FALL 2022 
Family Law, Fiduciary Litigation and Trusts & Estates Series

The Intersections of Private Client Practice: Pre-Nuptials, Post-Nuptials, Decanting, and Blended Family Litigation


Cosponsored by: Greater Boston Fiduciary Law American Inn of Court and Greater Boston Family Law American Inn of Court

Dates and Times: 

Day 1: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
Day 2: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
Day 3: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

Webinar Pricing and Options

Webinar Pricing and Options

$65 per webinar

See below on this page for program descriptions and registration links to individual webinars.


Day 1: Pre-Nuptial and Decanting as Tools to Protect Inheritance Expectations

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

  • Trusts are vulnerable to division in divorce, even with spendthrift clauses. Indeed, marital exclusion language, ascertainable standards and other clauses are insufficient to protect Trusts against inclusion in the marital estate for the purpose of equitable division of property. 
  • Only through the use of Prenuptial Agreements can trusts be adequately protected from division in divorce.  
  • Decanting can protect an otherwise vulnerable trust in the context of prenuptial planning by strengthening and changing terms that create vulnerabilities and exposures due to the recent evolutions in case law relating to the divisibility of trusts in divorce. 


  • Lisa Cukier, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Hon. George Phelan, Probate & Family Court 
  • Dale Kaiser, Esq., Bowditch
  • Nikolaus Schuttauf, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP

Day 2: Post-Nuptial and Holding an Impacted Marriage Together

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET


  • Postnuptial agreements can be used to save a marriage that is pressured by a spouse’s addiction, mental health, gambling, gifting, debt exposure, recklessness and extramarital conduct.
  • By shifting assets in accordance with the terms of a prenuptial agreement, spouses can remove certain pressure points from the marriage and work to stay together.  
  • Postnuptial agreements are reviewed by the Court with a heightened standard due to the propensity of these agreements to be tainted by claims of coercion and duress. Certain proactive steps can and should be taken to bolster the enforceability of postnuptial agreements. 


  • Lisa M. Cukier, Esq., Partner,Burns & Levinson
  • Hon. Randy Kaplan, Probate & Family Court (Ret.)
  • Norman Jacobs, Esq., Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone
  • Katie Dalton, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP

Day 3Blended Family Strife: Adult Children versus Stepparent

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET


  • Late life romance creates the stage for mistrust between adult children of prior marriages and the new romantic interest, new spouse, new partner. 
  • Diminishing capacity of divorced or widowed aging parents creates an opportunity for and vulnerability to financial exploitation and undue influence by a new love interest. 
  • Litigation, whether in the form of protective service proceedings, guardianship/conservatorship, equity actions for declaratory judgment and/or Will Contests and Trust litigation, are common battlefields in these sensitive fiduciary litigation matters. 


  • Lisa Cukier, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Hon. Jennifer Ulwick, Justice, Essex Probate & Family Court
  • Alex Harrington, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Molly Soiffer, Esq., Bove & Langa

Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, accommodations requests, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information contact Michael Saporito by email at 
msaporito@socialaw.com. Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Registration fees are non-refundable.  CLE credit, when applicable, is only granted when the live webinar is attended.