Dealing with Difficult Clients in Divorce Matters (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.5
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.5 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $105 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 7/31/2016


  • Learn ethical strategies to help you deal with even the most difficult family law client
  • Get tips on ethically navigating the discovery process, especially when your client is not behaving
  • Receive valuable advice regarding your ethical responsibilities and your duties to your “less-than-perfect” clients

Divorce is an incredibly stressful and emotional time in a person’s life, which means that family law practitioners often see the most unpleasant sides of their clients.  As an effective and ethical counsel, the divorce attorney must utilize certain strategies to handle these difficult clients in a professional manner.  Additionally, it is the lawyer’s duty to deal with less-than-perfect clients and cast them in the best light possible in order to effect a positive outcome in the case. 

During this program, Richard Garriott, Jr., and Lawrence P. Vance will explore ethical ways to deal with a variety of “difficult clients,” from the mentally ill to those who lie, and everything in between.  They will offer tips to help control the attorney-client relationship from the very beginning, by establishing the tone of the case and building a rapport during the initial consultation.

The presenters will also walk attendees through the discovery process, and will suggest ethical ways to handle interrogatories, depositions, and requests for admission — all while dealing with emotionally charged, highly contentious parties.  Finally, these experts will offer advice regarding the use of guardians ad litem and the appropriate scenarios in which experts may be useful.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new tools and ethical strategies to help you through even the most trying cases!


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Richard E. Garriott, Jr., Pender & Coward / Virginia Beach

A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Richard E. Garriott, Jr., focuses his practice in the areas of Family Law, Domestic Relations, and Litigation, including divorce, property settlement agreements, child custody and premarital agreements. He also represents clients in civil matters, defending personal injury litigation, and on employment issues, workers’ compensation, tax, and contract matters.

 Mr. Garriott is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Court of International Trade. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, a Master of Arts from Ball State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond.

 A board member of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association’s family law divisions, Mr. Garriott is recognized as a statewide advocate for children impacted by divorce and custody disputes.

 Mr. Garriott is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, which is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He is recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer for 2011 and 2012 and was selected for Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine in the Family/Domestic Relations category in 2011. Additionally, he was honored among only 28 lawyers statewide as part of the 2009 Class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly. Mr. Garriott is a shareholder with Pender & Coward, P.C.


Lawrence P. Vance, Buchbauer & McGuire / Winchester

Lawrence P. Vance joined the firm of Buchbauer & McGuire, P.C., in January 2007.

 Mr. Vance left a career of law enforcement in 1996 to study law. He interned in the Attorney General’s Office of Virginia and was a summer clerk for the Honorable Justice Lawrence Koontz of the Virginia Supreme Court. Prior to joining Buchbauer & McGuire, P.C., he was a principal in the firm of Vance & Smalls, P.C., in Winchester and an associate in the Law Offices of Franklin R. Blatt, P.C., in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Currently, Mr. Vance has a general practice with a primary focus in family law and non-bankruptcy creditor collections. He has served for the last three years as the Bench-Bar Committee Chairman of the Winchester-Frederick County Bar Association.

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