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

 

Feb 292016
 

March 2016: Upcoming Legal Events

It’s hard to believe that March is upon us, but it’s here and it’s a busy month at LESA! Check out today’s blog to so you don’t miss any key dates or events.

March Programs

Advanced Estate – PROGRAM FULL
Runs in Edmonton (March 1) and in Calgary (March 9).

  • Delve into advanced estate topics with other experienced wills & estates practitioners.

Advanced Lender
Register online to attend in Edmonton (March 2) or Calgary (March 10).

  • Discuss current banking and finance issues with other senior practitioners who work exclusively or predominately in the area of lender/borrower.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Kerry Day QC to learn what you’ll gain from this program and what topics will be covered this year.

Family Law 25
Register online to attend in Edmonton (March 3) or Calgary (March 10).

  • Review the top 5 cases relevant to 5 pressing family law issues: parenting, child support, spousal support, matrimonial property, and unjust enrichment. Also discover tax tips relevant to each topic.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Marla Miller QC to discover the top 5 most valuable takeaways you’ll walk away with after attending this program.
Registration Savings

Special early bird discounts are ending soon for the following programs. Register now and save!

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives – ENDS March 1
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 5) or Calgary (April 12).

  • Examine both the common and the extraordinary issues you face when dealing with enduring powers of attorney and personal directives.
  • Read the blog for more information on the topics covered and the range of perspectives addressed.

Unanimous Shareholder Agreement Disputes – ENDS March 1
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 6) or Calgary (April 20).

  • Discover information, tips, and best practices for dealing with (and helping prevent) shareholder disputes.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Bryan Haynes to hear more about top program topics and takeaways.

Legal Project Management – ENDS March 8
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 13) or Calgary (April 14).

  • Explore project management principles that can help build your practice, increase your efficiency, and keep your clients satisfied.
  • Read the blog with presenter Pamela Woldow to learn more about what project management is, why you’ll want to add these concepts to your practice management tool box, and what you’ll gain from this program.

Questioning – ENDS March 15
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 19) or Calgary (April 28).

  • Review the scope of questioning, and discuss the use of questioning evidence, cross examination, exhibits, documents, and undertakings.
CPLED Update

Do you need to register for next year’s CPLED Program? 2016/2017 registration opens March 1.

There are several 2015/2016 CPLED modules running this month:

  • Ethics & Professionalism. This online module runs March 3 to March 10.
  • Negotiations & Practice Fundamental. This face-to-face module runs in Calgary (March 14–18) and in Edmonton (March 21–22).

If you are a current student with questions about either of these modules, please contact LESA’s Student Coordinator Ashley Iachetta at 780.969.3557 or ashley.iachetta@lesa.org.

Legal Community: Dates and Deadlines

CPA Assist Speaker Series – Running on Empty: Understanding Family Caregiver Fatigue
Attend this Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) program in Calgary (March 2) or Edmonton (March 3) to learn more about the challenges family caregivers face and strategies for staying healthy while juggling these demands. Learn more in our recent blog post.

Declare Your CPD Plan
All lawyers are required to submit a CPD Plan (Continuing Professional Development Plan) to the Law Society of Alberta by March 15.

LESA Summer Students Wanted
Interested applicants can learn more in our recent blog post. Apply by March 21 to Daniel García at daniel.garcia@lesa.org.

Want Unanimous Shareholder Agreement Disputes Tips?

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Feb 222016
 

USA Disputes

Whether you’re a barrister or solicitor – if you deal with shareholder disputes and you have 5 or more years’ experience in business law, LESA’s upcoming Unanimous Shareholder Agreement Disputes program is designed with you in mind.

As seminar chair Bryan Haynes explains, this program offers important information, tips, 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. This seminar is focused on how to deal with those disputes, what types of remedies are available, how to enforce those remedies, and some other things like tax and valuation that surround those discussions.”

Program Takeaways

Bryan identified several key topics that attendees will gain insight into at the Unanimous Shareholder Agreement Disputes program.

1)    Realize the value of shareholder agreements.
As Bryan explains, shareholder agreements “often prevent a breakdown in relationship from becoming a dispute, can provide additional remedies that aren’t provided at law, and can also provide some clarity to how disputes are to be resolved.” Essentially, having a shareholder agreement provides more options and better options for resolving disputes.

2)    Review available remedies.
A key program takeaway for Bryan is gaining a “realistic understanding of the practical remedies available and what they entail.” You’ll discuss, for example, provisions for enforcing buyout mechanisms (such as drag-along rights and shot-gun clauses), how to enforce non-competition clauses, and remedies available at law (including oppression remedies and derivative actions).

3)    Understand the limitations to enforcing remedies.
It’s important to fully understand the many difficulties that exist when trying to enforce or exercise an available remedy. Bryan’s goal is that those who don’t fully understand the “perils and pitfalls” in this area will walk away from the program with a more “practical and realistic picture of the USA dispute playing field.”

4)    Discover tips for structuring a negotiation or settlement.
Bryan also sees a lot of value in the tips that attendees will gain for handling negotiation or settlement discussions, including “how best to structure a buyout from a tax perspective, how to evaluate the purchase price of a shareholder’s interest in a company, and also some helpful direction as to whether parties are better off going to court versus using alternative dispute resolution options, such as arbitration.”

5)    Improve your drafting skills and knowledge.
Although the program focuses primarily on understanding what to do in the face of shareholder disputes, understanding this back end will help solicitors at the front end when drafting and negotiating shareholder agreements. For Bryan, understanding the fallout builds an appreciation of “the importance of these provisions and some of the things that should be at least raised or thought of in the drafting process.” With one program session focused on drafting, you’ll also gain tips and best practices for drafting shareholder remedy provisions.

 

Program Faculty and Topics

As Bryan points out, the many “practical tips and best practices … [offered] by faculty who are quite experienced in these areas” will make this a “very worthwhile conference for everyone to attend who’s involved in drafting shareholder agreements.”

You can view the program brochure for details about the topics presented on by the following panel:

 

Register Online

The early bird registration deadline is ending soon: register by March 1 to take advantage of this reduced registration rate.

Register now to attend in Edmonton (April 6) or Calgary (April 20). We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Coming Soon: Buying and Selling a Business

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Feb 182015
 

Register now for Buying and Selling a Business!

UPDATE: This seminar occurred in the past, and the seminar materials are now available.
• LESA Library subscribers can already access course materials through the LESA Library.
• Alternatively you can purchase course materials a la carte (search buying and selling).
• You can also view the list of upcoming seminars to discover live programs that are available now.


On one hand, it’s hard to believe that February is already half over, but, on the other, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Time always seems to fly when you are busy, and here at LESA we are looking ahead and planning for the 20 remaining programs we have running from now until June.

For those of you who practice in the area of business law, we’ve been working with seminar chair Glenn Warkentin on the Buying and Selling a Business program.

The brochure for this program details the topics being covered and should have hit your desk last week, but, for those of you wanting to know more, we’ve asked Glenn why this seminar will be valuable for attendees.

As Glenn explains, the greatest benefit of this seminar will be the opportunity for practitioners to “gain greater insight into the dynamics of a deal … [and] takeaway some real practical solutions, options, and trends, so that they can add value for their clients.”

Since this program is targeted to practitioners with 5 or more years’ experience in business law, the material covered will go beyond the basics. Glenn emphasized that “this seminar will be more in-depth and not limited to issue identification.” Rather, it will take things further by examining options for resolving the issues.

Having an interactive and engaged audience will be key to achieving this goal of helping attendees gain insight into the issues they are facing. For Glenn the goal is to have “each of the panel members … actively solicit questions” so that “during the discussion phase some really good ideas are thrown around amongst the panel and the participants to say, ‘When you come up with this kind of an issue, what are some options or workarounds?’ … We hope that the panel will be able to give ideas, options, [and] solutions.”

While the panel won’t be able to solve every problem that practitioners face, Glenn’s intention is to utilize these experienced faculty members to identify “what’s going on in the marketplace in terms of how other practitioners are solving some of those [problems]”  and to provide attendees with “potential workarounds for [those] issues depending on the fact scenario that you’ve got.”

At the seminar, you’ll hear from these experienced practitioners:

Bryan Haynes – Purchase and Sale Agreements
Mark Kortbeek, Peter Inglis – Due Diligence
Kristopher Noonan – Severance Issues
Susan Naylen – Financial Analysis
Matthew Clark – Tax Issues Related to Deal Structuring
Cameron MacCarthy – What Public Corporations Look for When Acquiring Privately Held Corporations: Current Market Trends

Each faculty member will address their topic from the perspective of a public company or private equity firm acquiring a privately help business.

Buying and Selling a Business runs in Edmonton on April 9 and in Calgary on April 23. Follow the link to register online now in the city of your choice.