CLE Course on Discovery Basics in Family Law Cases


While discovery is important in every legal case, discovery is even more crucial in family law cases because you will need to locate all the assets that are part of the marital estate. When marriages begin to fall apart, disgruntled spouses resort to hiding assets in a variety of ways – from stashing cash under pillows to locking away titles to property in safe deposit boxes. For this reason, mastering the tricky art of discovery is one of the keys to becoming an effective family law practitioner.

You’ve met your new family law client and you have decided to undertake the representation. How do you uncover the information that is pertinent to your case that you need to get the best possible financial and legal outcome for your client?

This highly informative and practical CLE program presented by Kelly Chang Rickert reviews the many tools that family law attorneys have in their arsenal to discover the pertinent facts of their case. Mrs. Rickert shares a number of tactics, techniques and case examples from her own practice to show the discovery tools that you will need to harness to find hidden assets & pertinent information about your family law case. To access this CLE course please click here: Family Law: Discovery Basics.

Subjects covered in this Family Law CLE course include:

  • Disclosures
  • Timing
  • Assets to consider
  • Form interrogatories
  • The schedule of assets and debts
  • Using valuation experts
  • The response
  • The character of property
  • Real estate & lis pendens
  • Retirement funds
  • Insurance
  • Using private investigators
  • Surveillance
  • Failure to produce
  • Using subpoenas
  • Pay stubs
  • Requests for production of documents
  • Resorting to self-help
  • Setting client expectations

Kelly Chang Rickert (formerly Kelly Yi-Yi Chang) is the founder of the Law Offices of Kelly Chang, A Professional Law Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to Family Law. She has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. In addition to her law practice, Mrs. Rickert volunteers as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court Small Claims Court, as well as mediator for the Los Angeles Family Courts. She also currently volunteers at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can find her at the Legal Grind, providing “coffee and counsel” sessions. Because of her expertise and experience, she is frequently quoted in the media and is a legal expert for CNN News, KTLA, NBC, Style Network, TV Guide and MTV on Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Christie Brinkley, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, and the Kardashians divorce and custody cases.

This CLE course is currently offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.