Chicago Divorce Programs for June: It's All About the Money!

Here are Chicago divorce programs for June that are all about the money:   on June 11, a workshop on the basic financial affidavit and on  June 14 a free program on stupid ways folks hide money.


The Lilac Tree  presents a special workshop to help you learn about the process of financial discovery and how to complete the Discovery Form (also referred to as the Financial Affidavit). This workshop will go over the form, techniques, tips of the trade and how to understand and respond to requests for discovery, known as interrogatories. Q & A included.

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 11th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Cost: $30

Registration is Required.  Fee Assistance is Available. (you may pay at the door after registering in advance).

Call 847.328.0313 for more information or to register. Pay online at

Location: Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL


June 14: What are the  "10 stupidest things people do to hide money in divorce?"

If you have been awake at night pondering this question, you can hear the answers at a FREE lunch on June 14th.  Details are below. This lunch and discussion is  for women divorcing  and presented by Sharon Count, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.  The guest speaker is Jeffrey W. Brend, who is a "forensic divorce attorney."

Mr. Brend says he knows how to find the money and says that hidden assets, money laundering, and tax and bankruptcy fraud are rampant in today's divorce cases.  He takes an uncommon and unique approach to his family law cases.  He holds some unique qualifications in that he is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers [AAML] and has a certificates from the American Society of Appraisers [ASA] and the Certified Fraud Examiners.

Mr. Brend is quite clever in marketing himself as a "forensic divorce attorney" as I found nor have heard of  other family law or divorce attorneys with that title. In reality, though, every attorney should be looking for the assets or money for all of their clients.

I met Sharon Count  recently and immediately liked  her for her drive, determination, kindness, warmth  and competence. We have also both seen more than our fair share of the inside of a divorce court room.  She genuinely wants to help other women going through divorce. At this event she  will  share insights and explain  the various documents you will need to collect and how to plan for your financial future. Sharon has lots of years experience in working in the financial industry and has made it her mission to guide women  to their next phase of life.

This event is complimentary, but register NOW!

Event will be on June 14th, noon to 1pm  at 225 W Wacker Drive, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60606

RSVP to Sharon Count by Wednesday, June 12: or 312-696-2089


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    I filed for a divorce in 2003. I had no idea that ELEVEN years on, that I would still be in divorce-related litigation. There have been two trials, an appellate court decision affirming the original trial decision, numerous other hearings, depositions and more. A second appellate court decision is pending. I write mostly from the woman's point of view. Or rather, the spouse who stayed home and raised the children, the one who gave up a career. When first married, I worked as a law librarian and do have a law degree but never practiced. Having that law degree has given me insights into the often mysterious ways of the legal system, especially in Cook County. Recently I have reactivated my law license, became an Enrolled Agent [a license given by the IRS after taking a series of tests] and prepare tax returns. Please share your experiences or ask me questions. Email me at Follow me on Twitter for articles and and news about Illinois Appellate Court divorce related decisions.

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