AC22: Identifying and Ethically Handling Fraud in Marriage Cases

AC22: Identifying and Ethically Handling Fraud in Marriage Cases

Release Date: 6/17/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
MP4 60 min. Yes

As advocates, do we blindly believe our clients, or do we also investigate their relationships to ensure their bona fides? What are our ethical obligations as attorneys and as representatives of the court? What do you do if your client admits to marriage fraud or is not in a bona fide marriage? Panelists on this intermediate-level session have the answers!

  • Reviewing the Standard for Marriage Fraud, Distinguishing from Lack of Bona Fides
  • When to Research Your Clients’ Relationships: Identifying Potential Red Flags and Knowing How Far to Go
  • Knowing When Not to Take the Case, Listening to Your Gut, Knowing When and How to Withdraw Ethically
  • How to Respond to Last Minute Surprises
  • Avoiding and Overcoming a §204(c) Finding

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