Today's newsletter (our second) is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the opening of our doors on January 17, 2012. It is shocking to us that a year of our lives is gone, but incredibly gratifying that LDRC is established and "on the map". We are jumping into our second year with confidence and enthusiasm.

During our first year of operations we were busy both in Westwood, and in Northampton, with an excellent flow of lawyer-assisted and lawyer-present mediations, and increasingly with arbitration/master work; as well as continuing and developing hybrids.

We have a lot of teaching coming up: Chouteau for MCLE's family law mediation training; and both of us for the BBA Family Law Section and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) in February, the Boston Estate Planning Counsel in March and MWI's divorce mediation training in April. By teaching we continue to learn and share. The MCFM program is based on an article that we feature in this newsletter, and that will be published more broadly in the Family Mediation Quarterly, later this spring.

We continue to present our in-service discussions within law firms and other business entities.

Our blog continues to grow weekly, and we have covered subjects ranging from alimony to various forms of private dispute resolution to the failed Twinkies' mediation! Feel free to subscribe to hit by hitting "RSS", and share it with others if/when you think it worthy.

This issue of the newsletter provides another varied collection of materials. Our longer piece is about the subtle and sometimes controversial topic (for mediators) about the commencement of legal actions (complaints for divorce, mostly) in the context of mediation. We are also delighted to publish three other pieces by friendly colleagues that are both timely and important: CPA Robert J. Gold's presentation on the complex New Year's Day FEDERAL TAX LAW CHANGES, in their many and some surprising facets; Dr. David Medoff's piece about FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING, promoting the integrity of the processes; and a discussion of TAX EFFECTIVE INVESTING presented by Brad Sharp and Deborah  Levenson of Braver Wealth Management.

We hope that you find our newsletter informative.

Our best to you all.


[Accepted for Publication by Family Mediation Quarterly Spring 2013]

By William M. Levine, Esquire and Hon. E. Chouteau Levine (Ret.)

Mediation occurs at many different stages of the family law life cycle. Parties may seek this process mid-stream or even late in a court action, when they have grown frustrated, discouraged or simply weary of litigation. Others see mediation as a first resort: a means of avoiding the costs and confrontation of the courtroom; and perhaps a way to preserve or even enhance the remaining good will in their relationship, as they move forward as parents and former partners. read more...

Protecting the Integrity of Forensic
Psychological Testing: A Reply to
Geffner, et al. (2009)

Suffolk University and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Recommendations regarding psychological test use made by Geffner, Conradi, Geis, and Aranda (2009) directly contradict well established standards of practice, guidelines promulgated by several professional organizations, and well-known legal standards regarding the admissibility of evidence in Court.

This article refutes these recommendations and argues that test selection in the forensic context requires adherence to the principles enumerated in established case law as well as relevant ethical principles and standards of practice reflected in practice guidelines. read more...

Tax Law Changes For 2013
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

By Robert J. Gold, CPA, MS
R.J. Gold & Company, P.C.
Certified Public Accountants

As we begin a new year in 2013 we are all digesting the tax changes many people will face under the new American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Law) that was crafted, negotiated and finalized after much wrangling in Congress. The final votes in Washington, DC were taking place on New Year's Day, leaving us with this new law that has something for almost everyone to contend with. read more...

Tax-Efficient Investing in 2013

By Deborah Levenson, CFP ®, MBA, Vice President, Braver Wealth Management LLC (Jan 2013)

For high-income earners, 2013 brings higher taxes on both earned income and investment income. For households earning over $450,000 (or individuals over $400,000), rates on earned income will rise from 35% in 2012 to 39.6% in 2013; and long-term capital gain and dividend rates will increase from 15% in 2012 to 20% (23.8% including the new Medicare tax) in 2013. read more...

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