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April Upcoming Legal Events

Discover what legal events are coming up this April, from LESA programming, to CPLED, and more.


LESA Programming

Child and Spousal Support 2017 | Edmonton, April 4 | Calgary, April 11
Gain an in-depth understanding of child and spousal support. Learn about the latest support developments, and discover practical strategies for addressing challenging issues. View the brochure for more details.

Estate Litigation Fundamentals | Edmonton, April 5 | Calgary, April 12
Cover the fundamentals of estate litigation and court practice, from applications, to chambers, to trial. Analyze common issues, and discover practical litigation strategies. Read the brochure for more information.

Rules of Court 2017 | Edmonton April, 6 | Calgary, April 20
Concrete knowledge of the Rules of Court is critical for every litigator. Revisit the “must-know” rules (including updates you might have missed), and discover practical tips for running effective litigation files. View the brochure to learn more.

Client Relationship Essentials | Edmonton, April 18
Clients are the foundation of most legal practices. Explore proven strategies and innovative ideas for developing strong relationships and communicating effectively with clients, for working effectively with challenging clients, and for exceeding client expectations. View the brochure for program details.

Family Law: Chambers Advocacy and Practice Pointers | Red Deer, April 21
In family law, critical points of dispute are frequently resolved in chambers. Discover insightful approaches to successful chambers advocacy and practice-oriented tips to use in addressing common issues that arise in chambers applications. Read the brochure for details.

CPLED

The reserve period for the 2016/2017 CPLED Program year is now underway. Contact Craig Edhart, Student Coordinator for more information or visit our CPLED for Students page.

Legal Community Events

PACC
The National Privacy and Data Governance Congress is happening this April 5–7 in Calgary. This year’s Congress theme – A World of Change – will focus on the most critical and timely privacy and data protection issues facing organizations today: those that foretell significant consequences for employers, employees, and policy makers. Read the agenda for details on this year’s Congress content.

The Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (ASSIST)
ASSIST is holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 5. Click here for more details.
• Assist’s New Parents’ Peer Support session runs in Edmonton on April 11. This free-of-cost session gives new and expecting parents the opportunity to discuss their journeys while juggling the demands of practicing law. Click here for more details.

Child and Spousal Support 2017

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Jan 302017
 

Child and Spousal Support 2017

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

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


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

Faculty and Discussion Topics

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

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

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

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

Program Benefits and Takeaways

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

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

Michelle also shared some of the key program takeaways.

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

Register Online

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

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