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).

Apr 012016
 

Calendar Image. Discover April 2016 Upcoming Legal Events!

They say April showers bring May flowers, but the next few weeks are also packed full of interesting events and useful continuing professional development programs. Read today’s blog to find out what April 2016 upcoming legal events you’ll want to mark on your calendar.

April Programs

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 5) or in Calgary (April 12).

  • Join seminar chair Farah Salim and panel experts to explore both common and extraordinary issues, such as inter-jurisdictional concerns, health care challenges, litigation tips, and more.
  • Read the blog for a sneak peek of what you can expect.
Unanimous Shareholder Agreement Disputes

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 6) or in Calgary (April 20).

Read the blog to discover the top 5 program takeaways and to find out why seminar chair Bryan Haynes says this program offers valuable tips, information, and best practices to address the surprisingly common issue of shareholder disputes.

A lot of people enter into ventures with friends, family, or, in some cases, strangers. At the outset, everyone has the best intentions and is acting in good faith, but, more often than one would like to think, there is a breakdown in the relationship and a dispute arises.”

Basic Collaborative Law

Discuss negotiation theory, preparing for 4-way meetings, the principles of collaborative practice, ethical issues, how to advise clients, and more.

If you missed your chance to attend this program on April 8–9 (the seminar is full!), don’t delay and register online now to attend this fall (September 30–October 1).

Legal Project Management

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 13) or in Calgary (April 14).

Join instructors Pamela Woldow and Patricia Olah in this interactive seminar to explore various project management skills: from the top 4 project management strategies, to the connection between project management and profitability, and even metrics used to measure and evaluate project management performance and success.

Read the blog for the inside scoop about what legal project management is, how you can implement its principles, and why this is a useful tool to add to your practice management tool box.

Questioning

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 19) or in Calgary (April 28).

  • Delve into questioning with experienced practitioners and Queen’s Bench Masters. Discuss specific issues, and join the conversation by participating in roundtable discussions and demonstrations.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Patrick Kirwin for the inside scoop on the top 3 reasons this seminar is particularly valuable.
Alberta Land Titles Online

Register online to attend in Lake Louise on April 23!

Stay up-to-date on significant upcoming changes to how electronic signatures will be used for land title transactions. All practitioners are welcome to attend this add-on program to the 49th Annual Refresher.

Read the blog with Curtis Woollard from Land Titles North to learn about 5 key changes and what all real estate practitioners should be aware of.

49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate

Register online to attend in Lake Louise this April 24–26.

  • Keep current on various issues affecting real estate transactions – from important snippets on topics such as protocol, trust cheques, and real property reports to sessions on practice pointers, commercial real estate, condominiums, and taxes.
  • Read the blog for more information about the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate and the add-on program Alberta Land Titles Online.

Registration Savings

If you’re looking to start checking some 2016 CPD requirements off your list, why not consider attending some of these upcoming programs? They’re running in May and June, but don’t wait to reserve your spot. Early bird registration savings for the following programs end in April.

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Register online to attend in Edmonton (May 10) or in Calgary (May 17) – Early Bird ENDS April 5.

Consider the unique concerns, competing interests, and estate planning strategies that come into play in the complex situations encountered with blended families. Read the blog with seminar chair Karen A. Platten QC to learn more about the practical tools you’ll gain and why this program offers important advice and information to practitioners.

Every practitioner runs across issues that they haven’t ever seen before. … [Unique situations] require certain expertise and certain understanding.”

Privacy Update

Register online to attend in Calgary (May 19) or in Edmonton (May 25) – Early Bird ENDS April 12.

  •  Explore current issues and emerging themes in privacy law to better prepare yourself to identify and address issues that come up in practice.
  •  Read the blog with seminar chair Ritu Khullar QC and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton for more information about the questions and topics that you’ll discuss in the program.
Criminal Advocacy – Experts

Register online to attend in Calgary (May 14) or in Edmonton (May 28) – Early Bird ENDS April 12.

Both junior lawyers and more seasoned veterans stand to benefit from this review of seminal issues and specialized matters. Consider the top 25 criminal cases in the areas of expert evidence, right to counsel, statements voir dire, and warrantless search and seizure.

CPLED

The 2015/2016 CPLED year is fast coming to a close now that all regular session modules have concluded. Students completing reserve period modules should contact LESA’s Student Coordinator, Ashley Iachetta if they have any questions.

Registration for the 2016/2017 CPLED year is open. Applicants can read the blog for more information and to register online.

Legal Community Events

AssistFit activities are part of a new program offered by the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) to encourage health, fitness, and creative activities within the legal community. There are several events happening in April. Read the blog to learn more!

Law Day celebrations are happening around the province this month, and volunteers are needed to make the events possible. Read the blog for more information about locations, dates, and volunteer opportunities.


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Renee Vander Meulen, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0553 or renee.vandermeulen@lesa.org

 

February 2016: Upcoming Legal Events

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Feb 022016
 

February 2016: Upcoming Legal Events

Stay up-to-date on upcoming legal events and programs. Today’s blog shares our program dates and early bird deadlines for the upcoming month.

February Programs

Drafting, Pleadings, Affidavits, and Orders: The Pleading Edge
Register online to attend in Edmonton (February 9) or Calgary (February 17).

  • Discover best practices, review current case law, and explore the role that pleadings play in framing your case.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair James Kindrake to learn what you’ll gain from this seminar that brings together a broad range of perspectives (from the civil litigator and family law practitioner to a Queen’s Bench Justice).

Advanced Child Support
Register online to attend in Edmonton (February 10) or Calgary (February 23).

  • Explore what’s at play in high income cases, responsibility for post-secondary expenses, section 7 and section 18 considerations, and other complicated child support issues.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Pam Bell to hear why experienced practitioners should attend this program to gain insight into issues from one end of the child support spectrum to the other.

Search Warrants
Register online to attend in Edmonton (February 19) or Calgary (February 26).

  • Recognize different types of warrants and how to utilize them. Discuss Garofoli Applications, constitutional challenges, privacy expectations, delay in access to counsel, and more.
  • Read the blog with seminar co-chair Karen Molle to discover more about the cutting edge topics discussed in this program targeted to both Crown and Defence counsel.
Registration Savings

Register now to take advantage of special early bird pricing for the following upcoming programs:

ENDING February 2

Family Law 25
Register online to attend in Edmonton (March 3) or Calgary (March 8).

  • Review the top 5 cases relevant to 5 family law issues: child support, spousal support, matrimonial property, parenting, and unjust enrichment. Also discover tax tips related to each of these areas.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Marla Miller QC for her top 5 reasons why you’ll benefit from this program, from the valuable information you’ll gain to understanding current court perspectives.

ENDING February 16

49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate
Register online to attend in Lake Louise (April 24–26).

  • Focus on common practice, thorny issues, and new methods in real estate. Engage in 6 half-day sessions geared towards all practitioners who want to keep current in the practice of real estate law.
  • Read the blog to find out what you can expect from this year’s 2016 Refresher program.

If you’re coming to Lake Louise for the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate, why not also register for the add-on program: Alberta Land Titles Online?

  • Read the blog with Curtis Woollard, from Land Titles North, to learn more about what you’ll gain from this add-on program and how the upcoming changes to implement digital signatures in land titles transactions will affect your practice.
  • Register online for Alberta Land Titles Online in Lake Louise on April 23.
CPLED Modules

Interviewing and Advising
This mandatory CPLED module runs in Calgary or Edmonton (February 8–12).

  • Interact in a face-to-face environment that includes instruction in and testing competence for interviewing and advising skills.
  • If you are a current CPLED student and have any questions about this module, please contact the LESA Student Coordinator Ashley Iachetta at ashley.iachetta@lesa.org or 780.969.3557.
Events in the Legal Community

Western Canada Class Actions Conference
Register online to attend the live program in Vancouver or the live webinar (February 26).


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Renee Vander Meulen, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0553 or renee.vandermeulen@lesa.org

Don’t Miss the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate

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Feb 012016
 

49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate

Are you aware of proposed changes to the Condominium Property Act that may affect real estate transactions? Do you want to stay up-to-date on factors affecting real estate transactions in a variety of environments? Join us on April 24–26 for our 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate to cover these and other important topics!

The 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate focuses on common practice, thorny issues, and new methods in real estate. The 6 half-day sessions are geared towards all practitioners who want to keep current in the practice of real estate law.

Today’s blog fills you in on what you can expect from this year’s 2016 Refresher program.

Keynote Address

Paul J. Unger shares technology and time management tips to help you better manage the distractions and competing priorities you face in your day-to-day real estate practice.

In his keynote address, you’ll discover valuable advice that you can implement immediately! You can read our blog about the tips Paul shared during our Time, Task, Email, and Document Management program this past October for a sneak preview of the type of practical advice that Paul has to offer.

Snapshot Sessions

New to the Refresher this year are LESA’s snapshot sessions – short TED-style talks that cover important snippets you should be aware of. Learn about protocol, trust cheques, and real property reports in Jason S. McCulloch’s 10–15 minute snapshot session talks.

Session Topics

You’ll explore a considerable amount of information during the program’s 6 half-day sessions.

Practice Pointers I
Chair: Mae Chow

Explore real estate tips for rural practitioners, review the title insurance claims process, and examine the current status of the law regarding adverse possession in Alberta.

Practice Pointers II
Chair: Shaun Partridge QC

Discover tips on managing client expectations and lawyer-to-lawyer relations. Also discuss factors affecting mortgages in the residential conveyance practice and upcoming changes to Land Titles Office procedures that will have you using a digital signature to complete transactions.

Commercial
Chair: Ronald Sorokin

Review the Foreign Ownership of Land Regulation, explore the expropriation process, and learn about builders’ lien issues that affect commercial real estate.

Condominiums
Chair: Craig Hill

Gain insight into considerations when acting for a purchaser, explore the likely effects of the proposed Condominium Property Act, and review recent cases to learn what to do (or not do) in your own practice.

Tax
Chair: Murray Pritchard

Analyze GST requirements with a focus on how to best advise your clients, and discuss factors involved in farm property transactions.

View the brochure for program details, including a complete list of presenters and more information on the topics to be discussed.

Register Online

Don’t delay, until February 16 you can enjoy the special early bird registration rate! Register now to join us in spectacular Lake Louise for the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate – where you’ll review common practice, gain insight on thorny issues, and discuss new methods in real estate transactions.

Alberta Land Titles Online

If you’re coming to Lake Louise for the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate, why not also register for the add-on program: Alberta Land Titles Online?

Attending will allow you to gain insight into important changes coming to the land titles process – using a digital signature to complete transactions. You’ll discuss electronic signatures, collaborative real estate environments for completing documents using a virtual boardroom, and trust conditions. An interactive tutorial demonstrates what working with electronic signatures entails!

Read the blog with Curtis Woollard, from Land Titles North, to learn more about what you’ll gain from this add-on program and how the upcoming changes will affect your practice.

Register here for Alberta Land Titles Online in Lake Louise on April 23, 2016.

Alberta Land Titles Online

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Jan 272016
 

Alberta Land Titles Online

Did you know that legislative changes were passed that allow for original electronic signatures to be used in land title transactions?

We were excited to connect with Curtis Woollard, from Land Titles North, last week about an add-on program to our 49th Annual Refresher that focuses on how these legislation changes will affect your practice.

The upcoming Alberta Land Titles Online program fills you in on the changes that allow practitioners to execute real estate purchase/sale contracts and other related documents with an electronic signature.

Today’s blog shares Curtis’ insights about the changes and offers you a sneak peek at what you’ll gain from the Alberta Land Titles Online program. Since Curtis expects practitioners to be able to use electronic signatures this fall, these are important changes to be aware of!

Participate in this program to explore how the document exchange process will look, how real estate transactions will happen without physical documents, and how the changes affect trust conditions and undertakings.

Key Changes to Understand

As Curtis explained, there are 5 key changes real estate practitioners should be aware of.

  1. The original document IS the electronic signature version.
  2. The wet ink signature is a COPY.
  3. The land titles system is NOT changing liabilities for parties involved.
  4. WHAT you need to submit is not changing; HOW you need to submit it is.
  5. Physical proximity to a Land Titles Office will be IRRELEVANT.

Why Electronic Signatures?

When speaking with LESA, Curtis identified 2 main things that an electronic signature does. First, an electronic signature identifies the individual who actually signed the document. Second, an electronic signature indicates assent to or agreement with the contents of the document to which the electronic signature is applied. The digital signature has a huge advantage because its forensic identification components are much stronger than an ink signature’s.

For Curtis, starting to use digital signatures for land titles transactions is exciting because this technology could affect the practice of law in other areas as well. It may impact on not only solicitors’ work, but also on barristers’ work. Curtis described a future where litigators may use the digital signature for filing pleadings at court or lawyers may use it for authorizing transfer of funds. The affordances of this technology can help develop practical solutions and create a level playing field.

As Curtis explained, one of the aims of digital signature adoption is a reduction of document rejections; currently, about 20% of documents submitted to Land Titles are rejected. These rejections included administrative errors that currently result in delay, because the documents must be physically corrected and returned to a Land Titles Office. Using an electronic signature to submit documents online will eliminate or decrease this error rate with real–time responses for correction on the submissions end.

Alberta Land Titles Online Program Topics

This Alberta Land Titles Online program is targeted to all real estate practitioners. Discussion at the program centers on several key areas:

  • Adoption of best practices from other jurisdictions
  • Implications for trust conditions
  • Collaborative environments
  • Virtual boardrooms

Engage in topics on eSignatures, collaborative real estate environments, trust conditions, and land titles, and learn about Virtual Boardrooms with a hands-on, interactive tutorial that demonstrates what working with electronic signatures entails!

This new system will create an environment where the legal profession is fundamentally doing business differently. Lawyers are going to be signing things digitally all the time and in fact that will be the new normal.

This is real. This is happening.” Curtis Woollard.

Feel free to contact Curtis Woollard at 780.427.4641 to discuss electronic signatures in more detail.

Register Online

To learn more about the fundamental procedural shift from paper-based to electronic documents, head over to our website and register online to attend Alberta Land Titles Online in Lake Louise on April 23.

If you’re coming to Lake Louise for Alberta Land Titles Online, why not also register for the 49th Annual Refresher ? Get up-to-date in your field, while connecting with top practitioners. Even the most senior practitioners benefit from the 49th Annual Refresher’s 6 half-day sessions.

View the brochure for program details.

Help LESA Plan the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate

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Jul 132015
 

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If you’re a LESA E-Letter subscriber, you’ve already heard that we want your help planning for our upcoming 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate program.

For those of you who haven’t heard, if you practice in real estate, we want your feedback to help us shape our program content, seminar format, and choice of presenters. To share your thoughts, please complete the 5 Question Planning Survey by July 20.

If you’re interested in joining us in Lake Louise, you can register online for the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate (April 24–26, 2016) and the Real Estate Boot Camp (April 23, 2016).


If you’d like to become an E-Letter subscriber so that you’re always in the know about the latest LESA news, you can subscribe here. E-Letter subscribers receive periodic updates on LESA programs and resources, as well as special subscriber-only offers.