The primary mission of the AACFL is to serve the community through its many programs. How is this accomplished? By promoting greater awareness and education to attorneys on the financial aspects of litigation. One end result will be a reduction in the need for court time or avoiding litigation altogether. A reduction in court time needed for these issues will reduce the workload of the courts allowing the justices to focus their valuable time more pressing matters. Other end results will include a way for the public to more easily distinguish the lawyers who have had advanced training, a more efficient process for the parties, and mentoring among lawyers and judges to create a more cooperative legal community.
Divorce has many flavors and variations. The financial assets may seem straightforward and clear; however, the devil is in the details when it comes to stock options and RSUs and even severance payouts. Executive compensation can cause numerous challenges and malpractice concerns for divorce lawyers. In this session, we will uncover the hidden pitfalls of working with stock options, restricted stock units and payouts during divorce and how these concepts may be applied to other compensation. Each participant will gain an in-depth understanding of exactly how to handle the most common executive compensation awards in a divorce situation with confidence and ease.
We will cover:
• Stock Options
• Non-Qualified Stock Options
• Severance Payouts
• How do you find out if your client or their spouse has executive compensation assets?
• Are they marital?
• Are they vested?
• Will they be valued?
• How will they be divided?
• What are the tax implications?
• Will they be considered an asset, income, or both for purposes of spousal maintenance and child support?
• How can you use the age-old “tree vs. fruit” analogy to protect against double dipping
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Meet the Presenters
Lisa Zeiderman - Esq., CFL
Managing Partner - Miller, Zeiderman, & Widerkehr, LLP
Lisa Zeiderman, Esq., CFL is Managing Partner at Miller Zeiderman & Wiederkehr LLP, a family law attorney based in New York, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, founding member of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators and Board Member at Savvy Ladies, a non-profit organization that provides free financial education and resources with a goal of empowering women to achieve financial independence. Ms. Zeiderman was named a 2019 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
CEO and President - Francis Financial, Inc.