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Family Law Presentation to Trial Lawyers’ Section of the Collier County Bar Association

Nicole L. Goetz, with the assistance of associate attorney Holly A. Rice, presented an update on and general discussion of family law to the Trial Lawyer’s Section of the Collier County Bar Association on June 2, 2015.

The presentation included a discussion of basic family law as well as certain key bills introduced during the 2015 legislative session.  The legislation discussion included bills relating to alimony reform, to parental timesharing with children, to collaborative law, and the legislative portion of the presentation concluded with a discussion of the newly passed law concerning grandparent rights.  Ms. Goetz also summarized the status of Same Sex Marriage in Florida and nationally, along with both a historical and current view of the 50 states’ positions on the issue.  She concluded the presentation with a brief discussion of key cases and concepts highlighting the intersection of family law with various practice areas to help non-family law lawyers better understand common family law issues that can arise in their practice.

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Nicole L. Goetz Moderates Presentation on Tax Consequences in Equitable Distributions

Nicole L. Goetz moderated a discussion between Thomas J. Sasser, Esq. of West Palm Beach and David L. Manz, Esq. of Marathon, on the issue of tax consequences in equitable distribution awards.  The discussion included questions and answers addressing the speakers’ differing positions on various issues relative to tax consequences in equitable distributions.  Specifically, they addressed whether a trial court is required to reduce assets for potential tax consequences, including future tax consequences, the lawyer’s responsibility to present evidence to the trial court of tax liabilities and contingent tax liabilities, and unequal distributions as alternatives to immediate offsets for future taxes, as well as the viability of the Imminent Sale Doctrine in divorce cases.  The live audio webcast presentation, “To Tax Effect or Not:  Does the Imminent Sale Doctrine Still Exist?” was jointly presented by the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and is available from the Florida Bar in Audio CD.