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Take Your Child To Work

On Thursday, April 27th, Heather Collier, Chapter President, and Lindsay Parvis, a past president, attended the 20th Annual "Take Your Child To Work" Luncheon presented by the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women's Bar Association.   HeatherCollier welcomed more than 70 middle and high school students, their teachers, as well as Judges, Magistrates, and many lawyers from the Montgomery County legal community, to the event, which took place at the AMP by Strathmore.  The theme of this year's luncheon was "Count on Me." The luncheon provides an opportunity for the professionals who attend to spend a few hours as a role model for students who might not otherwise have access to professional women/men, many of whom have also overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams.  The program was moderated by Krystal Holland, Director of Training and Professional Development for the National Center for Children and Families and dedicated to the memory of Rebecca Nitkin, a long-time WBA member and strong supporter of the event. The featured speaker, Wendy Thompson-Marquez, President and CEO of EVS Communications, shared her own personal journey on the road to success, including the challenges, failures, and lessons she learned along the way while acquiring her education, her immigration status, her career, and a group of friends, family and colleagues she could "Count on."   

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Heather Collier and Erik Arena Recently Spoke at Part 3 of the Program on Alimony and Child Support-Related Tax Issues

On January 19, 2017, Heather Collier, Erik Arena, and tax attorney Eric Rollinger of Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll, PC, spoke before the Family Law Section of the Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland, on part 3 of their 3-part series of Programs on tax issues, entitled: “Alimony and Child Support Tax Issues--The Top 5 Things Divorce Lawyers Need to Know”.  The program was well attended by local family law attorneys and covered several tax issues related to alimony, child support, and the interplay between the two, which should be on every family law attorney’s radar when structuring or advocating for a combined domestic support arrangement in their client’s best interests.  Both Heather and Erik were pleased to share with their fellow colleagues their knowledge and insights.  

Heather Collier is a Partner at Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP with twelve years' experience in family law and divorce matters.

Erik Arena is a Partner at Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP with twelve years’ experience in family law and divorce matters.

Property Related Tax Issues in Divorce

On January 19, 2017, Heather CollierErik Arena, and tax attorney Eric Rollinger  of Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll, PC, will be speaking before the Family Law Section of the Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland, for part 3, the final part of their 3-part series of Programs on tax issues, entitled: “Property Related Tax Issues in Divorce.”   This program will cover a number of tax issues related to the transfer, division and equitable distribution of property incident to divorce and the challenges that arise during a separation and divorce regarding past, present, and future income tax return filings, all of which should be on a family law attorney’s mind when structuring a settlement agreement or advocating for a particular property division before the court.  Heather and Erik look forward to sharing their insights with their fellow colleagues in January. 

“Heather Collier and Erik Arena Recently Spoke at Program on Alimony and Child Support-Related Tax Issues”

On October 20, 2016, Heather Collier, Erik Arena, and tax attorney Eric Rollinger of Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll, PC, spoke before the Family Law Section of the Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland, on part 2 of their 3-part series of Programs on tax issues, entitled: “Alimony and Child Support Tax Issues--The Top 5 Things Divorce Lawyers Need to Know”.  The program was well attended by local family law attorneys and covered several tax issues related to alimony, child support, and the interplay between the two, which should be on every family law attorney’s radar when structuring or advocating for a combined domestic support arrangement in their client’s best interests.  Both Heather and Erik were pleased to share with their fellow colleagues their knowledge and insights.  

Heather Collier is a Partner at Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP with eleven years' experience in family law and divorce matters.

Erik Arena is an Associate Attorney at Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP with eleven years’ experience in family law and divorce matters.

Vincent M. Wills, Co-Chair of 21st Annual Symposium on Family Law

On Friday, November 11, 2016, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Maryland Chapter, will present the 21st Annual Symposium on Family Law.  The Co-Chairs of the Event are James D. Milko, Esquire and Vincent M Wills, Esquire.  Mr. Milko and Mr. Wills will welcome the attendees and introduce the speakers for the Morning Program, including, Dr. Robert Simon, Alvin Frederick, Esquire, and Gregory B. Cerbone, Esquire.  

WBA’s Annual Scholarship Dinner at Normandie Farms

Heather Collier, President of the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association, will welcome guests and kick-off the WBA’s Annual Scholarship Dinner at Normandie Farms in Potomac, Maryland on Monday, September 26, 2016.   Following the success of the WBA’s 2016 Triennial Auction, the Association donated $30,000.00 to the Women’s Bar Foundation in support of the Foundation’s academic scholarship program.  The Foundation awards scholarships to men and women pursuing their undergraduate and law school degrees, many of whom have overcome significant obstacles in life to pursue an education and be successful.  

Heather Collier and Erik Arena Speaking on Alimony and Child Support-Related Tax Issues

On October 20, 2016, Heather Collier, Erik Arena, and tax attorney Eric Rollinger of Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll, PC, will be speaking before the Family Law Section of the Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland, on part 2 of their 3-part series of Programs on tax issues, entitled: “Alimony and Child Support Tax Issues--The Top 5 Things Divorce Lawyers Need to Know”.  This program will cover a number of tax issues related to alimony, child support, and the interplay between the two, which should be on every family law attorney’s radar when structuring or advocating for a combined domestic support arrangement in their client’s best interests.  Both Heather and Erik are excited to share their insights with their fellow colleagues in October. 

Heather Collier is a Partner at Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP with eleven years' experience in family law and divorce matters.

Erik Arena is an Associate Attorney at Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP with eleven years’ experience in family law and divorce matters.

Vincent Wills to Moderate ESI Seminar for Maryland State Bar Association

The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is presenting a seminar on Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and what attorneys need to know about this developing and ever-changing area of evidence and discovery.  The program, being offered on September 9th in Columbia, will provide the basics of electronic devices (such as bits/bytes, hardware, software, iPads, etc.) and how that information is used in e-discovery.  The course will go further to help attorneys determine their duties at the initial client consultation, tips, tricks and traps in capturing ESI, when to hire a forensic expert, the legal responsibilities of both the requesting and responding party, how to review and analyze ESI and the admissibility of ESI evidence in court.  

Vincent Wills to present at Divorce Roundtable Workshop

Vincent Wills, a partner in the law firm, will be speaking at a workshop titled “Protecting Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being in Separation and Divorce”, presented by The Divorce Roundtable of Montgomery
County. Mr. Wills, along with other co-presenters, will discuss “the voice of the child” as it pertains to children and the parents’ divorce proceeding. The workshop will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016.

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