FSS Family Law Section Meeting | SFS40518

Date :
May 11, 2018 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location :
Los Angeles Airport
Facility :
Marriott Los Angeles Airport
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CPE Credits :
CPE 2.00, CPE 2.00, AA 2.00, MCLE 1.50, MCLE 1.50
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10:20am - 12pm - Session 1

Blockchain: Distributed Ledger Technology is Changing EVERYTHING MCLE: 1.5, A&A: 2.0
“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.” – James Madison (June 20, 1788)

Emerging in 2008, blockchain technology is already disrupting global industries, but the legal and accounting world largely know (and misunderstand) it only by perception of its flagship application:  Bitcoin.
Join us as we go beyond Bitcoin to the underlying decentralized technology that is eliminating middlemen everywhere.  We’ll examine the origins and evolution of blockchain’s cryptography technology and its current and future applications.  In particular, we’ll examine the technical challenges that blockchain and cryptocurrency create in legal discovery processes, new business models created by implementation of blockchain and their potential valuation techniques, and a discussion of the areas of potential (and actual!) fraud.  No prior experience with blockchain needed!  Bring your current understanding (or lack thereof) and come to discuss how we can prepare our practices for the next generation of the internet: distributed ledger technology!

1-2:40pm - Session 2 

Tax Reform and the Implications on Support MCLE: 1.5
Jared Tonks, a senior manager with CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann, with over 9 years of experience in accounting, will walk you through the implications of the new tax reform on support calculations.  He will guide you through the twists and turns of navigating DissoMaster in the post Tax Cut and Jobs Act 2017 world.


  • Learn how the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 will affect family law matters.
  • Understand how to properly integrate the tax law changes into our support calculations.
  • Walk through what blockchain and cryptocurrency is the implications it may have in family law matters.
  • Develop your knowledge of how to prepare our practices for the next generation of the internet.

Major Subjects:

  • Distributed ledger technology
  • Technical challenges that blockchain and cryptocurrency create in the legal world
  • Highlights of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act 2017
  • How the Tax Cut and Jobs Act 2017 affects support calculations

Advanced Prep:

Download the meeting packet in advance - available under "my events" on the CalCPA website three days prior to the meeting.

Misc. Information:

  • CalCPA has a room block with the LAX Marriott at a rate of $144/night, plus taxes. Make your reservation here until May 1.  Please contact Emily Ku if you run into any issues with booking your room.
Level of Difficulty:
Field of Interest:
Specialized Knowledge
Some knowledge of forensic accounting is preferred.
Designed For:
CPAs, attorneys, and other forensic accounting professionals


Jared Tonks, CPA
William S Wenzel
William S. Wenzel founded The Law Offices of William S. Wenzel, APC with a vision of providing compassionate counsel to entrepreneurs and their businesses. Over the years, his office has grown to be outside general counsel to companies across such diverse industries as real estate, aerospace, technology and tech sales, and engineering. He leads teams providing formation consulting, employee and asset acquisition, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, risk analysis, and negotiating and papering mergers and sales. In addition to his corporate transactional work, Wil has a strong, consistent record of favorable business litigation outcomes including a federal fraud and breach of contract judgment in the Northern District of California. Wil served as president-elect and president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Division, chairs the Roxbury Park Legal Aid Clinic, and serves as a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Business Law Section’s executive committee. A native Coloradan, Wil graduated cum laude from Loyola University, Chicago and magna cum laude from California Western School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review and International Law Journal and a contract law tutor.
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