Attorney Karen J. Levitt was selected to be a presenter at two different workshops at the October 25-28, 2018 Annual Forum of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
The theme of this year’s conference is “Collaborative Creativity” in divorce and family law. The conference is being held in Seattle, Washington. Attendance is by attorneys, financial, mental health and other collaborative professionals from countries around the world who practice in divorce and family law.
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The Levitt Law Group, LLC, was a finish line sponsor at the Lowell Humane Society Muddy Paws 5k on June 2, 2018. We all walked, not ran, with lots of other supporters and their dogs, on a very hot but fun day. Participating in our group were Attorney Karen J. Levitt, Attorney Andrea M. Wells and her dog Jack, Attorney Emily A. Weber, Legal Assistant Paula Dumont along with her daughters Hannah and Courtney and their dog Lacey, our intern Lauren Elkins, and friends Ellen Makarevich and Steve Morris.
We had a booth with information about our office and our services, with Andrea’s dog Jack serving as our office dog greeter. He was very good about not eating all the biscuits we had at our booth for the other dog participants!
The Lowell Humane Society exceeded its goal for the fundraiser, raising over $44,000.00 for local animals. The Lowell Humane Society provides shelter to over 1,100 animals each year, and fundraisers such as these are important to the shelter’s ongoing care and protection of animals.
We are proud to have contributed. If you would like to donate to the shelter, go to http://www.lowellhumanesociety.org/donate/.
Congratulations are in order! Attorney Andrea M. Wells was elected to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation at their Annual Meeting in May.
MCFM is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to helping Massachusetts residents resolve their family law disputes through Mediation Services, rather than going to Court.
MCFM is the oldest professional organization in Massachusetts dedicated to family mediation. MCFM establishes standards to guide the professional practice of family mediation in Massachusetts, and offers a certification program for qualified members. Andrea is excited to serve on the Board and honored to have been elected by MCFM’s members! For more information go to www.mcfm.org.
Each party must complete a financial statement form and file with the Court to get divorced in Massachusetts – it’s required. Yet the financial statement form comes with little if any instructions. While most clients and their attorneys hate these forms because they’re time consuming and painful to complete, learning why the form is necessary and how it’s used may make you love (or at least not hate) the form! Here goes:
- The Court financial statement form incorporates the concept of full disclosure of income, assets, expenses, and liabilities. Why? Because in divorce you are dividing or reallocating income, assets, expenses and liabilities, and can’t do so without knowing what those are. The Court financial statement form that each party completes, lays it all out there for both parties to see. This allows the Court to be sure that the parties have a shared understanding of their finances, and to determine if an agreement with respect to those finances is fair and reasonable.
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Attorneys Karen J. Levitt, Andrea M. Wells, and Emily A. Weber attended the 2018 Excellence in the Law event hosted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston on May 10, 2018. The 2018 Excellence in the Law event celebrated excellence in in the legal community and honored individuals in the following categories: Up & Coming Lawyers, Excellence in Firm Administration/Operations, Marketing, Paralegal Work, Legal Journalism and Pro Bono. Attorney Emily A. Weber was chosen this year as a one of the Up & Coming Lawyers honorees. The Up and Coming Lawyers so honored are attorneys who have been members of the Massachusetts Bar for 10 years or less, yet have already distinguished themselves as rising stars in the practice of law. Attorney Emily A. Weber’s award is well deserved, and the Levitt Law Group is proud to have Attorney Weber as part of its team. In 2016 Attorney Karen J. Levitt was honored for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
On Friday, March 23rd, 2018 Attorney Andrea M. Wells completed an 8-hour Court-connected Conciliation training at the Essex County Probate and Family Court in Lawrence, MA. The Conciliation Training was presented by the Massachusetts Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. Conciliation is a form of dispute resolution where the parties to a case voluntarily agree to sit down with a neutral party (the Conciliator) to try to reach an agreement or partial agreement out of Court. The Conciliator can help the parties by clarifying the issues in their case and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ respective positions. Under the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, completion of this training provides the mandated qualification standards for court-connected neutrals. Not only will Attorney Andrea M. Wells’ Conciliation Training allow her to provide conciliation services to Lawrence SERV Program (Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers), but she may now volunteer her services in any Probate and Family Court approved conciliation program. Providing services to the community is part of who we are at the Levitt Law Group, and Andrea now adds her new skills training to the dispute resolution services we provide.
Levitt Law Group, LLC is proud to be a Finish Line Sponsor for the Lowell Humane Society’s upcoming Muddy Paws Benefit 5k Walk/Run taking place on June, 2, 2018 in Lowell! The Lowell Humane Society, a private not for profit organization, is one of the oldest humane organizations in Massachusetts and works tirelessly to prevent cruelty, provide care for homeless and distressed animals, and educate the public about responsible pet ownership. Levitt Law Group employees (and their dogs!) will also be participating in the 5k as walkers and runners to raise money for the organization. Check out https://www.classy.org/event/muddy-paws-5k/e151371 to donate to Levitt Law Group’s fundraising team, or to sign up for the event. We hope to see you there!
Attorney Emily A. Weber has been honored as a “2018 Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Attorneys selected as “Up and Coming Lawyers” have been members of the Massachusetts Bar for 10 years or less, yet have already distinguished themselves as rising stars in the practice of law. The Levitt Law Group is proud to have Emily as one of the honorees, it is well deserved. Emily will be recognized for her legal accomplishments at the annual 2018 Excellence in the Law Event held on May 10, 2018 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston. Congratulations Emily!
Attorney Karen J. Levitt and her colleagues psychologist Gina Arons, Psy.D and Attorney Patrice Brymner, have been selected by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (“MCLC”) to present one of the four workshops at the MCLC 2018 Collaborative Practice Forum: Collaborative Leadership: Modeling Collaborative Values In Business, Life And Community, which is scheduled for April 27, 2018 at the Four Points Sheraton, Norwood, MA. Entitled “Navigating Leadership: The Rough Seas of Family Business & Divorce”, the workshop addresses how the Collaborative Law process can be used to help couples who have a family business navigate not just their divorce, but the division of the business and the running of the business both during and after divorce. Addressing family businesses in divorce not only may require a complex financial analysis, but the issue of leadership of the business to ensure its continuation post-divorce can be a challenge. The conference is attended by attorneys, financial professionals, and mental health professionals. Attorney Karen J. Levitt is excited to be part of this exciting conference!
Attorney Emily A. Weber is serving as a member of a newly formed committee formed by First Justice of the Middlesex Probate Court, Edward F. Donnelly, Jr., in conjunction with Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Angela M. Ordonez, to work on the establishment of a full-time Probate and Family Court session in Lowell beginning in 2019.
The new Lowell Justice Center, which is currently under construction in downtown Lowell, will provide state of the art facilities for the Probate and Family Court, along with the Superior, District, Juvenile, and Housing Courts of Middlesex County. The newly formed committee will address and make recommendations on the catchment areas for the new Lowell session and for the existing session, now held in Cambridge, and staffing and training of the court employees who will work for the Probate and Family Court in Lowell.