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.

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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).

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.”

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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.”

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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.

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.”

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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”.

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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!

Matrimonial Property 2017

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Jan 162017
 

Matrimonial Property 2017

It is essential for family law practitioners to stay current in matrimonial property issues. In today’s blog, seminar co-chair Diane L. Harms QC tells us what we can look forward to in our upcoming program, Matrimonial Property 2017.

Join us this February 14 (Edmonton) and February 22 (Calgary) to explore the latest developments and case law in matrimonial property matters, from bankruptcy, to tax issues, to family trusts, and contingent assets.

About the Faculty

Our distinguished panelists have developed a full day of programming dedicated to topical issues in relation to Matrimonial Property matters.

Robert Calvert QC | DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Greg Gartner QC | Moodys Gartner Tax Law (Edmonton Seminar)
Ashley Hahn | Miles Davison LLP
Daniel K. Jukes | Miles Davison LLP
Kim G.C. Moody | Moodys Gartner Tax Law (Calgary Seminar)
Roxy Petts | Daunais McKay + Harms

In a recent, interview, we spoke with Diane L. Harms QC who told us a bit about the diversity of the speakers.

We’ve got Mr. [Kim G.C.] Moody, who is a tax specialist, and a prolific writer. He works together with Greg Gartner [QC] who is a tax expert and lawyer. They are partners at Moody’s Gartner Tax Law, and are an amazing resource for the family law bar to reference and learn from. We also have Robert Calvert [QC], who is a very strong civil litigator, but his particular expertise is family law. He’ll be speaking to us about attacking and protecting family trusts, which is something we’re seeing more and more of in the context of complex matrimonial property. We also have Ashley [Hahn] and Daniel [Jukes], who practice in the area of consumer protection and bankruptcy. They will help those of us who don’t deal with bankruptcy and protection issues on a day-to-day basis know what red flags to watch out for, and what particular things we want to build into our orders, agreement, and applications. Gifts and Loans from Family Members, Exemptions & Tracings, is going to be covered by Roxy Petts. She will be presenting a collection of things she has researched and come across in terms of expansion and tracing related to gifts and loans from family members.”

Benefits of the Program

Diane also told us what she thinks attendees will find beneficial about this program.

What we can expect to hear from the panel are topics on areas reflective of challenging issues in the context of matrimonial property – things that we don’t stumble across often enough that may be difficult, or unique, or specialized in the area of matrimonial property. For that reason, I think there is something for everyone. For the more junior attendees, these will be things that they can build into their practice from the outset – knowing the red flags and where to look to find answers. For those of us who are into the mid to later part of our career, this program will identify things that we can’t use our precedents for, or that we will have to build into our precedents.”

Finally, Diane told us why she is excited for this program. Here’s what she had to say.

For those of us who enjoy the legal aspect of family law, this program addresses some real chewy issues. It will allow us to take a look at the how-tos and whys of what we are doing. For those who are more junior, maybe they have not run across these issues yet, but I can guarantee that they will. For those of us that are more senior, we may have run across them, but we would benefit from learning more about these types of issues. They are current, timely, emerging, and they are relevant for all family law practitioners that have to deal with matrimonial property issues.”

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Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear from some of Alberta’s best. Join us for Matrimonial Property 2017 on February 14 (Edmonton) and February 22 (Calgary).

Read the brochure to learn more about this program.

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.

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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!

Alberta Legal Technology Conference

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Jan 112017
 

Alberta Legal Technology Conference

We’re pleased to invite you to our first ever Alberta Legal Technology Conference. Join seminar chair James T. Swanson and experienced panelists Richard Ferguson and Susan Wrotzman to investigate currently available and imminent future technology.


Sneak Preview

In a recent interview, we spoke with James T. Swanson, who gave us an incredible sneak preview at some of the topics you can expect from this conference.

We live in interesting times when it comes to technology. Clients are asking for services quicker, cheaper, and better. It’s like the saying, you can have it fast, good, or cheap – pick two. Well, clients are saying, “we want all three!”, and the only way to deliver that is to augment your abilities as a lawyers.”

But how can you augment your abilities as a lawyer? Well, here’s what James had to say.

One of the topics we’re going to talk about is Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Legal Technology. ROSS, as some lawyers may know, is an AI lawyer that does legal research. If it makes mistakes, you correct them, and it doesn’t usually make the same mistake more than once – it never forgets… Last year, Microsoft’s AI application was able to do a more accurate translation than most human translators can do of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” from Russian to English—and it did it at a rate of more than 530 pages per second. So for example, let’s say you have a case that needs a lot of legal research and it’s going to take 50 hours of junior lawyer’s time to do it. If you had ROSS you could do the whole thing in an hour, and charge the client for the hour rather than the 50 hours. Clients are going to go to firms that can do that.”

The amount of technological change that has occurred in the past 7 years alone is incredible, and it will continue to increase at an exponential rate. This not only affects the day-to-day tasks of a lawyer, but also seeps into client-firm relationships.

Another topic we’re going to cover is Cyber Security and the larger topic of Information Governance. These are issues our clients are facing, and if you’re a hacker you’ll be quite prepared to say (anonymously) that law firms are viewed as low hanging fruit—they’re easy to hack… so, you run the risk of confidential and privileged information being disclosed or stolen and used for someone else’s profit.”

That can’t be good for business!

However, like all things controlled by human beings, there is the potential for emergent technologies to also have an incredible benefit to the legal communities in Alberta and around the world. Take block chain technology for example.

Block chain technology is open source, so anyone can build a block chain if they want to. It was initially used to develop a cyber-crypto-currency known as Bitcoin, which is anonymous. It [block chain] is not controlled by any government, and so far, it’s hack-proof. Essentially, how it works is you have a massive ledger of blocks, and each block records transactions or values associated with the user. It is then encrypted, which is great because in theory it can’t be hacked. Then, what immediately happens is each of those blocks is duplicated across a vast network on multiple computers, and if anyone of those blocks are changed, the entire ledger knows it’s wrong. So, even if you can hack a block, it won’t pass muster because it immediately doesn’t compute with the rest of the system. So, for example, you could take something in theory, like a land title’s registry, and use block chain to authenticate sales, mortgage, grants of interest, and land types of transactions, and then record them on the block chain and have them there forever – authenticated, encrypted, and distributed so they are hack-proof. A lot of things that lawyers do in terms of authenticating transactions can be automated. So is it a threat? If you view change as a threat, then yes. But, it may also be a very positive development. You can have job killing technologies that then create other jobs, maybe requiring different skill sets. We’re in the very early stages of block chain, but it could be as revolutionary as the World Wide Web when it came out in 1991.”

These are just a few of the many topics that will be covered at our Alberta Legal Technology Conference. Others include:
• e-Discovery and Litigation Management;
• Remote Workplaces, Virtual Law Firms, and the Technology-Augmented Lawyer;
• Technology for Sole Practitioners and Small Firms;
• Project Management for Lawyers;
• Courtroom Technology; and
• A View of the Near Future.

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Be part of the discussion, network with seasoned practitioners, and discover tips, strategies, and technologies that can enhance your practice.

Register for our Alberta Legal Technology Conference today. For more information, read our brochure.

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.”

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