective approaches to success while continuing to pursue their own self-interests (AM Only).
 Advanced/Strategic Mediation Skills, Elizabeth Hyde, Christine Kim, & Lene Madsen
 Today's clients present diverse and challenging realities. Building on participants’ own understanding and skills, this program fills a gap between mediation training and real practice. Effective resolution of complex conflict requires a deeper understanding of risk, negotiation power and drivers of conflict. Using role plays, simulations, demonstrations and discussion, this program will challenge participants to rethink their existing practices and move to the next level as reflective mediators (PM Only).
 Reception (ADPF/APFM Mixer)

Accounting Professionals and Others Looking to Earn CPE Credits

CPAs should check with their individual states to confirm state approval of NASBA-approved courses.

Programs will be presented in a Group-Live format. Program levels will include basic/introduction, intermediate and advanced level programs. No preparation is necessary.

For information on refunds, complaints or program cancellation policies, please contact us at ADFP@DivorceAndFinance.org or 888.838.7773.

 

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