Understand Your Role in a Divorce Case
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As a family law paralegal, your role is multi-faceted. You serve as the client confidant, information manager and attorney liaison all at the same time. While many of the issues you deal with on a regular basis will have their similarities, no two cases will be exactly alike - and the emotionally charged nature of the divorce process only adds another layer of complexity. Building processes and procedures that help you to effectively manage your multiple responsibilities will not only help you to become more efficient and effective, but increase your potential for professional growth. Order today!
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JESSICA J. BOYLAN is an attorney with The Sullivan Firm, where she practices in the areas of family law, divorce, adoptions, paternity actions, child custody, child support, and military divorce. Ms. Boylan also serves as a guardian ad litem. She is admitted to practice in South Carolina. Ms. Boylan is a member of the South Carolina Bar (Family Law and Small Firms Section, Young Lawyers Division), and the Richland County and American bar associations. She earned her B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
EMILY A. JOHNSON, CFP, CDFA, ChFC, CLU, is the founder and managing director of Divorce&QDRO, a division of Polaris Capital Advisors, LLC, serving divorcing clients and their attorneys throughout the southeast since 2009. Divorce&QDRO provides financial and tax analysis, litigation support, complex retirement and incentive plan review, QDRO preparation and review, and pension valuation services. Prior to founding Divorce&QDRO, Ms. Johnson worked in financial analysis and private banking roles for companies, including Credit Suisse First Boston, UBS Private Client, Merrill Lynch Private Client, and Wachovia Leveraged Finance. She received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in Plan II Honors, from the University of Texas at Austin; and her M.B.A. degree with a concentration in international finance from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Ms. Johnson has spoken extensively to legal and financial professional organizations on topics ranging from complex retirement plans in divorce, critical financial errors in divorce, and the Bag Lady Syndrome. Ms. Johnson has earned the following certifications: certified financial planner, certified divorce financial analyst, chartered financial consultant, and chartered life underwriter.
CYNTHIA K. MASON is an attorney with Holler, Garner, Corbett, Gilchrist & Mason. She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2003. Ms. Mason practices in the areas of personal injury, family law, probate litigation and property disputes. She previously worked as a private investigator, and then as an agent with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. Ms. Mason is licensed to practice law in the state and federal district courts of South Carolina, North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Court of Federal Claims. She attended Ohio Northern University, where she double majored in criminal justice and communication arts, focusing primarily on journalism and public speaking; and earned her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
AMANDA S. MUELLER is a divorce attorney with Cordell & Cordell, where she works with families and children. After passing the bar, Ms. Mueller worked as a county attorney for the Department of Social Services, representing Richland and Kershaw County in child abuse/neglect proceedings. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar. Ms. Mueller earned her B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
STEPHANIE N. WEISSENSTEIN is a managing attorney with McDonnell and Associates, P.A., where her primary areas of experience are in professional licensing defense and ethics, family law, and appellate litigation. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar (Ethics Advisory Committee; Professional Responsibility Committee), Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, South Carolina Association of Ethics Counsel, and the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. Weissenstein is licensed by the state of South Carolina, the Federal District Court (S.C. Division), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.November 16 - North Charleston
KAREN S. BERRY is a paralegal with The Shaw Law Firm, LLC, where she has been for eight years. Ms. Berry takes great pride in ensuring that each client has a positive experience working with their firm, from the first contact to the closure of his or her case. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and always willing to go the extra mile. Whether your case can be handled through mediation, negotiation, or trial, The Shaw Law Firm, LLC can deliver the discerning counsel and unwavering representation you need. Ms. Berry is a graduate of the College of Charleston.
CHRISTOPHER P. BIERING is an attorney with Biering Law Firm P.C., where he devotes his legal practice to handling personal injury claims, criminal defense, and family law matters on behalf of clients in Moncks Corner, Charleston, and throughout South Carolina. Mr. Biering has significant experience in cases involving wrongful death, auto accidents, slips and falls, and defective products. His litigation focus provides a platform to serve his clients' legal needs. Mr. Biering has represented thousands of South Carolinians in nationwide class action litigation, recovering substantial sums for their losses. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; and is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Berkeley County Bar Association. Mr. Biering earned his undergraduate degree at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina; and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
NATALIE PARKER BLUESTEIN is a partner in the Charleston law firm of Bluestein and Douglas, LLC. Ms. Bluestein practices in family court, where issues for litigation include separation and divorce, custody, child support, and contempt of court. She is certified in family court mediation by the South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution and certified in collaborative law by the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia. Ms. Bluestein is a member of the South Carolina Bar. She earned her B.A. degree from the College of Charleston, her M.P.A. degree from the University of South Carolina, and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
J. STERLING CHILLICO is an attorney with Chillico & Associates, LLC, where she practices in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, and spousal support. Ms. Chillico is a member of the South Carolina Bar. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina.
TAYLOR LONG is an attorney with QDRO Professionals, LLC, where she practices almost exclusively in the family courts of South Carolina. She established QDRO Professionals, LLC in 2013, which offers an all-inclusive service assisting attorneys and clients with the intricacies of qualified domestic relations orders. In addition to her active litigation practice, Ms. Long is also a certified family court mediator and acts as a guardian ad litem in private custody matters. Ms. Long is a member of the South Carolina Bar and Charleston County Bar, and is licensed to practice in the Federal District Court of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, National Women Trial Lawyers, and American Bar Association. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and her J.D. degree from the Charleston School of Law.