Program Feature – Capacity and Influence

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Feb 232017
 

Capacity and Influence

Determining capacity issues at the outset of a relationship with a client is crucial for developing strategies for testamentary and inter vivos wealth transfers. Although this area of law is well understood, the delicate intricacies of undue influence provide a more difficult challenge.

Understanding how to screen for the different types of undue influence at the time documents are prepared and executed can greatly affect wealth transfer strategies later on.

Explore the law governing attacks based on suggestions of a lack of capacity and undue influence with this esteemed panel. Learn techniques for assessing and addressing specific scenarios.


Faculty and Discussion Topics

Join seminar chair John Poyser on March 1 (Edmonton) and March 8 (Calgary) for Capacity and Influence. Hone your skills and develop strategies for identifying and addressing issues related to capacity and undue influence.

Dr. Arlin Pachet | Pachet Assessment and Rehabilitation Services
Stan Rule | Sabey Rule LLP
Shelley E. Waite | McLeod Law LLP
Helen R. Ward | Duncan Craig LLP
Kimberly A. Whaley | WEL Partners

In a recent interview, we spoke to John Poyser about the program. Here’s what he had to say.

Transfers are frequently flawed for one of two reasons. The first reason would be that the person making the transfer does not have the necessary powers of mind to do so. Second, you have undue influence. The law generated a collection of legal tools to be used to challenge a transfer of wealth if there was pressure or improper conduct around the making of the transfer. That’s typically undue influence. At this seminar, we are going to take those various challenges to wealth transfer: capacity and undue influence in both such forms, inter vivos and testamentary.”

John also spoke about the diversity of the panel.

We have panelists from three different provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, and Alberta. We also have a mixture of expertise; 4 of the panelists are lawyers, one is a psychologist. Psychologist Dr. Arlin Pachet will be able to provide some very down to earth, nuts and bolts commentary on the ability of a psychologist to render opinions and conduct assessments, which could assist the court, not only dealing with capacity but also dealing with testamentary and inter vivos undue influence. Stan Rule from Sabey Rule LLP will provide a suggested template or guideline of best practices to consult. I think that what he is going to provide will be revolutionary for a lot of lawyers here in Alberta who would otherwise be unaware and be re-inventing the wheel, which has been thoroughly developed already in B.C. Another one of the presenters is Kimberly Whaley from Toronto. She’s part of a boutique law firm in Toronto and practices exclusively in estate and gift litigation. She is in a position to write a very good paper and can comment from a wealth of dedicated experience of multiple years in a boutique shop on exactly the issue of inter vivos undue influence from a litigation perspective. She has a reputation across Canada and has been in demand from coast to coast for a decade.

Program Benefits and Takeaways

John also told us what he thinks attendees will find beneficial about the program.

I think attendees will come away with a more significant and better defined understanding of capacity principals. Litigators will come out with a far better understanding of how to attack and defend wealth transfers. Solicitors are going to be far better at putting these transactions together in a way that they can’t be challenged afterwards and will be in a better position to protect their clients.
Finally, john told us what he’s most excited about in the upcoming program.

Here’s what John had to say about the program takeaways that attendees will receive.

There is very little available in Alberta and across Canada by way of practice guides or practice directions to deal with equitable undue influence or inter vivos gifting. So, there are checklists of plenty to be found here in testamentary transfers. What’s largely missing, a huge gap in the law, are practice codes that deal with inter vivos transfers by living individuals. Kimberly is going to be in a position to talk about that from a litigation perspective.

Register Online

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from this incredibly diverse and experienced panel. Register today to attend Capacity and Influence on March 1 (Edmonton) or on March 8 (Calgary).

2017/2018 CPLED Program Registration Opens March 1st

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Feb 222017
 

2017/2018 CPLED ProgramAre you a 3rd year law student, recent graduate, or someone who needs to take the Alberta bar admission course (the CPLED Program)? Or, do you know someone planning to take the CPLED Program next year?

Registration for the 2017/2018 CPLED Program opens on March 1.


Register Online

Students can apply to the CPLED Program before having completed the requirements to be admitted as a student-at-law. If you’re thinking there is a chance you will need to complete the CPLED Program next year, mark March 1 on your calendar – 2017/2018 CPLED. Program registration opens at noon.

About the CPLED Program

The CPLED Program includes 7 online modules and 3 face-to-face sessions. Each face-to-face session is offered at 4 different times. Session enrolment is limited and time preferences are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to register early.

More Details

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. Head to 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.

We’re looking forward to having you in the 2017/2018 CPLED Program!

Jennifer Flynn to Join LESA’s Alumni

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Feb 142017
 

After nearly a decade as part of LESA’s leadership team, Jennifer Flynn will be transitioning out of her position as Executive Director effective May 10, 2017. Her open letter to teammates, supporters, and friends is here.

Aaron Martens, Chair of the LESA Board, notes “Jennifer’s leadership and presence will be sorely missed by all of us at LESA but we are excited for her future prospects. Luckily, LESA finds itself very well positioned for the future.”

“Serving as LESA’s Executive Director has been an honour and a privilege,” says Jennifer, “I could not have imagined a vantage point that provides a more inspiring view of the Alberta legal profession. This really has been a dream job.”

Transitions are a natural part of learning and growing. While change isn’t always easy, Jennifer is excited about the future: “I have tremendous confidence in LESA and I can’t wait to see how the organization will evolve and flourish in the years to come.”

LESA looks forward to celebrating Jennifer’s contributions in the next few months.

2017 Summer Student Positions Available

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Feb 072017
 

Top 70 Alberta Employers 2016

LESA is now hiring 2017 summer students. We’re looking for current law students who have completed at least 1 year of law school.

Benefits & Expectations

Join our innovative, dynamic organization and make a meaningful contribution to the legal community as part of our LESA team.

Gain experience and knowledge in key areas of law while refining your research and writing skills. Get the opportunity to work with LESA’s Legal team to research, write, review, and update LESA’s print publications and online resources. You will also have the opportunity to contribute here – on LESA’s blog.

Value of Being a LESA Summer Student

As one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers in 2016, LESA is a great place to work. One of our past summer students – Kelsey Dick – knows this first hand, joining LESA’s Legal team in the fall of 2015. Here’s what she had to say about working as a LESA summer student.

What did you enjoy about being a LESA summer student?

It allows you to stay involved in legal work during the summer and keep up-to-date on changes in the law, in an office atmosphere that is relaxed and friendly. Plus, LESA’s staff are wonderful to work with and always willing to help.”

What did you get to learn while working at LESA that you may not have learned elsewhere?

While summer students don’t have access to the CPLED Program materials, you do have the opportunity to work alongside the people involved with the program, so you can gain a better understanding of what CPLED is, how it works, and what LESA does. I think this is really beneficial as a student before starting the bar admission program, as it makes the CPLED Program a little less intimidating when you start articling.”

How did working at LESA as a summer student help shape your future career trajectory and opportunities?

It allows you to see the different opportunities available in the legal field, outside of the traditional firm career path. One of the real benefits of choosing a legal career is that it opens up a lot of doors to different employment opportunities. After I finished my law degree, I articled and worked at a large Edmonton law firm for a few years. I was interested in making a change around the same time LESA was looking for another lawyer to join their staff, and … I am now a Staff Lawyer at LESA.”

Want to learn more about the kind of work LESA summer students do? Check out what last year’s law students, Angela Beierbach and Katie Moore enjoyed about spending a summer with us.

Apply Now

View the job posting for complete details about the 2017 summer student positions. If you’re interested in joining the LESA team, apply by February 24, 2017 to Chris Mendez.

Program Feature – Immigration Fundamentals

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Feb 032017
 

Immigration Fundamentals

Who is eligible for permanent residence in Canada? How can an H&C application offer redress to a foreign national? What factors do immigration authorities consider when granting a refugee claim?

Explore the answers to these questions and more in our upcoming program, Immigration Fundamentals.

Join seminar chair Mark Holthe and distinguished panelists on March 14 (Calgary) or on March 23 (Edmonton) to explore key immigration law topics. From temporary study and work permits and the express entry program, to family class immigration and refugee applications, immigrant
settlement procedures, and more.

Topics and Presenters

In a recent interview we spoke with Mark who told us a bit about the presenters and topics that will be discussed at this program. Here’s what he had to say.

We’ve got a group of really high caliber lawyers who have worked very hard to become knowledgeable and experienced in their field. Most of these speakers practice exclusively in the area of Canadian immigration law. These very skilled practitioners are going to be sharing insight, answering questions, and really trying to tailor what is being presented to the attendees. Anyone who comes with a question is definitely going to get an answer.”

Shirish Chotalia QC | Pundit & Chotalia
Megan Dawson | McCuaig Desrochers LLP
Anna Kuranicheva | Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Rekha P. McNutt | Caron & Partners LLP
Raj Sharma | Stewart Sharma Harsanyi
Russ Weninger | Barrister, Solicitor, Notary Public
Susan Wood | Traverse Immigration Law

Mark also told us about the topics that will be covered at this program.

The program is broken down into various immigration categories. In the morning, we’re going to cover topics around temporary residence in Canada – work permits, study permits, and visitor visas – including what’s required to obtain them and how people qualify for them. Then, we’re going to shift to permanent residence applications. We’ll specifically address Canada’s new Express Entry process for obtaining permanent residence for skilled workers and also Alberta’s Immigrant Nominee Program, which is another pathway for skilled workers to obtain permanent residence in Canada. We’re going to talk about family sponsorship and the type of individuals and family members who are eligible to be sponsored. Then, in the afternoon, we’re going to shift to more complex immigration categories. We’re going to talk about enforcement to start things off. Sometimes we have clients who find themselves in trouble with the law or have other issues that come up that affect their admissibility to Canada – even when they’re here – and face deportation or removal. So, we’re going to talk about that. Then when all else fails and there is no other category that works – but there are sufficient humanitarian and compassionate reasons to allow someone to stay – we’re going to discuss a unique category called an H&C application. Finally, we’re going to end with the refugee process, which has been a hot topic over the last year or so in Canada, with the influx of many thousands of refugees.”

Program Takeaways

It’s great to have materials to take back to the office once a program is complete. Mark told us about some of the key program takeaways you’ll get from attending this program.

Each of the presenters will have takeaways. We’re also going to run through scenarios – real life examples – so people can see how this actually applies in various circumstances. These scenarios are going to be intertwined amongst the various presentations so that there is a connection between the scenarios presented, allowing attendees to see how these processes evolve with a particular client. For example, someone may need to come to Canada temporarily and then decide to remain permanently, which is something that lawyers in Alberta will see quite frequently.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn practical tips and strategies for key immigration law topics from seasoned practitioners. Join us in Calgary (March 14) or in Edmonton (March 23) for Immigration Fundamentals. Read our program brochure to learn more.

Register on or before February 7 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

February Upcoming Legal Events

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Feb 012017
 

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events
January is over, but February is brimming with exciting legal events. Find out what’s going on in Alberta’s legal community this month.

LESA Programming

CPLED

Interviewing & Advising begins the week of February 6 in both Calgary and Edmonton. This face-to-face session is a mandatory part of the CPLED Program.

The Client Relationship Management online module begins on February 16 and will run until March 9.

Click here for CPLED Program info and key dates.

Child and Spousal Support 2017

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Jan 302017
 

Child and Spousal Support 2017

Are you a lawyer with experience in family law who is looking for practical strategies to address challenging child and spousal support issues?

If so, then our upcoming program Child and Spousal Support 2017 may be the educational opportunity you’re looking for.


We welcome you to join us on April 4 (Edmonton) or on April 11 (Calgary) for Child and Spousal Support 2017. Join seminar chair Michelle J. Bailey to explore the latest developments in child and spousal support.

Faculty and Discussion Topics

Discover practical strategies and helpful tips for keeping up-to-date in child and spousal support issues from distinguished panelists.

Abram Averbach | Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP
Jonathan F. Griffith | Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP
Jocelyn E. Innes | Lewis & Chrenek LLP
Pierre V. Lamoureux | Lamoureux Culham LLP
Lori Marshall | Maintenance Enforcement Program
Matia L. Matkovic | Matkovic Allan LLP

In a recent interview, we spoke with Michelle J. Bailey who told us a bit more about the program and presenters. Here’s what she had to say.

With respect to child support, we have asked the presenters to go beyond the normal and look into areas that are of particular interest to them. Jonathan Griffith is going to be talking about adult children and how they are increasingly continuing to rely on their parents for support after the age of 18. He will outline some of the key differences between support for minors and adult children. Abraham Averbach is going to talk about imputation of income for child support purposes and any changes that are happening in the Alberta Courts – particularly in response to the current economic climate. Lori Marshall is coming from the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP), which we are all pretty excited about. She is going to be discussing how maintenance enforcement administers family support orders and dealing with the MEP policy changes that have come into play recently, particularly with respect to s. 7 expenses. On the spousal support side, we have Pierre Lamoureux, who is a seasoned presenter and will talk about review clauses, including when they’re appropriate and how to address those issues and what to advise clients when negotiating those particular terms of settlement. Jocelyn Innes is going to be speaking about illness and disability and its impact on spousal support. Often when we talk about spousal support, we talk about the roles within the marriage and in particular, dealing with children. We don’t talk a lot about illness and disability and its impact, so she is going to do a case review on how this affects spousal support in short-term, medium-term, and long-term relationships. Finally, we have Matia Matkovic who is talking about interim applications of spousal support. She will provide some practical tips on seeking interim support and defending applications for interim spousal support. With our access to justice issues that are happening across the province right now, those interim applications are becoming more and more important and often becoming the basis of settlement. What often happens on an interim basis often drives what settlement will look like down the road.”

Program Benefits and Takeaways

Here is what Michelle had to say about the benefits of attending this program.

We’re going to address some really unique circumstances that we’ve noticed from across the province. As economic conditions change, and as we are seeing parties that are separating later in life, illness and disabilities issues come up. I think it’s going to be very practical for lawyers who are attending and hopefully everyone will be able to take back something that will apply immediately to one of their files.”

Michelle also shared some of the key program takeaways.

There will be precedents and some really good tips about drafting child support orders to help with maintenance enforcement. Matia is going to be coming with some really practical information, and potentially speaking to judges and providing them with case scenarios to talk to them about how to most successfully make or defend against a spousal support application. I think in those two areas, you are going to get some really practical applications to your practice and with some of the other ones; you are going to come away with some really good arguments to put into your submissions.”

Register Online

Network with other family law practitioners and learn practical tips and strategies from seasoned professionals. Register to attend Child and Spousal Support 2017 in Edmonton (April 4) or Calgary (April 11).

Register on or before February 7 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

Volunteer Spotlight – Michael Kraus QC

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Jan 252017
 

Volunteers are integral to our success here at LESA. That’s why we like to take the time to thank our LESA volunteers for dedicating their time, talent, and energy in the mutual pursuit of continuing legal excellence.

There are many ways we thank our volunteers, from appreciation programs – such as this year’s program Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Inclusion – to brochures, and feature articles on our blog. While we would love to feature every one of our volunteers, this time we’ve chosen to give Michael Kraus QC the spotlight.

Michael has been involved with LESA for more than 15 years, during which he has been a program panelist many times and a CPLED instructor for various modules.

We recently interviewed Michael to learn a bit more about him, his practice, and why he is inspired to volunteer at LESA.

Happy reading!


Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Kraus QCQ: Can you tell me a bit about your practice?

A: I have been a lawyer since 1990. During the first 10 years or so of my career, I practiced in just about every area of the law that you can imagine. Over the last 15 years or so, I have become so busy practicing family law, that family law is all I do at the present time. It helps that I am at an excellent firm, Emery Jamieson LLP, so clients who need other types of work done can be serviced by other lawyers at my firm.

Q: How did you become interested in Law?

A: I became interested in the law when I was a student. During my undergraduate studies, I had to make an important decision. I was also interested in academics. I had to decide whether to pursue an academic career or legal career. I decided to go to law school and to pursue a career as a lawyer in private practice. I have had no regrets about that decision.

Q: How did you get into your practice area?

A: There was a stigma about family law in law school and the stigma still exists today to some extent among lawyers. When I was a young lawyer, I was given the opportunity to practice family law because the lawyers that I worked with often did not want files in that area. To their surprise – and perhaps even to my surprise – I very much enjoyed the challenges of practicing in the family law area. I enjoy the type of work that I do and the people that I deal with including clients, experts, and other lawyers. I have nothing but good things to say about the practice of family law, well almost nothing.

Q: Can you tell me about your involvement as a volunteer at LESA?

A: I have been a volunteer with LESA for over 15 years. I have been fortunate to participate in many different capacities, including being a program panelist, competency evaluator, and instructor. When CPLED was known as the Bar Admission Course, I was a Family Law instructor. Since the Bar Admission Course became CPLED, I have instructed Oral Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising, as well as Professional Responsibility.

Q: How do you enjoy your time outside of the office?

A: The practice of family law can be very demanding, as with other practice areas. Balance and outside interests are important. I volunteer with other professional and community organizations. I like to ski, mountain bike, travel, and golf. I am also considering making a comeback to resume my men’s league hockey career. Most importantly, I like to spend time with my family. My wife, Lori, and I have been married for over 20 years, and we have three wonderful children.

Q: Do you have any advice to give a newly called lawyer?

A: I would encourage newly called lawyers to work, if possible, in diverse practice areas. The experience of being exposed to and working hard in many areas of the law will make them better lawyers in the future. Even if some of the time they spend getting up-to-speed is not billable, the trade off is worth it. They will learn what areas of the law they like and those they do not like. They can then choose what type of a career to pursue.

Q: What would you tell someone who may be considering volunteering at LESA?

A: If you have an opportunity to volunteer with LESA, I would encourage you to do so. There are many benefits of volunteering with LESA. There is a learning component, which is very important. There is the satisfaction of being recognized and knowing that others may have benefited. There is also a social element. You will get the opportunity to interact with LESA staff, with students, and with other practitioners. All of these benefits are very rewarding.


Thank you to each and every one of our LESA volunteers. Your continued service to the profession has built the foundation of LESA’s reputation for excellence in legal education.

We’re proud to have you as our partners in continuing legal excellence!

 

Intersection of Family and Criminal Law

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Jan 232017
 

Intersection of Family and Criminal Law

Criminal law matters have implications in family law matters, and vice versa: bail conditions may conflict with family orders, affidavit evidence in family proceedings can differ from information of record in criminal proceedings, and emotional social media posts arising from tense family matters can give rise to criminal considerations.

This March 11 (Calgary) and March 18 (Edmonton), join us for Intersection of Family and Criminal Law. Examine the intersection of these two areas of practice, and discover how to proactively consider the implications of each on the other.


About the Program

Join seminar chair Richard W. Rand QC and experienced panelists to discover strategies for managing family law files with criminal law components, and vice versa.

Review topics, including:

  • Preventing the Intersection of Family & Criminal Law,
  • The Criminal Law That Family Law Lawyers Need to Know,
  • Getting the Goods on the Other Side: Social Media as Evidence, and
  • Conversations Between Family & Criminal Lawyers.

In a recent interview, we spoke to program panelist Brian A. Vail QC about the upcoming program. Here’s what he had to say.

I have long said, “listen you criminal and civil lawyers, when you’re acting for a client, you can’t have tunnel vision.” You’ve got to be aware of related proceedings. A lot of criminal lawyers don’t know much about civil law, and vice versa, and they don’t want to. The fact is: your client is facing a multi-front war. They will be facing criminal proceedings on one side, and civil proceedings on the other. So, just as the allies did in WW2, you want to coordinate what you do on one front with what you do on the other.”

Sneak Preview

Brian told us a bit about his discussion topic, Getting the Goods on the Other Side: Social Media as Evidence. Here is a sneak preview of what you can look forward to in the first part of his presentation.

The first part I’ll speak about is social media in litigation, and that’s going to involve a number of things. I’m going to talk about civil law applications – like getting background information on litigants or witnesses, using that information to challenge a witness’s credibility, and how to get at the non-public portions of the subjects social networking site. I’ll talk about how you can use Facebook to serve people and about civil publication bans. I’m also going to talk about the fact that the court can take judicial notice about the facts that are on some websites, ethical issues including document production, and I’ll discuss the destruction of evidence.”

Brian also gave us the inside scoop on the second portion of his presentation.

The second portion of my presentation involves litigation from the criminal into the civil and vice versa. I’m going to talk about the fact that if there is a criminal proceeding that is related to a civil one, you cannot use or disclose the contents of that in any other civil action. You have to indicate “there is a crown disclosure package that I have possession of but I decline to produce or provide it for inspection absent permission of the other side or order of the court. I’ll also discuss how to get at a police file, how to get at the crown disclosure package, and the impact of a criminal verdict on a civil case. I’ll be looking at the Canadian Rights Against Self-Incrimination under the Charter and Evidence Act and the Alberta Evidence Act.”

When we asked Brian why he was excited about this program, he told us he was excited to finally share with all of the attendees, how he has found success as a litigator.

Too many lawyers are too insular when it comes to civil or criminal law. When I do a civil case, I look for every other case that the other litigant has been involved in and often, it is an absolute gold mine. What makes these files interesting to me is that there are four fronts, there is the police and the crown, the job action (maybe dismissal from the employer), civil action from the victims, and professional misconduct proceedings. That makes it fun.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the interplay between criminal and family law. Register to attend the Intersection of Family and Criminal Law program in Calgary (March 11) or in Edmonton (March 18).

Register on or before February 7, 2017 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

Real Estate Essentials

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Jan 202017
 

Real Estate Essentials

Join Seminar chair Lubos K. Pesta QC (Walsh LLP) and experienced panelists for Real Estate Essentials on March 10 (Edmonton) or on March 17 (Calgary). Solidify your understanding of essential real estate topics by observing experienced lawyers put concepts into action.

Program Benefits and Takeaways

In a recent interview, we spoke with seminar chair Lubos K. Pesta QC, who told us about the program and some of the key program takeaways. Here’s what he had to say.

Attendees are going to learn about new twists, turns, and approaches resulting from the new Purchase Contract introduced in 2016. There are some material changes that lawyers need to be aware of in order to minimize their liability. We are also going to have a sample run of signing a residential closing by a lawyer and a client – on both a purchase as well as a sale. One of the takeaways is that junior lawyers will have the opportunity to observe how to handle closings efficiently. We will also talk about how experienced lawyers deal with issues when they meet with clients on the sale and purchase of a home.”

We also asked Lubos what he find’s exciting about this program.

I’m always excited by engaging the profession in practical discussions and clarifying issues and even being challenged. We want to focus on making this relevant for people. We don’t want to just lecture, we want to deal with issues that are relevant. So, we are going to give every opportunity for the people in attendance to raise questions and concerns and explain circumstances that they may have questions about.”

Faculty and Discussion Topics

Develop critical skills to ensure the use of best practices, and explore essential topics with seasoned practitioners.

Philip Carr | Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association
Kathleen S. Davis | KSD Law
Jesse Mackenzie | Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association
Jason McCulloch | Witten LLP
Jim Reich | Reich Law
Linda L. Wright | Laurier Law Office

Examine residential real property transactions in detail, including:

  • the basics of a residential real estate practice;
  • key terms and common issues in residential real estate purchase contracts;
  • recent amendments to standard form purchase contracts;
  • protecting clients’ interests, advising clients, and conducting client meetings;
  • the Protocol and title insurance – what they are, why and when to use them, and what to do if something goes wrong;
  • assessing the reasonability of trust conditions;
  • Real Property Reports and related issues; and

… much more.

Who Should Attend?

If you’re a lawyer in your first five years of practice who has some experience in real estate law and
wishes to explore the fundamentals of a real property transaction. This program is for you. It may also be of interest to legal support staff.

Lubos also told us that this program is relevant for realtors and the real estate industry, and said “realtors would really benefit in terms of learning what goes on in the lawyers office when the home sales and purchases are being closed”.

Register Online

We’re looking forward to an enriching day of continuing legal excellence. Join us in Edmonton (March 10) or in Calgary (March 17) for Real Estate Essentials.

Register on or before February 7, 2017 to take advantage of our Early Bird discount.

See you there!