DVD - Proving your Financial Case in Matrimonial Law

Are you a legal services matrimonial advocate and having difficulty seeking a favorable support and/or distributive award? Unsure of how to make an affirmative case for relief with very limited resources? This session will provide legal services matrimonial advocates with legal guidance and practical tips in cases where a suspected, moneyed opposing party has either defaulted or has failed to comply with discovery requests. We’ll cover two situations where defendants are hiding income and/or assets: a) when a defendant has completely defaulted, and b) when a defendant has appeared in court but is not complying with discovery requests, submits vague or incomplete answers, or is non-responsive during depositions. A matrimonial attorney, private investigators, and a forensic accountant will facilitate our discussion and offer three different but interrelated perspectives.

By the conclusion of the training, you’ll learn how to:  

  • Protect the client if you anticipate a defaulting or uncooperative party;
  • Conduct motion practice related to defaults, ‘paper’ discovery, and depositions;
  • Find hidden assets;
  • Search various record sources, including public records, and locate domestic and international property;
  • Compare reported income versus expenses;
  • Understand individual and corporate income taxes; and
  • Recognize signs of suspicious financial activity in financial records.

  • CLE Credits
    Skills: 4.50
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Practice Area(s)
    Practice Skills
  • Price: $150

About the Faculty

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    Anna Maria Diamanti (Speaker)

    Anna Maria Diamanti has been the Director of the Family Law/DV Unit since July 2008. Prior to coming to SBLS, Ms Diamanti was a Supervising Attorney at Safe Horizon's Domestic Violence Law Project from 2002 to 2006 and a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati from 2000 to 2002. Ms Diamanti received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000 and her B.A. in History from Boston College in 1997.
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    Alan Blass (Speaker)

    Alan I. Blass, CPA, CFE, founder and President of Alan I. Blass, CPA, CFE, PC in New York and Alan I. Blass, CPA, CFE, PA in Florida. Alan has over 30 years of experience in Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support, including significant experience in both the public and private sectors. Early in his career, Mr. Blass served as the Deputy Chief Investigative Auditor for the New York City Department of Investigation, coordinating criminal investigations involving corrupt politicians, employees and contractors. He earned the NYCDOI Outstanding Sustained Performance Award. Alan has spent the last 25 years in the private sector, including time with Kroll Associates and other prominent consulting groups, performing complex corporate and governmental financial investigations and litigation support, involving a myriad of industries and types of businesses. He has qualified as an Expert witness at both depositions and trials in criminal and civil court. He currently serves as the Chair Emeritus of the New York City Chapter and the President of the South Florida Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. He previously served as the President of the New York City Chapter during 2012 and 2013.
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    Alyssa-Rae McGinn (Speaker)

    Alyssa-Rae McGinn is an Associate Director in Kroll’s General Investigations and Disputes practice in New York. In this role, she leverages public and legal records, print and online media sources and human intelligence to lead and conduct investigations for private sector and pro-bono clients. Alyssa-Rae has worked on a variety of assignments, including multijurisdictional asset searches, fraud investigations and pre-transactional due diligence research. She is also co-founder of the Women’s Network at Kroll. She joined the firm as an Associate in June 2014. Prior to joining Kroll, Alyssa-Rae attended St. John’s University, where she conducted and published scholarly research in the fields of writing centers and undergraduate pedagogy. Alyssa-Rae holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English.
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    Robert Addona (Speaker)

    Robert Addona is a Senior Director and an investigator with Kroll?s General Investigations and Disputes practice in New York. Robert has been with Kroll for over nine years and has vast experience in conducting investigations and providing security consulting services to clients. Prior to Kroll, Robert retired from the New York City Police Department in June of 2005 as a Second Grade Detective, after completing 20 years of service. Combined, Robert has over 29 years of experience in the security and investigative field both in the public and the private sector. Robert has extensive experience in conducting all facets of investigations including, interviews, interrogations, surveillance, undercover operations, testifying in numerous jurisdictions, cultivating confidential informants/human intelligence, and evidence collection.