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Vincent M. Wills, Chairman of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Maryland Chapter, 22nd Annual Symposium on Family Law

On Monday, October 9, 2017, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Maryland Chapter, presented the 22nd Annual Symposium on Family Law at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, Maryland.  Vincent M. Wills, Esquire was chairman of the Event. 

The Morning Program featured Sanford K. Ain, Esquire of Ain & Bank in Washington, D.C., and Lawrence J. Macklin, Senior Wealth Strategist at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, who presented “The Use of Trusts that Impact Divorce, and particularly, Wealthy Families.”  That presentation provided a description of the various trust devices frequently utilized by wealthy families, and a discussion of the manner in which divorce lawyers can assist their clients in protecting assets in the event of a divorce and in recovering assets when the other spouse attempts to protect them through “estate planning” or other asset protection techniques.

September 9, 2017 Maryland Association for Justice Family Law Section's Family Law Legislative Update

Lindsay Parvis is pleased to present a family law legislative update for the Maryland Association for Justice's Family Law Section's breakfast on September 9, 2017 from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.!

Find out what divorce, domestic violence, and other family law related laws go into effect October 1, 2017. Learn what 2017 family law legislative efforts stalled in the General Assembly and what may lie ahead in the 2018 Session.

For more information and to register:

https://www.mdforjustice.com/index.cfm…

Since 2002, Lindsay Parvis has represented clients in Maryland custody, divorce, and marital matters. She negotiates, litigates, and advocates for the best interests of her clients, whether in contested litigation, uncontested settlement, or premarital and other agreements. Her clients are not only spouses and parents, but also children whose interests she is appointed by the court to represent in contested custody litigation. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke and University of Baltimore School of Law. Lindsay strives to improve Maryland law in the General Assembly, volunteering her time to monitor, advocate, and educate about legislative developments in family law. You can follow her on Linked InFacebook, and LindsayParvis.com and subscribe to her Newsletter for discussion, news, and developments in Maryland family law.

Congratulations to P. Lindsay Parvis and Amanda Smith for Acceptance into Inns of Court

Dragga, Hannon & Wills would like to congratulate Lindsay Parvis, who has been accepted into the Montgomery County Inns of Court as a Master of the Bench, and Amanda Smith, who has been accepted as an Associate.

Masters of the Bench are judges, lawyers and law teachers who have demonstrated superior character, ability and competence as trial or appellate advocates.

Associates are recent law school graduates or attorneys licensed to practice law in Maryland for not more than five years.

The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. Through regular meetings, members are able to build and strengthen professional relationships; discuss fundamental concerns about professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day; share experiences and advice; exhort the utmost passion and dedication for the law; provide mentoring opportunities; and advance the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and civility.

Patrick W. Dragga, Heather Collier, Christina P. DeVault & Amanda C. Smith are proud members of the Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County

Patrick W. Dragga, Heather CollierChristina P. DeVault & Amanda C. Smith are proud members of the Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County. 

As excerpted from the WBA website:

The Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (“WBA”) is an organization of women and men committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA believes that a strong community of women in the legal profession is essential to the administration of justice.

Congratulations to Patrick W. Dragga and Erik P. Arena for their Recent Recognition in Bethesda Magazine Article Entitled “Untying the Knot – The Bethesda Area’s Top Divorce Attorneys”

The partners, associates, and staff at Dragga, Hannon & Wills, LLP, wish to congratulate Patrick W. Dragga and Erik P. Arena for their recent recognition in the July/August 2017 Bethesda Magazine article entitled “Untying the Knot – The Bethesda Area’s Top Divorce Attorneys”.  Patrick was recognized as one of Bethesda and Rockville’s top divorce lawyers, who “remains one of the most popular and effective divorce lawyers in Rockville”.  Erik was recognized as one of the 10 “Rising Stars” under age 40 in the field of family law, and described as “fearless in the courtroom and a formidable advocate”.  It is our sincere pleasure to congratulate Pat and Erik on their well-deserved recognition as some of the area’s finest family law advocates. 

Congratulations to Kevin G. Hessler on his Recent Appointment to Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland

The partners, associates, and staff at Dragga, Hannon & Wills, LLP, wish to extend a heartfelt and sincere congratulations to Kevin G. Hessler, Esquire, on his recent appointment to serve as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.  Kevin, who joined the firm as a partner in 1999, and who practiced law in Montgomery County for 35 years, was an instrumental part of the firm’s growth and success and will be sorely missed by his colleagues.  His selflessness, kind nature, patient disposition, intellect, and wit, which endeared him to colleagues and adversaries alike, will no doubt be valued by the attorneys and citizens who will appear before him as an Associate Judge.  The firm’s loss is the community’s gain.  Please join us in congratulating Kevin on his latest, but surely not last, achievement in the legal realm. 

Lindsay Parvis Published in Maryland Family Law Advocate

The April 2017 edition of the Maryland Family Law Advocate, a publication of the MSBA Family & Juvenile Law Section, features an article authored by Geraldine Welikson Hess, Esquire, and updated by Lindsay Parvis.  The article, Montgomery County: Practice and Procedure, provides an overview of the Montgomery County Circuit Court Family law procedures.  The article is reprinted here with permission of the FJLS.

Lindsay Parvis Elected As A Fellow Of The Maryland Bar Foundation

On June 15, 2017, Lindsay Parvis was elected as a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation at the Bar Convention in Ocean City, Maryland.  The election is in recognition that, in her professional and public career and in her private life, she has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of her community, the administration of justice, and the traditions of the profession of law.

The Maryland Bar Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation organized in 1965, with the objective of obtaining gifts and contributions to be used for the following purposes:

  • To foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of the law;
  • To improve and to facilitate the administration of justice;
  • To promote the study of the law and research therein, the diffusion of knowledge thereof, and the continuing education of lawyer.

The Foundation has carried out these purposes by making grants to organizations that work within Maryland to accomplish the goals of the Foundation.

AAML Local Chapters' Meeting

Patrick Dragga and Kevin Hessler attended the Maryland, DC. and Virginia Chapters’ May Meeting at Lansdown Resort in Northern Virginia for comradery and continuing legal education.  The retreat, which has become an annual event gives Fellows for the Tri-state area a chance to recreate and hear specialists in various subject areas opine about current issues in Family law. 

This year’s topic was a serious matter with a humorous name:  the 10 dumbest things people do to hide money.  From hiding cash in the drop ceiling to overpaying income taxes, our speaker, noted attorney, CPA, business valuator and fraud examiner, Fellow Jeff Brend of Illinois, took us through many of the tricks used for hiding money before or during a divorce proceeding.  While some vignettes were funny, efforts to disadvantage a spouse in divorce are not.  From “paper” and “electronic” trails to Bitcoins vigilance and care in discovering the marital estate are more critical than ever.  

Patrick Dragga Attends AAML Mid-Year Meeting

Pat Dragga attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers mid-year meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  The meeting provided an opportunity for Fellows from across the nation to meet and to hear a variety of presentations.  The programs focused on practical knowledge for attorneys in and out of the courtroom.  Speakers included well-respected psychologist, Dr. Sol Rappaport, who, with Fellows Sherri Evans and David Steerman, put on a presentation regarding the neuroscience and heuristics of how people make decisions. Sean Carter, a self-described Humorist at Law, spoke about ethical guidelines, pitfalls and concerns involving social media and legal marketing. 

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