New LESA Seminars on Demand: Now Available

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Nov 042016
 

New Seminars on Demand are now available.The 2016/2017 educational year is well underway, which means brand new Seminars on Demand are now available.

Being an Excellent Principal (complimentary)

Employment Law Fundamentals

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the experience. Live stream videos of each presenter, and download program materials as PDFs, so you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments in your area of practice.


Being an Excellent Principal

Articling can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming times in a young lawyer’s career. Discover how you can lead your articling students to success. Review practical strategies and helpful tips for helping your students thrive, learn about the expectations of both students and principals in the CPLED program, and much more.

Check out the trailer below to learn more about this complementary Seminar on Demand.

Feel inspired by the role you play in the future of Alberta’s legal profession. Access this Seminar on Demand free of charge at courses.lesaonline.org.

Need access to our Online Classroom to view this Seminar on Demand? Contact us at 780.420.1987 or by email at info@lesa.org.


Employment Law Fundamentals

Having a solid understanding of the foundational aspects of employment law is crucial for providing competent advice to clients. Delve into topics concerning the following issues:

  • assets in other jurisdictions;
  • health care perspectives;
  • small businesses;
  • family farms;
  • blended families;
  • attorney compensation; and more.

Watch the trailer below to learn more about this seminar on demand, including the information you’ll gain, what resources are included, what program attendees found beneficial, and more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore both common and extraordinary issues from various perspectives. Purchase this Seminar on Demand online today.

November Upcoming Legal Events

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Nov 022016
 

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events

October is over, but there are many upcoming legal events in November that LESA couldn’t be more excited about. Find out what’s going on in Alberta’s legal community this month.


LESA Programming


CPLED

Negotiations & Practice Fundamentals begins the week of October 31 in Calgary and the week of November 7 in Edmonton. This face-to-face session is a mandatory part of the CPLED Program.

The deadline to commence the CPLED program for the 2016/2017 year ends December 1. Click here for CPLED Program info and key dates.


Legal Community: News & Events

Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist)
  • Healthy Habits Lunch (Edmonton): Join the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) and U of A law students on November 16 for an educational lunch, and learn about healthy habits that will help improve the law school experience. Click here for more details.
  • Speaker Series: Former NHL Goaltender Chris Malarchuk. In partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants’ (CPA) Assistance program, Assist will be holding 2 Speaker Series events in November (Calgary November 23) and (Edmonton November 24).These sessions will feature engaging speakers who will be addressing topics on mental health and wellness for professionals. Click here for more details.
  • AssistFit: Barre Body. Join Assist in Calgary on November 26 for this low-impact, energizing workout that combines the movements of yoga, pilates, and dance. Click here for more details.
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • CPR-C Training (Adult, Child & Infant Course): Calgary (November 26). In partnership with the Assist and Peak Safety Services, CBA is holding a CPR training for CBA members and other members of the legal community (including non-CBA members). The CPR course covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult, child, and infant victims. Click here for more details.
Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC)
  • Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party (Edmonton): Join the festivities with ECLC board, staff, and friends on November 24, and help celebrate the contributions of ECLC volunteers with snacks and wine. RSVP here for your spot by November 17.
Oct 042016
 

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events

September has come and gone, but this October is packed full of upcoming legal events. Find out what’s going on in Alberta’s legal community this month.


LESA Programming

CPLED

Negotiations & Practice Fundamentals begins the week of October 31 in Calgary. This face-to-face session is a mandatory part of the CPLED Program.


Legal Community: News & Events

 

What’s New in the LESA Library?

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Sep 162016
 

Find out what’s new on the LESA Library.

We recognize that as your schedule fills, it can be difficult to attend all of the programs that LESA offers. As such, the LESA Library contains the materials and resources you need to stay up-to-date in your area of practice anytime, anywhere.

Gain access to seminar papers, practice manuals, and more, so you can stay up-to-date on topical issues and key information for your practice.

Seminar Papers

The cost of purchasing individual seminar papers can quickly add up. In the 2015/2016 educational year alone, more than $6,000 worth of seminar papers was added in the LESA Library.

With an annual subscription, you gain access to all of these seminar papers for no additional cost. Not only can you access the most current materials, but also hundreds of additional seminar papers dating back to 2010.

Below is a list of programs from our 2015/2016 educational year. If you are a current subscriber, click on each seminar title below and instantly access all of these materials right now.

Practice Manuals and Fundamentals Series

We haven’t just updated the LESA Library with new seminar papers; there are also updates to our other publications. If you’re a current LESA Library subscriber, click on any of the titles below and instantly access the PDF versions.

Practice Manual Series
Fundamental Series

Audio Recordings

The LESA Library also offers audio recordings of select seminars. Simply download the MP3 files and listen from your computer or, for added convenience, transfer the MP3s to a portable music device.

Audio recordings from our 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate are exclusively available to LESA Library subscribers at no additional cost.

Get crucial updates and practical tips that will help hone your skills. Pair seminar materials with audio recordings and get an enriching continuing legal education experience.

Seminars on Demand: Now Available

We currently have 27 seminars available on demand. One of the benefits of being a LESA Library subscriber is the ability to access these seminars on demand at a discounted price.

Look at the seminars now available on demand, and take advantage of your LESA Library Subscriber discount today!

Subscribe Online

Take your continuing legal education to the next level. Access checklists, precedents, and other pertinent Alberta-specific legal content more conveniently than ever before. Get an individual annual subscription to the LESA Library, or subscribe for your entire firm.

For more details, visit LESA.org/Library.

2016/2017 Educational Calendar Now Available

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Jul 182016
 

2016/2017 Educational Calendar

The 2016/2017 Educational Calendar is now available!

 

We’ve been hard at work these past few months, developing a brand new list of LESA programming, selecting new Seminars on Demand, and providing other educational resources to assist in your 2016/2017 CPD planning.


What to Watch for

This year’s calendar is full of new programs, resources, key dates, and more. Search the alphabetical program listing on pages 3 – 10 to discover more than 40 programs across multiple practice areas.

Program Highlights

Check out this year’s program highlights (page 2). Please note that some of these programs have limited enrolment. Register today to save the date!

Seminars on Demand

Don’t forget to check out the list of Seminars on Demand that will be available this year (page 10). You can also watch for the Seminars on Demand icon beside titles in the alphabetical program listing.

CPLED

Looking for CPLED information? Find key dates and volunteer opportunities on page 11. You can also find information in the visual calendar on pages 14 – 19.


Keep an eye out for the hardcopy calendar, which should be arriving in your mailbox soon. We’re looking forward to the upcoming educational year!

Contact Us!

If you have questions about any of our programs or resources, please contact our office 780.420.1987.

49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate – Audio Now Available

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Jun 092016
 

49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate - Audio Now Available

This year’s 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate was a huge success! With more than 20 speakers covering topics such as eSignatures, Trust Conditions, Lawyer-to-Lawyer Relations, Foreign Ownership of Land, and more, attendees gained practical tips and valuable information to help improve their practice.

Did you Miss out This Year?

If you missed the chance to attend the Refresher, you’ll be pleased to hear that we captured it all on tape. Audio recordings are now exclusively available to LESA Library Subscribers.

Review the current status of the law concerning adverse possession and specific performance in Alberta with Jeffrey R. Fixsen, learn about increasingly significant factors affecting mortgages in the residential conveyancing practice with Roger Lennartsson, discover the top 10 considerations when acting for a purchaser with Heather M. Bonnycastle QC, and much more.

Topics and Speakers

Here’s a complete list of the topics covered at this year’s 49th Annual Refresher.

  • Rare but Relevant: Adverse Possession and Specific Performance | Jeffrey R. Fixsen
  • Title Insurance | Mae Chow, Ryan MacKay & Frank Maggisano
  • Real Estate Tips for the Rural Practitioner | Cyril Gurevitch QC
  • Lawyer-to-Lawyer Relations | Khalil Haji
  • Residential Mortgage Issues | Roger Lennartsson
  • The 3 Ps to Residential Real Estate Transactions: Paper, People, and Property | Kristin Ailsby
  • Alberta Land Titles Online: Summary Session | Curtis D. Woollard
  • Foreign Ownership of Land | Mark Christensen
  • Expropriation | Debi Piecowye
  • Builders’ Liens | Tim Mavko
  • Top 10 Considerations when Acting for a Purchaser | Heather M. Bonnycastle QC
  • Recent Case Commentary | John M. McDougall
  • New Home Buyers Protection Legislation | Hugh Willis
  • Non-Resident Vendors, GST, and Other Tax Considerations | Ebony Verbonac CPA, CA
  • Farm Property Transactions | Jason Stephan
LESA Snapshot Sessions

In addition, this year’s 49th Annual Refresher saw the first ever LESA Snapshot sessions. These short (10 – 15 minute) TED-style talks, led by Jason S. McCulloch, cover topics on protocol, trust cheques, and real property reports.

 

For more details on each of the discussion topics, view the program brochure or read our blog.

Stay up-to-date on important issues and changes in real estate law. Get your audio recordings of the 49th Annual Refresher today.

Subscribe

If you’re not already a LESA Library subscriber, you can learn more at LESA.org/Library or by watching the short introductory video below.

Questions

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have to help you get the most out of your LESA Library subscription. Email us at info@lesa.org or call us at 780.420.1987 (or 1.800.282.3900 toll free in Alberta).

New Seminars on Demand

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May 172016
 

New Seminars on Demand!We are pleased to inform you that we have 3 new seminars on demand available now!

If you missed the opportunity to attend one or more of these live events, you no longer have to wait to be a part of the experience!

Live stream videos of each presenter and download program materials as PDFs, so you can stay up-to-date in your area of practice.

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives

Go beyond the basics, and review the drafting of personal directives and enduring powers of attorney.

Review unique challenges when dealing with clients who have assets in other jurisdictions; discuss the challenges health care professionals face when dealing with personal directives; cover fiduciary obligations, breaches, and consequences; and more!

For a sneak preview of this seminar on demand, watch the trailer with seminar chair Farha Salim below.

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Here’s what some of the live attendees thought was most beneficial about the program.

Excellent EPA precedent provided, and reasons therefor.”

The entire seminar was very well organized and I found all of it quite useful and beneficial to my practice.”

Register Online

Register for this seminar on demand today, and learn how to effectively manage both common and extraordinary issues when dealing with enduring powers of attorney and personal directives.

Questioning

Refine your understanding of questioning, and learn to use it more effectively. Gain practical tips from expert panelists and Queen’s Bench Masters!

Watch the trailer below with seminar chair Patrick Kirwin for more information about why this seminar on demand is useful.

Hear discussion on techniques for questioning professionals, examine compelling and convincing sources of evidence, discover how to manage difficult and sometimes “forgetful” witnesses, and more!

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Check out what these live attendees had to say about the value of the program.

Very valuable and informative – excellent speakers and presentations and materials – no wasted time.”

The practical advice given on handling difficult people. It was also a good review of Questioning generally.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to hone your litigation skills. Register for Questioning today!

Alberta Land Titles Online

Discover how current legislative changes involving the use of digital signatures will impact future real estate transactions. Watch the trailer below with seminar chair Curtis D. Woollard (Land Titles North) for a sneak peek of what this seminar on demand has to offer.

Learn from experiences panelists as they discuss the future shift from physical to electronic documents.

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Here’s what some of the live attendees found most beneficial about this seminar.

This session was well organized, practical, to the point.”

What’s expected with e-submission to Land Titles and how e-signatures will work.”

Register Online

Prepare yourself for a digital future. Register for this seminar on demand today.

Other Seminars on Demand

Did you know that LESA now has more than 25 seminars on demand available? Here is a list of some of the past seminars that we offer as seminars on demand.

  • Collections
  • Condominiums: A Practitioner’s Update
  • Corporate Drafting
  • Court of Appeal Practice
  • Domestic Contracts
  • Drafting Pleadings, Affidavits and Orders
  • Evidence Law Refresher
  • File Organization for Legal Support Staff
  • iPad for Lawyers
  • Junior Solicitor Business Law Basics
  • New Estate Administration Act
  • PCLaw® Basics
  • PCLaw® Beyond the Basics
  • Research for Legal Support Staff
  • Running Your First Trial
  • Securities Law

Click here for a complete list of the seminars on demand that are available.

Get the Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual

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Apr 252016
 

The Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual is ready for pre-order!

The Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual is now available for pre-order. Topics address issues in planning for death as well as estate administration:

• Drafting wills
• Personal directives
• Enduring powers of attorney
• Family maintenance and support
• Intestacy

• Testamentary documents
• Estate obligations
• Rural estates
• Accounting and expenses
• Property distribution

Pre-order your hardcopy or CD version of the Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual today. Shipping is expected to begin this July 2016.

Don’t want to wait? No problem! The Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual is available online now through the LESA Library.

LESA Library

Gain instant access to the Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual through the LESA Library. Current LESA Library subscribers can access the manual here.

Not a subscriber? Get a single user annual subscription for just $795 + GST or subscribe your entire firm. Gain access not only to the Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual but also to thousands of dollars’ worth of pertinent legal documents including seminar papers, our fundamentals series, and more!

Follow the steps below to subscribe to the LESA Library now:

  1. Visit LESA.org/Library
  2. Scroll down the page to Subscribe and select the individual or firm subscription you need.
  3. Add to your cart, complete your purchase, and check your e-mail for login credentials (sent within 1 business day).

Access information and tools to help you manage a variety of issues, including planning for death and incapacity, interviewing and advising clients, working with personal representatives, and more.

Seminar on Demand: File Organization for Legal Support Staff

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Feb 262016
 

File Organization for Legal Support Staff Seminar on Demand

Are you new to a legal support staff position? Or are you someone more experienced wanting a refresher on file organization techniques and best practices? If so, LESA’s File Organization for Legal Support Staff seminar on demand is designed with you in mind!

This seminar on demand lets you stream video recordings of the program presenters and download course materials as PDFs.

Program Topics

Explore strategies for keeping your files organized from start to finish. Discuss conflict searches, client verification requirements, identifying timelines, limitation systems, organizational strategies, transferring a file, file closing, and more.

Here’s what some of the live program attendees had to say about the seminar:

Although designed for junior level assistants, the refresher was great, with input from different colleagues.”
“Excellent printed material. Presenter was very knowledgeable. … Information was useful.”
“I am very new to the legal support staff position. … The whole thing was very beneficial as it gave me insight into my new position.”

We also received lots of feedback from live attendees about what topics they appreciated learning about most: hearing what works for others, gaining information on CASL, understanding the Law Society Rules and Code of Conduct, discovering more about conflict checks, file retention, managing large files, and more.

Whatever it is that most piques your interest, this program covers plenty of ground. Watch this short introductory trailer for a sneak preview of the topics covered and what you stand to gain.

Register Online

Explore the materials, watch the videos, and access all the tips now, register online for the File Organization for Legal Support Staff seminar on demand.

Now Available – Securities Law Seminar on Demand

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Feb 162016
 

Securities Law

If you missed the Securities Law program that LESA ran last month, you’re in luck. The program was recorded and is available as a seminar on demand – letting you stream videos of speaker presentations and download course materials as PDFs.

Program Topics

As the program chair and faculty indicate below, this program has plenty to offer both to junior lawyers and to legal support staff.

The materials … were developed and presented by experienced practitioners. They not only cover topics that would comprise a comprehensive introduction to securities law for junior lawyers but also discuss practical aspects, including examples of documents and timing considerations. … The topics covered by this course include sources of securities law, the regulatory regime, continuous disclosure, the prospectus requirement, and corporate transactions.

– Chris Peng, seminar chair

The program … [provides] an overview of the fundamentals of certain key aspects of applicable securities law in Alberta, … [including] a basic understanding of ‘what is a security’ – which is not always obvious and extends beyond shares. [You] will also learn about the numerous regulators that reporting issuers must be mindful of in complying with securities laws – including various Canadian exchanges and securities commissions – and will receive an overview of the continuous disclosure requirements for reporting issuers and the ancillary SEDAR filing requirements. … [You’ll also gain] a practical understanding of how the initial public offering process works, the key participants involved, and the timelines from kick off to closing.”

Leanne C. Krawchuk, seminar faculty

Watch the above trailer to get a sneak preview of the topics covered in the Securities Law seminar on demand.

Register Online

To access all of this informative content and complete speaker presentations for yourself, register now for the Securities Law seminar on demand.

Happy viewing and reading!