Jun 18 2012
For the most part, the bar review companies are good at creating anagrams or mnemonics to remember lists of elements. However, you may encounter, as I have, a list of factors you need to memorize that doesn’t come with a pre-packaged memory aid. For me, it was the list of factors the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court must consider when determining an equitable distribution of property during a divorce proceeding.
The first thing I did was identify the main term in each factor, and wrote down the first letter of that word. My letters were snpaicndol. I entered these letters in Word Grabber, which allows you to enter up to 15 letters and it will display words composed of those letters. One of my words was panics. I used that plus the remaining letters to create:
Length of the marriage
Occupation, employability, and vocational skills of each party
Dependent children’s present & future needs
Property to which a party holds title
Age and health of the parties
Needs and liabilities of each party
Income, including the opportunity for future acquisition of capital income and assets
Conduct of the parties during the marriage
Station in life of each party
Granted, LOD PANICS isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot easier to remember than the entire list of factors without any organization. Use Word Grabber to make your own hard-to-memorize lists more manageable.
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