Estate and Probate Issues That Every Family Law Attorney Must Know (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 05/31/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the June 2014 webcast, Estate and Probate Issues That Every Family Law Attorney Must Know. 

Topics covered include:

  • The overlap between family law statutes and estate law statutes
  • Spouses’ and children’s rights under intestacy statutes
  • Critical definitions to understand, including will, living trust, Durable Power of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directives (and how these affect family law attorneys)
  • Understanding and handling probate versus non-probate property
  • How an estate plan can affect equitable distribution and a marital settlement
  • Practice pointers in a variety of tricky hypothetical situations
In 1990, fewer than one in ten people who obtained a divorce were over 50. In 2009, roughly one in four divorces involved people 50 or over. Clients over 50 who divorce have concerns about aging and mortality and are more likely to have an estate and disability plan than are younger clients.

Family law and estate and probate law have always been intertwined, and attorneys in these fields must be aware of various statutes, standard documents, and procedures in each other’s fields. During this two-hour program, attorneys Sharon Henderson and Jennifer Tomac will provide an in-depth explanation and analysis of the estate and probate topics of most importance to family practitioners.

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Sharon Henderson, Culin Sharp Autry & Day, PLC / Fairfax
Sharon Henderson joined Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, P.L.C. in 2011 to practice family law with an elder law perspective. Now that one out of every four people being divorced are over 50, her understanding of the interrelationship between family and elder law serves CSAD clients as they look at the long-term impact of divorce. She teaches "Estate Planning and Probate Law" and "Trial Practice and the Law of Evidence" at Northern Virginia Community College's Paralegal Studies Program.

Ms. Henderson received a B.A  in history and psychology from Westhampton College at the University of Richmond in 1973 and her J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1976. 

She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.


Jennifer L. Tomac, Ritzert & Leyton PC / Fairfax and Loudoun Counties
Jennifer Tomac’s practice focuses on the areas of estate planning, probate and estate administration, wills and trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, and business law.  She is also a certified guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults.
Prior to joining Ritzert & Leyton, Ms. Tomac worked as a sole practitioner in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, specializing in estate planning and all aspects of estate administration.  Before opening her own firm, she served as Staff Attorney at the Fairfax Commissioner of Accounts office for four years.

Ms. Tomac is admitted to practice in Virginia and currently serves as the co-chair of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Fairfax Bar Association.  In addition she is the secretary of the Loudoun Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA) and the editor of VWAA’s legal journal — the Lex Claudia.

While in law school at Regent University, Ms. Tomac worked at the Chesapeake Public Defender’s Office and the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney’s office and also spent a summer clerking for the Chief Staff Attorney’s Office at the Supreme Court of Virginia.

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