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Michael C. Craven

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Speeches & Publications
PRESENTATIONS
  • Finding Hidden Assets, WGSN-DB Going Solo Network, June 28, 2022
  • Divorce in Later Life, The Gray Divorce Trend, presented by Realtor Betsy Phillips, June 17, 2022
  • Divorce University – Divorce Math II – How (and When) to Find HIDDEN Assets & Debts, presented by The Lilac Tree, May 1-3, 2022
  • “Alternative Dispute and Settlement Agreements,” myLawCLE, November 12, 2021
  • “An Estate Planners’ & Trusted Financial Advisors’ Guide to Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements,” Chicago Financial Planning Group, February 24, 2021
  • “Tensions on the Rise:  Communication During Covid-19”, Co-Present, Bridge2Horizon, May 14, 2020
  • “Working Clients in the Legal System,” Panelist Bridge2Horizon Psychotherapists, January 17, 2020
  • “Financial Attorney” Table Ambassador, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, March 10, 2019
  • “Summary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” at the CCGL Group, April 19, 2018
  • “Financial Panel,” Moderator, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, March 4, 2018
  • Legal Information, Table Ambassador, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, March 4, 2018
  • “Legal Panel: Know the Law,” Moderator, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, May 7, 2017
  • “Planning for…When Happily Ever After Ends Sooner Than Expected,” presented to Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council, September 21, 2016
  • Divorce Math – Assets, Liabilities and Your Budget, Moderator and Co-Presenter, Evanston Public Library, March 17, 2016
  • “The New Divorce Act – What Do I Really Need to Know?″ Panel Discussion, North Suburban Bar Association, January 12, 2016
  • Divorce University – Moderator, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 8, 2015
  • The Legal Aspects…, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, April 16, 2015
  • Divorce University – Financial Panel: Know Your Finances, Moderator, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 2, 2014
  • Medical Marijuana! The Legal & Medical Side, Weinberg Community, CJE Senior Life, October 31, 2014 (Co-Presenter: Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD)
  • “What Every Accountant Needs to Know about Family Law,” presented to Steinberg Advisors, LTD, Certified Public Accountants, May 29, 2014
  • Divorce University – The Law and Your Finances, presented by The Lilac Tree, May 4, 2014
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, March 1, 2014
  • “Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014,” at the annual 2014 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program produced in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the AAML, January 20, 2014
  • Divorce University-The Law, Your Finances, Your Family, presented by The Lilac Tree, April 21, 2013
  • The Practice of Family Law: Best Practices for Your Practice, presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Illinois Chapter, October 9, 2012
  • Divorce University-Beyond the Basics, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 6, 2011
  • “Is It a Trend, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren?” Continuity of Care-Chicago Region, May 3, 2011
  • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2011, produced cooperatively by Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, UHY Advisors, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter. Topic – “Planning Prevents Pitfalls: Do’s & Don’ts for Financial Expert Cross Examinations.” January 17, 2011 (Co-Presenters: Honorable Edward R. Jordan, Anita M. Ventrelli, and James M. Kazmier)
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Divorce, National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, November 12, 2010 (Co-Presenter: Carol S. Goldbaum, PhD, LCSW)
  • Resolving Complex Parenting Disputes, Shared Parenting Support Group, September 30, 2010
  • Family Law Essentials-Health Insurance for Children and Related Issues, Illinois State Bar Association, December 2009
  • Know Your Finances-Beyond the Basics, Divorce University sponsored by The Lilac Tree, November 2009
  • The Estate Planner Meets the Family Law Practitioner-A Fortuitous Union, The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course, April 2009, Champaign, Illinois and May 2009, Chicago, Illinois
  • Resolving Family Law Issues: The Danger of Boiler Plate Language in Marital Settlement Agreements, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2009, Fairview Heights, Illinois and March 2009, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, January 2009
  • Asset Protection in Divorce Cases, Chicago Bar Association-Asset Protection Committee, June 2008
  • Getting Paid & Getting Visitation: Successful Fee Agreements, Illinois State Bar Association, April 2008, Collinsville, Illinois and April 2008, Chicago, Illinois
  • Computer Spying on Spouses, North Suburban Bar Association, November 2007
  • Family Law Issues Affecting the Elderly, Chicago Department on Aging-Provider Council, June 1995
  • Special Problems Facing Older Adults in a Divorce, Chicago Bar Association-Elder Law Committee, February 1994
  • Divorce Law Basic, The Chicago Public Library/Chicago Bar Association
  • Divorce-Know Your Rights, Oakton Community College and The Discovery Center, 1992-1998
PUBLICATIONS
  • “One year later; Our life working from home during COVID-19” with Marla Levie Craven, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 2, 2021
  • “What Attorneys Should Know About Prenuptial Agreements,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Monday, November 2, 2020
  • “Are we in a Zoom Meeting or a ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch?” with Marla Levie Craven, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Thursday, June 4, 2020
  • “How to Spot the Narcissist Holding up Your Case,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 7, 2019
  • “Five Soft Skills to Develop to Become an All-Around Legal Expert,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 18, 2019
  • “Midyear Good Time to Take a Break and Assess Your Marketing Efforts” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 18, 2019
  • “Vacations with Kids Can Be fun, but Divorced Clients Need Advice” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 15, 2019
  • “Child Custody Decisions Have Changed with The Times and Society” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 13, 2019
  • “New Law Reminders Way To Stay in Touch,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 24, 2019
  • “Changing Law Changes Lives,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 14, 2018
  • “What to Do When Politics Affect Divorce,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 10, 2018
  • “Get social, get online, get out there,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 24, 2018
  • “When a Spouse’s Personality Changes Make a Divorce Necessary,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 11, 2018
  • “Marketing to Millennials: How to Bridge the Generational Gap,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 8, 2018
  • “How Are Employer Benefits and Other Unique Assets Divided in a Divorce Case?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 18, 2017
  • “One-time Clients Could be Avenue to Developing New Business,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 11, 2017
  • “Divorce Attorneys Should be Aware of the Many Ins, Outs of Real Estate Law,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 8, 2017
  • “Difficult Clients: How to Turn Around an Unhappy Relationship,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 2, 2017
  • “Divorce Practice Requires an Attorney to Become a Jack-of-all Trades,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 13, 2017
  • “Communicating with Clients: Know Who Your Audience Is,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 3, 2017
  • “Six Tech Trends to Know Heading Into the New Year,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 2, 2016
  • “Workplace Fashion’s Gone Casual –Should Lawyers Be Joining the Trend?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 7, 2016
  • “The Joke’s on Us, But is it Accurate?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 5, 2016
  • “The Price of a Vacation for a Lawyer,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 3, 2016
  • “Client Intake Process is Critical to Your Growth,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 1, 2016
  • “Four Tips for Success In Legal Marketing,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 12, 2016
  • “In This Business, Your Reputation is Everything,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 4, 2015
  • “Updates to Illinois IMDMA,” Attorney at Law Magazine, November 2015
  • “Are Lawyers Really All That Miserable?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 2, 2015
  • “The Formula for Success,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 7, 2015
  • “Growing Older, Staying Relevant in the Profession,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 5, 2015
  • Divorce Lawyers Chicago Blog at http://www.divorcelawyerschicago.org/blog/
  • “Volunteering is Great for You and Your Practice,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 13, 2015
  • “One Marketing Plan Does Not Fit All Lawyers,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 5, 2014
  • “Marketing is a Journey, But a Rewarding One,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 26, 2014
  • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, 2014 ed., Chapter titled, “Economic Issues and Other Concerns Impacting Family Law Attorneys and their Clients”
  • “How will this (cheating) affect my divorce case?” Divorce Magazine, Summer/Fall 2010
  • “Til’ death do us part, or sooner: The family law attorney meets estate planning,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Newsletter, Vol. 52, No. 11, June 2009
  • Republished in The Docket (Lake County, Illinois Bar Association), May, 2010, Vol. 17, No. 4, page 23
  • Re-published – Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Newsletter, October, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 2
  • “Corporations can pay child support too,” Illinois state Bar Association – The Corporate Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 12, June 2009
  • “The Spousal Remainder Trust – A Modern Income Shifting Device,” Chicago Bar Association – YLS Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1985
QUOTED MENTIONS
  • April 21, 2020: Interview regarding stimulus checks issued to couples that filed joint tax returns but are now divorced…CBS News Chicago
  • March 29, 2020: Interview regarding how divorce rates may increase due to Covid-19, CBS News Chicago
  • Featured business write-up in Best Lawyers®️ Illinois 2018
  • Interviewed by Jeff Blackman of 22nd Century Media for article “When I do becomes I don’t ,” Glenview Lantern, June 15, 2017
  • Featured business write-up in Best Lawyers® Illinois 2017
  • Quoted in article by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Deerfield’s Art of Living helps couples during divorce,” Deerfield Review, January 31, 2014
  • Interviewed by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Glenview attorney authors chapter on economy in new book for legal industry,” Glenview Announcements, December 18, 2013
  • Interviewed and quoted in the December 15, 2010 (Vol. 156, No. 244) Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; Article by Bethany Keajelis titled “Legal Community Prepares for Civil Unions in Illinois”
  • Interviewed by Aging Info Radio November 4, 2010, “Grandparents’ Rights in Illinois,” co-guest Linette Kinchen, Executive Director of GRANDFamilies’ Program of Chicago
  • “Computer Spying: The New Technologies Tracking Infidelity, Exposing Spousal Secrets & More,” WGN Radio, November 2008
  • Interview regarding a Chicago ordinance holding parents liable for children’s actions, MSNBC Television, July 2008
  • Interview and quote in article by Joshua Eisenberg titled: “TheirSpace: Do school officials have the right to see what your kids post online and then punish them for it? A cautionary tale of social networking and online privacy,” North Shore Magazine, November 2008
  • Quote in article by Kreiter & Tejeda: “Attorney offers tips on making vows last,” The Daily Herald, June 1995

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