What a Family Law Lawyer Needs to Know: 5 Issues, 5 Practitioners - Part 2

What a Family Law Lawyer Needs to Know: 5 Issues, 5 Practitioners - Part 2

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CPD Accredited Credits
Professionalism: 0.5
Substantive: 0.75
Elissa Gamus
Audrey Shecter
Paul Stern
Michael Tweyman
Mary Wahbi
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
75 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
TLA Family Law Conference 2016
Includes Handouts

What a Family Law Lawyer Needs to Know:  5 Issues, 5 Practitioners

Family lawyers constantly deal with matters outside of the family law arena.   In this nutshell, 5 practitioners will talk about the following 5 issues you need to identify and understand as a family lawyer:

  • Criminal law: Ethical dilemmas regarding the abuse of criminal proceedings and the lawyer’s role.
  • Corporate law: Structuring tax aspects of settlements.
  • Insurance Law: The impact of the Dagg decision on designating insurance beneficiaries (currently under appeal to the Court of Appeal for Ontario)

Paul Stern:

  • Ethical dilemmas regarding the abuse of criminal proceedings and the lawyer’s role.

Mary Wahbi:

  • Best practices for lawyers
  • Recognizing when corporate/tax matters require expertise outside of the family law practitioner

Michael Tweyman:

  • Practical application of designating one spouse as an irrevocable beneficiary
  • A review of The Dagg decision in its current state, including the issues the trial court and appeal courts have dealt with regarding the issue of entitlement to life insurance proceeds between competing claimants
  • Addressing the issue of a future dependents being part of the life insurance “pot” and strategies for dealing with this contingency when representing both payors and recipients of support
  • How a family lawyer can manage risk in these circumstances and avoid getting a LawPRO claim?


Elissa Gamus

Audrey Shecter

Audrey is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. She represents and assists parties with matters such as property division, parenting and access, child support, spousal support, cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts. She has specific expertise in the area of private adoptions. She regularly appears before all levels of court in Ontario on behalf of her clients, as well as at mediations and arbitrations. Audrey received her LL.B. from Queen’s University in 1998 and was called to the Ontario bar in 2000. In addition, Audrey holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history, and a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree. Audrey is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Canadian Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the Advocates’ Society and the Toronto Lawyers’ Association. She is accredited in the practice of Collaborative Law. Audrey acts as an Advisor for the Law Society of Ontario’s Coach and Advisor Network (CAN) for lawyers and paralegals. Audrey is married and is the proud mother of three children.

Paul Stern

Michael Tweyman

Mary Wahbi

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