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How to Conduct a Comprehensive Client Consultation and Intake for your Matrimonial or Family Law Client

SKU: FAM2900
Total Credits
1.5 - 2
Price$100
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Description

This CLE course will go through what questions to ask, what answers to give and how to issue spot and strategize with a prospective client through a mock client consultation. A client consultation is an attorney’s chance to set him or herself apart from other attorneys to not only win the client, but also gathering the information an attorney needs to strategize and effectively represent the individual. Family Law issues are often emotionally charged and this course will address issues related to divorce, custody, child, support, spousal support, equitable distribution, as well as the practical advice and candor required when representing parties in these sensitive areas.

This course is designed to provide you with the skills to land the client, spot the issues, formulate a strategy with the client and allay many of the client’s fears and concerns from an emotional and practical standpoint by providing you with a front row seat in a client consultation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how to offer a PAID complete comprehensive consultation.
2. Learn the correct questions to ask to gather the information necessary while redirecting the emotions, yet remaining sensitive to the client’s needs and fragile emotional state.
3. Receive an overview of all of the issues involved in these sensitive matters.
4. Develop skills on handling the emotional side of the client, while keeping him or her focused on the legal issues at hand.
5. Learn how to turn that consult into a client.

Lecturer Bios

Alissa L. Van Horn Esq.

Alissa L. Van Horn, Esq. is a Founding Member and Managing Partner of Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., a boutique family law firm, exclusively dedicated to handling family and matrimonial cases in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Prior to founding Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., Alissa opened the doors to her first solo practice in 2010, the Law Office of Alissa L. Van Horn, P.C. where she exclusively concentrated on matrimonial and family law matters. Alissa was previously an associate of Rosin Steinhagen Mendel in New York, NY, a boutique family law firm, where she primarily focused on adoption and foster care litigation for more than three years. Alissa began her career as an attorney in 2006, as an associate of Gildin, Zelenitz & Shapiro, P.C., where she engaged in general practice with a concentration in matrimonial and family law matters.

Alissa is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Chapter, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, a former member of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

Alissa is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and the United States Supreme Court. Alissa has a juris doctor from Widener University School of Law, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2017, Alissa received Alissa received the Long Island Power Women in Business Award and the Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Award and has been selected as an honoree at the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Awards in 2018. Alissa is also a 3-time recipient of the Rising Star Award and the Top Female Attorneys Award for NYC Metro by Super Lawyers Magazine. Alissa received the “10 Best” Award by the American Institute for Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017, the Top 10 Under 40 Award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, the Top 100 Attorneys Award and the Top 40 under 40 Award for NYC by the National Advocates in the area of Divorce and Family Law, the Outstanding Women in the Law Award for 2016 by Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children and Families, and was featured by LI Pulse Magazine as a Top Legal Eagle in March 2017.

Meredith Friedman, Esq.

Meredith Friedman, Esq., a managing partner of Van Horn & Friedman, PC, provides dedicated legal representation to clients living in Queens, New York, and throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties. She focuses her practice on family law, generally handling cases that involve high-asset divorce, child custody, child support and visitation.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in business consumer affairs, Ms. Friedman went on to attend the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. From there, she received a Juris Doctor in 2006.

Divorce and its related legal matters can be among the most difficult times in a family’s life. Ms. Friedman understands the unique challenges that these events can create. She also knows that a divorce may not be the end of the relationship for many families. For that reason, Ms. Friedman strives to help her clients achieve amicable solutions to their legal issues.

While it is generally her goal to obtain harmonious resolutions, Ms. Friedman aggressively advocates on behalf of her clients when the other side is uncooperative. She values clear communication with her clients about their goals and how the legal process works, and helps them to address their short- and long-term needs. Beyond her work in the courtroom, Ms. Friedman is active in the legal community. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Friedman is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Ms. Friedman is a four-time recipient of the Rising Star Award from Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2018, she was named 40 under 40 by Long Island Business News, as well as being recognized as 40 Stars by Schneps Communication. She received Outstanding Women in the Law Award by Hofstra University in 2016. She was named Top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, as well as named the 10 Best Family Law Attorney Award for New York by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Ms. Friedman was also named a Distinguished Lawyer by the Expert Network, a Top Lawyer by the American Law Society, and recognized by Long Island Business News for Leadership in Law in 2017.



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