March Upcoming Legal Events

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March Upcoming Legal Events

This month, we’ve got a variety of upcoming legal events to offer Alberta’s legal community. Discover what programs we have to offer, learn important dates for the upcoming 2017/2018 CPLED Program year, and more.

LESA Programming

Capacity and Influence | EDMONTON: March 1, 2017 | CALGARY: March 8, 2017

Feel empowered to act appropriately when confronted with capacity or influence “red flags”. Learn how to assess capacity, recognize signs of influence or control, and determine which steps to take in those circumstances. Read the program brochure for more details. Register online today.

Buying and Selling a Business | EDMONTON: March 2, 2017 | CALGARY: March 9, 2017

Tackle issues and questions confidently, including pre-transaction considerations, structuring hybrid asset/share deals, and potential tax implications that arise in the purchase or sale of a private business. Get more details, and register online today.

Top 10+ (Things Every Lawyer Should Know) | EDMONTON: March 4, 2017

Lawyers are often called on to answer legal questions by clients, family, and friends in areas of practice outside their area of expertise. Learn how to competently answer the most common questions raised in multiple practice areas. Read the program brochure for more information. Register online today.

Drafting Wills and Trusts | CALGARY: March 7, 2017

Clear and concise language is critical when drafting wills and trusts. Improve your drafting skills, understand how to appropriately incorporate plain language, discuss common challenges, and review situation-specific sample clauses. Read the program brochure for details. Register online today.

Real Estate Essentials | EDMONTON: March 10, 2017 | CALGARY: March 17, 2017

Analyze common issues and mistakes, and discuss best practices for real estate matters. Learn practical tips to avoid Land Titles rejections, and to deal with trust conditions and trust accounting issues. Read the program brochure for more information. Register online today.

Intersection of Family and Criminal Law | CALGARY: March 11, 2017 | EDMONTON: March 18, 2017

Criminal issues sometimes arise in family law matters. Learn about protection orders, domestic violence issues, and cyber-related offences as they relate to custody, parenting, and reconciliation. Get program details, and register online today.

Immigration Fundamentals | CALGARY: March 14, 2017 | EDMONTON: March 23, 2017

Build a foundation in immigration law. Examine the basics of temporary study and work permits, the express entry program, family class immigration and refugee applications, and immigrant settlement procedures. Read the program brochure for more details. Register online today.

CPLED

2017/2018 CPLED ProgramRegistration for the 2017/2018 year opens today. You can view the CPLED Program Key Dates on.lesa.org/keydates for details about when the face-to-face sessions and online modules are running.

The registration deadline is May 31, 2017. Students who do not apply by this date are subject to a non-refundable late filing fee.

Visit our CPLED for Students website to find out what to expect from the CPLED Program and for other key information.

If you have any additional questions about the CPLED Program or the registration process, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator, Craig Edhart direct: 780.969.3554 or by email.

Legal Community Events

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Alberta Lawyers' Assistance Society

  • LESA is proud to sponsor the upcoming Hand-to-Hand event featuring Olympian Clara Hughes on March 8, 2017. Join the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, CPA Assist, and the U of A Faculty of Law for an evening with Clara Hughes that will inspire you to live your best life. Click here for more details.
  • On March 8 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, attend the free-of-cost New Parents’ Peer Support session. Discuss both the benefits and challenges of your journey while juggling the demands of practicing law with other new and expecting parents. Get more details.

Real Estate Essentials

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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”.

Register Online

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!