Final Surrogate Practice & Procedure Town Hall Meetings

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Apr 212017
 

Final Surrogate Practice & Procedure Townhall Meetings

The Final Surrogate Practice and Procedure Town Hall Meetings are happening next week.

Members of the bar are invited to join in open discussion and to submit questions and comments relating to Surrogate practice matters, including the process of applying for grants, to the Co-Chairs at SRAC@albertacourts.ca.

Efforts will be made at the meeting to address these questions and concerns. Select the city where you wish to attend to see full details, including guest speakers and session topics.

Meeting Information

Calgary

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
Location: Calgary – QB Courtroom 1801
Hosts: Chief Justice N.C. Wittmann and Hon. Justice C.M. Jones

Guest Speakers:

  • Marie Strauss | Executive Director, Queen’s Bench Administration
  • Graham Badry | Calgary Regional Public Guardian
  • Dana Kingsbury | Assistant Public Trustee
  • Yvonne Gaudet | Assistant Public Trustee

View the Notice of Meeting here.

Edmonton

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
Location: Edmonton – QB Courtroom 317
Hosts: Hon. Justice P. Michalyshyn | Northern Alberta Surrogate Practice Advisor

Guest Speakers:

  • Marie Strauss | Executive Director, Queen’s Bench Administration
  • Shirley Peleshytyk | Edmonton Regional Public Guardian
  • Cheryl Fix | Assistant Public Trustee

View the Notice of Meeting here.

AJEFA Annual Banquet and General Meeting

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Apr 192017
 

AJEFA Annual Banquet and General MeetingThe Association des jurists d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA) is hosting their Annual Banquet and General Meeting on June 2 (Calgary) at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club (2502 – 6 Street NE).

Topics and Times

Annual General Meeting | 4 PM
This meeting is intended for AJEFA members. However, you’re welcome to attend this meeting as an observer. Interested in becoming an AJEFA member? Click here.

Panel of Experts on Dying with Dignity | 5 PM

  • Me Jolene Lalonde | Scenario and overview of the history of dying with dignity,
  • Me Shannon James | Legal implications for the drafting of wills mandates and other documents in the event of incapacity, and
  • Health Professional (to be confirmed).

Cocktail Reception | 6 PM

Annual Banquet – Above All, Common Sense | 7 PM
Join the Honourable Justice R.J. Chartier, Chief Justice, Manitoba Court of Appeal, to hear about his report Above All, Common Sense on French Language Services within the Government of Manitoba. Learn how the Policy on French Language Services helped increase access to justice in French in Manitoba.

Register Online

Please note that the Annual General Meeting and the panel are free activities, while the Annual Banquet is a paid event.

To register for these activities, complete the registration form before May 19, 2017. The Early Bird registration deadline is April 30, 2017.

Click here for more information. For assistance, call Brigitte or Maria at 780-450-2443.

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April Upcoming Legal Events

Discover what legal events are coming up this April, from LESA programming, to CPLED, and more.


LESA Programming

Child and Spousal Support 2017 | Edmonton, April 4 | Calgary, April 11
Gain an in-depth understanding of child and spousal support. Learn about the latest support developments, and discover practical strategies for addressing challenging issues. View the brochure for more details.

Estate Litigation Fundamentals | Edmonton, April 5 | Calgary, April 12
Cover the fundamentals of estate litigation and court practice, from applications, to chambers, to trial. Analyze common issues, and discover practical litigation strategies. Read the brochure for more information.

Rules of Court 2017 | Edmonton April, 6 | Calgary, April 20
Concrete knowledge of the Rules of Court is critical for every litigator. Revisit the “must-know” rules (including updates you might have missed), and discover practical tips for running effective litigation files. View the brochure to learn more.

Client Relationship Essentials | Edmonton, April 18
Clients are the foundation of most legal practices. Explore proven strategies and innovative ideas for developing strong relationships and communicating effectively with clients, for working effectively with challenging clients, and for exceeding client expectations. View the brochure for program details.

Family Law: Chambers Advocacy and Practice Pointers | Red Deer, April 21
In family law, critical points of dispute are frequently resolved in chambers. Discover insightful approaches to successful chambers advocacy and practice-oriented tips to use in addressing common issues that arise in chambers applications. Read the brochure for details.

CPLED

The reserve period for the 2016/2017 CPLED Program year is now underway. Contact Craig Edhart, Student Coordinator for more information or visit our CPLED for Students page.

Legal Community Events

PACC
The National Privacy and Data Governance Congress is happening this April 5–7 in Calgary. This year’s Congress theme – A World of Change – will focus on the most critical and timely privacy and data protection issues facing organizations today: those that foretell significant consequences for employers, employees, and policy makers. Read the agenda for details on this year’s Congress content.

The Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (ASSIST)
ASSIST is holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 5. Click here for more details.
• Assist’s New Parents’ Peer Support session runs in Edmonton on April 11. This free-of-cost session gives new and expecting parents the opportunity to discuss their journeys while juggling the demands of practicing law. Click here for more details.

Program Feature – Foreclosures Fundamentals

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Mar 282017
 

Foreclosures Fundamentals

Join seminar chair Denise Hendrix in Edmonton (May 18) or in Calgary (May 23) for Foreclosures Fundamentals. Review the substantive and procedural issues involved in the foreclosure process. Understand foreclosure proceeding priorities, foreclosure orders, and strategic options.


Discussion Topics

We recently spoke with Denise to learn more about this program, here’s what she had to say about the topics that will be covered.

We’ve got a great group of people who will be talking about the foreclosure process from A to Z. They will discuss the unique circumstances you may deal with in a foreclosure, such as condominium separation, homeowner associations, dealing with difficult self-represented litigants, and more. At the end, I’m going to lead a general question and answer period dealing with what we seek in court and why. We want to give people who don’t practice in the area a basic knowledge of the foreclosure process, and for those that do practice in the area, we want to give them a bit of a refresher on some of the unique issues we face.”

Discover the foundational aspects of the foreclosures process with seasoned professionals.

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Guide Through the Foreclosure Process | Ksena Court and Francis Taman
  • Condominium Corporations and Homeowners Associations: Priorities, Procedures, and Pitfalls | Stephanie Whyte
  • A Delicate Balance: Strategies for Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants | Kyle Kawanami
  • Money in Court: Money You Never Knew You Had and How to Get It | Jim Reich
  • Other Foreclosure Related Issues and Steps | Douglas Gahn QC
  • Foreclosure Remedies: You’ve Received a Motion Package, Now What? | Denise Hendrix

Sneak Preview

Denise gave us a sneak preview of her discussion topic, and here’s what we found out.

As lawyers, we represent a subsequent encumbrance on title. With a foreclosure, while there is a plaintiff and defendant, there really isn’t an adversarial process. The law is very clear on what happens and why, the steps that we take, and what the considerations are when we take those steps. The process is pretty straight forward, but the nuances about what to do when you get those packages are what I want to teach people about. I want to give people a chance to understand why we do what we do and why we don’t do some things that happen in other litigation processes. I want people to gain a better understanding of what slows down our process, what speeds it up, and how we can deal with these situations equitably for everybody.

Denise also told us why she is excited about this program.

I always love the opportunity to teach. My first degree is in education, so it is a passion of mine, but I also love to make sure that the bar as a whole is educated about what happens in foreclosures. Other parts of litigation are very adversarial and this doesn’t need to be.”

Register Online

Register online to attend Foreclosures Fundamentals in Edmonton (May 18) or in Calgary (May 23), and discover key aspects of the foreclosure process to enhance your practice.

Register on or before April 4 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

Should Alberta Abolish Perpetuities Law?

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Mar 242017
 

Alberta Law Reform InstituteThe Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) has published its latest report on the Rule Against Perpetuities. Details can be found at www.alri.ualberta.ca.


What is the Rule Against Perpetuities?

The Rule Against Perpetuities (RAP) is an ancient and complex set of legal rules designed to prevent people from indefinitely tying up land and assets via successive contingent interests of title so that future generations cannot sell, mortgage or enjoy full use of the property. In 1972, Alberta reformed the worst excesses of the rule against perpetuities in our current Perpetuities Act, seeking a reasonable balance between competing interests.

ALRI Recommends Abolishing Perpetuities Law

Following public consultation, the Alberta Law Reform Institute has now released Final Report 110, Abolition of Perpetuities recommending the abolition of perpetuities law in Alberta. The modern availability of court variation of trusts and other interests is a sufficient legal mechanism to balance competing interests in this area. Other provinces have abolished perpetuities law without any apparent major problems.

ALRI invites you to review the Final Report here.

March Upcoming Legal Events

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Mar 012017
 

March Upcoming Legal Events

This month, we’ve got a variety of upcoming legal events to offer Alberta’s legal community. Discover what programs we have to offer, learn important dates for the upcoming 2017/2018 CPLED Program year, and more.

LESA Programming

Capacity and Influence | EDMONTON: March 1, 2017 | CALGARY: March 8, 2017

Feel empowered to act appropriately when confronted with capacity or influence “red flags”. Learn how to assess capacity, recognize signs of influence or control, and determine which steps to take in those circumstances. Read the program brochure for more details. Register online today.

Buying and Selling a Business | EDMONTON: March 2, 2017 | CALGARY: March 9, 2017

Tackle issues and questions confidently, including pre-transaction considerations, structuring hybrid asset/share deals, and potential tax implications that arise in the purchase or sale of a private business. Get more details, and register online today.

Top 10+ (Things Every Lawyer Should Know) | EDMONTON: March 4, 2017

Lawyers are often called on to answer legal questions by clients, family, and friends in areas of practice outside their area of expertise. Learn how to competently answer the most common questions raised in multiple practice areas. Read the program brochure for more information. Register online today.

Drafting Wills and Trusts | CALGARY: March 7, 2017

Clear and concise language is critical when drafting wills and trusts. Improve your drafting skills, understand how to appropriately incorporate plain language, discuss common challenges, and review situation-specific sample clauses. Read the program brochure for details. Register online today.

Real Estate Essentials | EDMONTON: March 10, 2017 | CALGARY: March 17, 2017

Analyze common issues and mistakes, and discuss best practices for real estate matters. Learn practical tips to avoid Land Titles rejections, and to deal with trust conditions and trust accounting issues. Read the program brochure for more information. Register online today.

Intersection of Family and Criminal Law | CALGARY: March 11, 2017 | EDMONTON: March 18, 2017

Criminal issues sometimes arise in family law matters. Learn about protection orders, domestic violence issues, and cyber-related offences as they relate to custody, parenting, and reconciliation. Get program details, and register online today.

Immigration Fundamentals | CALGARY: March 14, 2017 | EDMONTON: March 23, 2017

Build a foundation in immigration law. Examine the basics of temporary study and work permits, the express entry program, family class immigration and refugee applications, and immigrant settlement procedures. Read the program brochure for more details. Register online today.

CPLED

2017/2018 CPLED ProgramRegistration for the 2017/2018 year opens today. You can view the CPLED Program Key Dates on.lesa.org/keydates for details about when the face-to-face sessions and online modules are running.

The registration deadline is May 31, 2017. Students who do not apply by this date are subject to a non-refundable late filing fee.

Visit our CPLED for Students website to find out what to expect from the CPLED Program and for other key information.

If you have any additional questions about the CPLED Program or the registration process, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator, Craig Edhart direct: 780.969.3554 or by email.

Legal Community Events

ASSIST

Alberta Lawyers' Assistance Society

  • LESA is proud to sponsor the upcoming Hand-to-Hand event featuring Olympian Clara Hughes on March 8, 2017. Join the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, CPA Assist, and the U of A Faculty of Law for an evening with Clara Hughes that will inspire you to live your best life. Click here for more details.
  • On March 8 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, attend the free-of-cost New Parents’ Peer Support session. Discuss both the benefits and challenges of your journey while juggling the demands of practicing law with other new and expecting parents. Get more details.

Does Alberta Need a New Trustee Act?

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Feb 282017
 

Does Alberta Need a New Trustee Act?

The Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) has just released their Final Report 109 with recommendations on implementing a new Trustee Act in Alberta. Details can be found at www.alri.ualberta.ca/.


ALRI recommends clear, simple, and comprehensible legislation with its latest publication, Final Report 109 – A New Trustee Act for Alberta.

What is a Trust?

Trusts are used by many Albertans as a way to manage property and assets, both before and after death. Having modern and clear rules for setting up and handling trusts is important to allow Albertans to manage and distribute their property. The current Trustee Act is outdated and has not kept pace with the modern world.

A Trustee Act Tailored for Alberta

ALRI has just released Final Report No. 109 – A New Trustee Act for Alberta. The Report sets out ALRI’s final recommendations for new trustee legislation in Alberta. While based on the Uniform Law Conference of Canada’s Uniform Trustee Act, 2012, ALRI has tailored its recommendations to reflect Alberta’s trusts law and practice.

Recommendations Based on Extensive Consultation

ALRI has relied on the exceptionable feedback from the trusts and estates bar in the province in crafting the final recommendations. The Final Report is distinctly better with input of those trusts professionals who assisted by completing surveys, writing or calling with comments, and participating in presentations and discussions.

The Trustee Act is long overdue for modernization. ALRI is hopeful that new trustee legislation based on its recommendations will be enacted.

ALRI invites you to review Final Report No. 109 – A New Trustee Act for Alberta.

Jan 132017
 

Buying and Selling a Business

What strategies can I use to effectively close a purchase/sale?
What tax implications arise from asset, share, and hybrid deals?
What pre-transaction considerations must I take into account?


Uncover the answer to these questions and much more in our upcoming program Buying and Selling a Business March 2 (Edmonton) and March 9 (Calgary).

In a recent interview, we spoke with seminar chair Bryan C. Haynes who gave us an overview of what to expect at this program.

The theme of this program is buying and selling private businesses. These transactions can be quite complicated, as they involve a number of different issues, considerations, and skill sets. This program includes discussions about structuring considerations from a tax perspective; pre-transaction considerations, including confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, and regulatory approvals; and negotiating, reviewing, and drafting key terms of asset-purchase agreements. The program will also includes a timely topic – something we’ve seen more of recently – which is hybrid share/asset purchase agreements. There will also be a discussion on how to effectively close a purchase and sale transaction with effective use of closing agendas and execution of documents.”

Bryan also told us what excites him about this program. Here’s what he had to say.

I am very much looking forward to the live mock negotiation on the key terms of a share-purchase agreement. As chair, my goal is to create a discussion oriented, dynamic environment that will encourage discussion among the attendees and the faculty during the presentations. I think that a lot of interesting ideas will come out of those discussions and I think that will make this an engaging and interactive program.”

About the Faculty

Matthew Clark | Shea Nerland LLP
Kelly R. Ford | Bennett Jones LLP
Mark P. Kortbeek | Bennett Jones LLP
James T. McClary | Bennett Jones LLP
Maxine Mongeon | Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Leah M. Tolton | Dentons Canada LLP
Steve R. Will | Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Here’s what Bryan told us about the diversity of this experienced group of panelists.

We’ve got a very diverse panel that is representative of practitioners from small firms, to large law firms, and from associates to partners. The faculty was brought together on the basis of having relevant experience with respect to the subject matter and also with a view of diversity in mind. The faculty will be able to address aspects of purchasing and selling businesses that will be pertinent and relevant to lawyers working as in-house counsel and to practitioners in small or large law firms.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with knowledgeable practitioners and to tackle issues and questions that arise in the purchase or sale of a private business.

Register Online

Read our program brochure to learn more about what this program has to offer. Register on or before January 19 to take advantage of early bird pricing.

Register for Buying and Selling a Business in Edmonton (March 2) or in Calgary (March 9).

We hope to see you there!

Assist Hand-to-Hand: Being Your Best

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Jan 062017
 

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LESA is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming Hand-to-Hand event featuring Olympian Clara Hughes.

Join the U of A Faculty of Law, Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist), and Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Assist on March 8 for a truly inspirational evening.

One of the most emergent stories in Canadian sports, six-time Olympic medalist, humanitarian, and motivator, Clara Hughes holds a distinctive vision, not only of what sport can be, but also of what it means to truly live your best life.

In her presentation, Open Heart, Open Mind, immerse yourself in Clara’s personal life-affirming story of her struggle with depression. Through physical and mental pain to a life where love and understanding can thrive, this revelatory and inspiring story is sure to touch the hearts of all attendees.

Additional Information

When: March 8, 2017
Where: Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Avenue 112 Street, Edmonton)
Price: Tickets are $120 (individual) and $100 (groups of eight or more). Register on or before January 16, 2017 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.

Be inspired to live life to its fullest. Click here to learn more and to register online.

Top 10+ (Things Every Lawyer Should Know)

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Jan 042017
 

Top 10 + (Things Every Lawyer Should Know)
Should I ever refuse to blow?
I want to leave someone out of my will, can I do that?
We are separating, should I leave the matrimonial home?


Lawyers are frequently asked to answer all kinds of different questions by friends, family, and clients, and it can be challenging to provide competent responses in all areas of the law.

Join the Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk and distinguished panelists for Top 10 + (Things Every Lawyer Should Know) February 25 (Calgary) or March 4 (Edmonton). Discover answers to frequently asked questions in various areas of the law, including:
• Criminal Law,
• Wills and Estates,
• Family Law,
• Employment Law,
• Condo and Residential Tenancy Law,
• Debtor and Creditor Law,

And more…

Sneak Preview

In a recent interview, we spoke to seminar chair the Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk, who gave us a sneak preview of what to look forward to in this program. Here are some of the key program takeaways and benefits you can look forward to.

I think [this program] will be a wonderful opportunity for lawyers to come out feeling well-rounded and in a position to more confidently and competently provide general information to their clients [and others]. This seminar is not in a paper format. One of the key takeaways is the ability for attendees to engage with the experts on the panel.”

The Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk also spoke about the diversity of the panelists. Here’s what she had to say.

We have Doris Bonora (Dentons Canada LLP), our specialist in Wills and Estates, who has had a very robust career in that area. We have Lonny L. Balbi QC (Balbi & Company Legal Centre), who is based in Calgary and will be our Family Law specialist. He has a lot of speaking experience and brings a very energetic dynamic. We also have Michael Lema, with the Federal Department of Justice, who is a nationally recognized expert in the area of creditor and debtor law and matters involving CRA. Roberto Noce QC (Miller Thomson LLP), is well known for speaking widely in the area of condominium and residential tenancy law. In the area of Criminal Law, we have Kim Hardstaff (Beresh Aloneissi O’Neill) – a young, up-and-coming criminal defense lawyer – who will be talking about criminal matters. Finally, we have Daniel Scott (Seveny Scott), who will be talking about employment law. He is a very seasoned lecturer who has been the sessional lecturer of the year several times at the U of A Law School.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with seasoned practitioners, and learn how to competently answer some of the most frequently raised questions across a broad spectrum of practice areas. As the Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk notes, “This program has certainly proved to be a huge success in other jurisdictions. It’s a brand new venture for LESA, and I think it will be a particularly well received program.”

Register Online

Register online to attend Top 10 + (Things Every Lawyer Should Know).
February 25 (Calgary)
March 4 (Edmonton)

Register on or before January 19, 2017 to take advantage of our Early Bird discount.