April 27, 2017

Events & Seminars

Divorce Law Basics

On Wednesday, May 25th and June 8, 2016, Attorneys Steven Weil, Michelle Raymond and Virginia Connelly presented a divorce law basics seminar with family court judges and court personnel of the Norfolk Probate & Family Court on behalf of Metrowest Legal Services. The course provided attorneys interested in practicing domestic relations law with training in the fundamentals of divorce law, including alimony, child support, custody, removal and court procedure. with family court judges and court personnel of the Norfolk Probate & Family Court on behalf of Metrowest Legal Services. The course provided attorneys interested in practicing domestic relations law with training in the fundamentals of divorce law, including alimony, child support, custody, removal and court procedure.

Attorney Raymond attends Annual Conference of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference (AFCC)

On May 27 – 30, 2015, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond will be attending the Annual Conference of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference (AFCC) in New Orleans.  The topic is “Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses and Different Outcomes.”  Attorney Raymond looks forward to applying the training and new insights she will gain from the international speakers on topics involving parenting plans, custody evaluations, special needs children, working with fathers, family-focused divorce, high conflict cases, and new technology available for divorcing couples and professionals.

May 14, 2015 – Fiduciary Litigation

May 14, 2015, Attorney John Dugan will present on a panel at MCLE in Boston on May 14, 2015. The Seminar is on Fiduciary Litigation.  His presentation will focus on representing fiduciaries, and contested accounts.

May 13, 2015 – Sick Law Act Seminar at Dean College

On May 13, 2015, Attorney Michael Doherty will speak at a Forum regarding the new Sick Law Act and how it impacts business owners.   The forum is sponsored by the United Regional Chamber of Commerce.   All are welcome.  The forum begins at 8:30 a.m.  in the Golder Room at Dean College.

Attorney Raymond on Dominic Cotoia’s radio show on WARA

On May 7, 2015, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond  had the pleasure to appear on Dominic Cotoia’s radio show on WARA in Attleboro.  She discussed the options couples have in Massachusetts to obtain a divorce, such as mediation, collaborative law, and litigation.  Attorney Raymond also discussed how her team approach provides her clients with the support they need to complete the divorce process successfully with a full evaluation of all their options.

Attorney Raymond participates in the Women’s Success Network (WSN) monthly meeting

On May 6, 2015Attorney Michelle M. Raymond participated in the Women’s Success Network (WSN) monthly meeting at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham. Attorney Raymond is the past Chair and member of the WSN Board. The June meeting will be held on June 3, 2015 at Lake Pearl Luciano’s which will feature the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.  Please see www.wsninc.org for more information.

Attorney Raymond attends Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Advanced Training Forum

On April 30, 2015, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond attended the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Advanced Training Forum: Money Talks: What Does it Say & What Does It Really Mean? in Southboro.  Presentations included Fred T. Baird a principal of Aurora Financial Advisors discussing options available to assist parties and professionals to better understand and overcome financial issues that lead to impasses in divorce agreements.

Attorney Raymond attends Massachusetts’ Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference (AFCC)

On March 27, 2015, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond attended the Massachusetts’ Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference (AFCC) in Waltham, Massachusetts.  The conference was “Parenting Plans and Shared Custody: Recent Research and Implications for Family Law Professionals.” AFCC is an organization of attorneys, court personnel, judges, guardian ad litems and other mental health from both the private, public and non-profit sectors.  The organization is committed to “improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.”   The conference included views from local judges and professionals with discussions of practical application of current research.  Attorney Raymond looks forward to applying this knowledge to assist her clients.

March 31, 2015 – New Sick Time Leave Act Seminar

Attorney Michael Doherty will explain the provisions of the new Massachusetts “sick time” law on March 31 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce located in Attleboro, Massachusetts. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2015, and will apply to most Massachusetts employees and employers. Attendees of the program will learn the broad new definition of events that will allow an employee to take sick time, traps for the unwary employer in the new law, which employers must provide paid sick leave and which employers may provide only unpaid sick leave. In addition, changes in personnel manuals and policies will be suggested to avoid the substantial penalties for employers who unwittingly violate the new law. All are welcome.

Seminar: New Sick Time Leave Act Seminar (view presentation PDF)

Date: March 31, 2015
Time: 10am – 11am

Location:
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce
42 Union Street
Attleboro, MA  02703

 

 

Attorney John Dugan: Funding Trusts with IRA, 401k and other assets.

John Dugan moderated a seminar hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association on funding trusts with IRA, 401k and other retirement assets.  The seminar panelists instructed lawyers on up-to-date tax concerns, good drafting techniques and proper administration of trusts. Attorneys Melissa Howitt, Jennifer Taddeo and John Dugan provide top-quality estate planning services for our firm’s clients.

2014 National Elder Law Month Seminar Series

In recognition of May as National Elder Law Month, Attorneys John Dugan, Jennifer Taddeo and Melissa Howitt are presenting a series of seminars at local Councils on Aging to educate people about elder law. National Elder Law Month is sponsored by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). The seminars are designed by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Probate Law Section in response to the growing legal needs of older adults, people with special needs, and their families. Topics include estate planning, how to protect your home and Medicaid and Medicare issues.

Seminars are scheduled for:
May 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the Stoughton Council on Aging – Attorney Melissa Howitt
May 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Franklin Senior Center—Attorney Jennifer Taddeo
June 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Attleboro Council on Aging– Attorney John Dugan

Massachusetts Bar Association’s Probate Law Conference

On Friday, November 15th, Attorney John Dugan served as co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s first annual Probate Law conference at Lombardo’s in Randolph.  The Conference provided updates of information, laws and procedure for attorneys who practice in the fields of estate planning, elder law, will contests, guardianships, taxation and probate practice.

Over 200 Massachusetts probate attorneys from across the Commonwealth gathered for a full day of educational seminars on topics ranging from basic estate planning to an advanced MassHealth update, probate litigation to Uniform Probate Code procedures.  Attorney Jennifer Taddeo assisted in planning the conference and served on the panel discussing Estate Planning Basics.  Keynote speaker Chief Justice Angela Ordonez addressed the conference about the vital role probate attorneys serve and the ethical obligations they have to clients, as highlighted by recent cases.

Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. is committed to assisting attorneys to maintain their professional competence through a continuous program of updated legal education and training.

2013 National Elder Law Month Seminar Series

In recognition of May as National Elder Law Month, Attorneys John Dugan, Steven Weil, Jennifer Taddeo and Melissa Howitt are presenting a series of seminars at local Councils on Aging to educate people about elder law. National Elder Law Month is sponsored by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). The seminars are designed by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Probate Law Section in response to the growing legal needs of older adults, people with special needs, and their families. Topics include estate planning, how to protect your home and Medicaid and Medicare issues.

Seminars are scheduled for:
May 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., at the Bellingham Council on Aging – Attorney Jennifer Taddeo
May 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the Medfield Council on Aging – Attorney Melissa Howitt
May 15, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the Plainville Council on Aging – Attorney Steven Weil
May 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the Blackstone Council on Aging—Attorney Jennifer Taddeo
May 22, 2013, at 12:30 p.m., at Wrentham Council on Aging– Attorney John Dugan
June 6, 2013, at 12:00 p.m., at the Millville Council on Aging- Attorney Jennifer Taddeo
June 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the Attleboro Council on Aging- Attorney John Dugan

February 26, 2013 – Financial Literacy Program

On February 26th and February 28th, Attorney Steven D. Weil will participate in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program at Sharon High School. The Program is a joint project of the Boston Bar Association and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts to teach high school students about credit, personal finance, and smart financial choices, both in the classroom and in a special field trip to the Bankruptcy Court.

January 23, 2013 – What Every Tax Professional Should Know About The 2012 Alimony Reform Law

(AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR CLIENTS IN 2013)

Join the Attorneys of DCDC’s Family Law Practice Group for the first 2013 installment of our “What Every Professional Should Know About the Law” Seminar Series to discuss how the recent alimony law changes may impact your clients. Learn practical tips about how tax and legal professionals can work together to better advise our clients and prepare them for the future. (Download Flyer)

A Presentation by
Michelle M. Raymond, Esq., Steven D. Weil, Esq. & Melissa Howitt, Esq.
of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8:30 – 10:00 A.M.

Light breakfast will be served

Location: DCDC, 124 Grove Street, Suite 220, Franklin, MA 02038
www.dcdclaw.com – phone: 508-541-3000

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December 7, 2012 – Trials and Tribulations of Estate Administration under the New MUPC

Join Attorney John Dugan at this conference to discuss the issues and challenges regardnig Estate Administration under the new MUPC.

When: Friday, December 7, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Suffolk University Law School

More InformationDownload Brochure (PDF) and Register for Conference

About The Conference
The process for administering estates in Massachusetts dramatically changed in 2012 when the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) introduced new options for administering estates. The MUPC was designed to provide streamlined, efficient and private administrative procedures for the majority of estates which are routine and uncontested, while prior judicial procedures were largely retained as an option for those wishing the assurance of formal decrees before proceeding to settle an estate.

This new flexible system was designed to provide as little or as many procedural safeguards as are appropriate in varying estate circumstances. These optional procedures are available both for opening and closing estates. Since its inception, experience has demonstrated that many practitioners have opted for Voluntary Administrations and Informal Probate as anticipated. Nevertheless, the design notwithstanding, both practitioners and court personnel have encountered a number of practice issues and challenges in the implementation of the new law.

Trials & Tribulations of Estate Administration under the MUPC will outline the new procedures and options for opening and closing estates; as well as for administering real property. It will also identify the practice issues and challenges encountered by practitioners and court personnel; and, recommend measures practitioners can employ to resolve the issues.

October 2012 – Attorney Michelle Raymond’s Events

  • On October 3, 2012, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond participated in the Women’s Success Network (WSN) monthly meeting at Highland Country Club.  The networking organization held its holiday social and bazaar. Attorney Raymond is the past Chair and member of the WSN Board. The November meeting will be held on November 7, 2012 at the Franklin Country Club.  The topic is “Blueprints for Success….Ready, Set and Achieve Your Goals for 2013.” Please see www.wsninc.org for more information.
  • Attorneys Michelle Raymond and Jennifer Taddeo hosted the monthly myWMT (my Wealth Management Team) at DCDC on Thursday, October 4th. The team discussed upcoming charity events and seminars.
  • Attorney Michelle Raymond is scheduled to attend the extensive Alimony Summit 2012 through MCLE.  How the courts are applying the new Massachusetts Alimony Act will be the main topic of discussion along with availability of modifications under the new law.  This is an area of much debate and interest to Attorney Raymond’s clients and she looks forward to applying the new training to assist her clients.

September 19, 2012 – Massachusetts Bar on Trust’s for Disabled Persons

On September 19, 2012, Attorney John Dugan is serving on panel for lawyers who draft and administer trusts to disabled children and adults. This presentation is hosted by the Massachusetts Bar on Trust’s for Disabled Persons.

September 2012 – Attorney Michelle Raymond’s Events

  • Attorney Raymond attended the Massachusetts Law Collaborative Council’s Networking Event in Dedham on September 11, 2012 which included collaborative professionals in the areas of financial and coaching neutrals.  She looks forward to including these neutrals in her collaborative and divorce practice.
  • On September 27 – 30, 2012, Attorney Michelle Raymond attended the first conference of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators in E. Falmouth, Massachusetts.  She attended additional training on mediation with high conflict parties, advances in technology and financial disclosure/documentation in mediation matters.   She looks forward to integrating this new information and practices into her mediation practice.
  • On September 28, 2012, Attorney Michelle Raymond attended the North Attleborough/Plainville Rotary Club charity event which supports local charities in the North Attleboro and Plainville areas.  The event was held at Gillette Stadium.

July 10, 2012 – Evening Legal Clinic at Dedham District Court

Attorney Steven Weil will participate in an Evening Legal Clinic at the Dedham District Court. Sponsored by the Norfolk County Bar Association, the Evening Legal Clinics are held monthly, usually the first Tuesday of each month, free of charge to the members of the community at a courthouse in Norfolk County from the hours of 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Attorneys agree to participate on a pro bono basis by assisting the client on a one-on-one consultation.

May 31 and June 7, 2012 – Guardianships and Conservatorships

Attorney John Dugan is serving on panel for a seminar on guardianships and conservatorships for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education in Boston, May 31 and Worcester on June 7. The panel of experts is providing information and updates to practicing lawyers in this practice area.

National Elder Law Month Seminar Series

In recognition of May as National Elder Law Month, Attorneys John Dugan, Steven Weil, Jennifer Taddeo and Lori Atkins are presenting a series of seminars at local Councils on Aging to educate people about elder law. National Elder Law Month is sponsored by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). The seminars are designed by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Probate Law Section in response to the growing legal needs of older adults, people with special needs, and their families. Topics include estate planning, how to protect your home and Medicaid and Medicare issues.

Seminars are scheduled for:

May 14, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at the Mendon Council on Aging – Attorney Steven Weil
May 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at the Medway Council on Aging – Attorney Lori Atkins
May 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., at the Blackstone Council on Aging – Attorney Steven Weil
May 21, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at the Millis Council on Aging—Attorney Lori Atkins
June 12, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., at HarborOne U – Attorney Jennifer Taddeo
June 14, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at the Attleboro Council on Aging- Attorney John Dugan
September 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Foxboro Council on Aging- Attorney Jennifer Taddeo

June 12, 2012 – Estate Planning Basics

Please join us! On June 12th at 6p, Attorney Jennifer D. Taddeo will be presenting “Estate Planning Basics,” a free seminar at HarborOneU.  For more information and to sign up, please visit the HarborOneU website here.

March 16, 2012 – Annual Family Law Conference

Attorneys Michelle Raymond, Steven Weil and Lori Atkins will be attending the Annual Family Law Conference on March 16, 2012 in Boston.  They will be attending presentations on new case law, the implementation of the new alimony law and how it affects child support.

March 8, 2012 – Estate Planning Basics at EMC Hopkinton

On March 8th, Attorney Jennifer Taddeo presented “Estate Planning Basics” at EMC in Hopkinton. Attorney Taddeo was part of a presenting with Stephen Richardson from the Social Security Administration and Jay Butler from Bay Financial.

March 8, 2012 – Reach Out for Youth and Families Breakfast

On March 8th, Attorney Jennifer Taddeo participated in the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Reach Out for Youth and Families breakfast at the Holiday Inn Mansfield. Attorney Taddeo is a member of the Board of Managers at the Bernon Family Branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA in Franklin.

February 16, 2012 – Estate Planning Basics at EMC

On February 16th, Attorney Jennifer Taddeo presented “Estate Planning Basics” at EMC in Franklin. Attorney Taddeo was part of a presenting with Stephen Richardson from the Social Security Administration and Jay Butler from Bay Financial.

March 1, 2012 – my Wealth Management Team Monthly Meeting

Attorneys Michelle Raymond and Jennifer Taddeo hosted the monthly myWMT (my Wealth Management Team) at DCDC on Thursday, March 1st.  Attorney Michelle Raymond presented an overview of the new alimony law and how prenuptial agreements are not just a divorce planning tool to the group.  She also discussed how collaborative law is a great option for most divorcing couples who want to maintain control over their divorce and lives.

January 25, 2012 – Worcester Divorce Collaborative Group Meeting

On January 25, 2012, Attorney Raymond attended the Worcester Divorce Collaborative Group meeting.  The group is part of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and includes collaborative attorneys, coaches and financial professionals.

December 9, 2011 – 10th Annual Family Mediation Institute

Attorney Michelle M. Raymond will attend the 10th Annual Family Mediation Institute held by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation in Wellesley Hills, MA. The Honorable Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts provided the Keynote Address on “The State of the Probate and Family Court: Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.  Attorney Raymond also attended presentations on “Thinking Outside the Box: Expanding Settlement Options Beyond Off-The Shelf Solutions” and “The Intersection of Divorce and Bankruptcy”.  She looks forward to using this knowledge in her upcoming mediations, settlements and court cases.