Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?
I am motivated by the desire to help ordinary people who find themselves in legal and emotional distress. I want to obtain the best possible results for my clients in all types of divorce and family law cases. The core of my practice is talking to my clients, listening to their concerns and goals, and making sure that they understand every step of the process as I help them navigate the legal system.
What has been an unexpected surprise in your work?
This surprise came years ago, when I realized how important my financial savvy and my understanding of tax issues would be in my family law practice. I have the ability to quickly assess both my client’s needs and the financial situation of the opposing party in a divorce case. I often find myself calculating tax and income amounts on the fly during a court hearing or a negotiation. I especially enjoy developing complex business valuations and determining the actual income of spouses who set out to hide money or assets.
What changes or innovations are on the horizon in your field? How are you preparing for them?
The tax reform law signed last year by President Trump provides that for divorces finalized in 2019 or later, alimony payments will no longer be deductible for people who pay them, nor will they be taxable for people who receive them. This has made me strategize differently, both for clients who may get divorced in 2019 or later, as well as clients who may desire a modification of alimony. I am expecting that this change will lead to more litigation and I am prepared for that.