FEBRUARY EDITION • 2014
by Rebecca Crumrine
President, DeKalb Bar Association
I cannot believe we are already in February! Our January meeting was anchored by a historical view of the DBA and Decatur by our own Walt Drake. It was a great luncheon! Please mark your calendars for all the exciting spring events of the DBA and watch for updates from Cindy Harris. The Annual Bench and Bar dinner has moved to April 3 at Druid Hills Country Club and we are excited to have former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears as our keynote speaker. Please consider sponsoring this event so that we may make it a great showing for the DBA—contact Cindy for details. Also, remember to mark your calendars for the April luncheon where we will have members of the DeKalb Lawyers Association as our guest speakers along with members of the DBA.
Have a great February, stay warm and look for the continued hints of spring!
Congratulations to our DBA President, Rebecca Crumrine Rieder on her recent marriage to Douglas Rieder. We wish you and Doug many years of happiness!
by Daniel DeWoskin
One of the main truths in being an attorney is that you are constantly learning, constantly bettering your knowledge, and constantly improving upon the qualities that you have that make you good at the work you do. As attorneys, we read new developments in the law, we maintain our integrity and base of knowledge by attending continuing education seminars, and we work to never be content that we know all we need to know about any given case or body of law.
By Heather Durham Nadler
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Ms. Nadler’s recent presentation at “Current Financial Topics in Family Law.” For a complete copy of the article, “Special Needs Trusts, Elder Care and Disability In the Arena of Family Law,” please contact the author at email@example.com or the DBA newsletter editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going through a divorce can undoubtedly be one of the most traumatic experiences one faces in a lifetime and divorce unfortunately touches, either directly or indirectly, the vast majority of today’s families. When an individual with a disability is involved, whether that individual is one of the parties to the divorce proceeding or is the child of the parties, the trauma can become even greater.
When facing a divorce, parents with disabilities can be left worrying how they will provide for their children. Spouses with disabilities are fearful of how and if they will ever be able to become self-supporting. Parents are left with confusion as to how to view the funds of a child with a disability when determining support obligations.
A Special Needs Trust (SNT) can be a valuable tool in assisting special needs families who are facing a divorce. Read more
Family Law Section members gathered for breakfast in January at the Old Courthouse on the square in downtown Decatur. The guest speaker was Gino Brogdon.