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Empower yourself to turn tough conversations into productive ones

Have you ever walked away from a conversation feeling as though you could have handled it more effectively? We’ve all been there at one time or another… where an emotionally charged situation shifted a conversation away from productivity towards an ineffective result.

Tough conversations, often experienced in the legal profession, can be handled in such a way where even if there is a disagreement, the end result can still be productive. We are excited to have Karmen Masson, LL.B., CEC  join us on September 30 for a half-day webinar entitled, “Dealing with Difficult Conversations“, where Karmen will share her experiences and best practices for how to turn tough conversations into productive ones.

Karmen is a Certified Executive Coach and leadership consultant who helps people and organizations have more effective interactions and build stronger relationships at work. She was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1997 and worked as a lawyer in private and government practice where she also took on senior management and executive roles. Working closely with members of the judiciary, the legal profession and its stakeholders for over twenty years, she has first-hand experience in dealing with a variety of behavioural styles and overcoming barriers to effective communication.

Read on for details for how you can equip yourself with tools, and employ a process, that will leave you feeling more confidant and comfortable to manage your difficult conversations.

PROGRAM TAKEAWAYS

  • Learn strategies for diffusing heated situations;
  • Discover what not to do when emotions get involved;
  • Understand how to prevent misunderstandings;
  • Address problems rather than postpone them;
  • Respond more effectively when you feel attacked;
  • Learn practical techniques for getting derailed conversations back on track;
  • Address conflict more confidently;
  • Employ a process to guide you from start to finish; and
  • Leave with skills and tools to help plan your difficult conversations.

Register today!

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Understanding value, assets, and strategy behind intellectual property

Whether your client is a large energy company actively involved in research and development, a start-up microbrewery, or a small business selling t-shirts online, your client owns intellectual property.

On September 16, join Christine E. Hicks of Hicks Intellectual Property Law for IP Issues for Non-IP Lawyers: Understanding Your Client’s Intellectual Property and What to Do About It to discuss how businesses can create value by adopting an IP strategy that includes identifying their IP assets, determining whether to register rights in their IP, creating a plan to commercialize their IP, and monitoring and enforcing their IP rights.

Key takeaways from this webinar:

  • Learn how to identify when your technology clients have created IP assets that should be protected and what advice to provide them before an IP professional is engaged.
  • Understand the steps your clients can take to adopt trademarks that are inherently strong, available for use, and registrable.
  • Appreciate the importance of copyright issues for any client having an online presence.
  • Explore the unique IP considerations for your computer software clients.
  • Learn how the IP profession is structured in Canada, when to seek the assistance of an IP professional, and what type of IP professionals are suitable for your clients’ needs.
  • Understand the importance of your clients developing an IP strategy that adds value to their businesses.

 

Register today!

 

Christine has over 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994 and passed her patent agent qualification examinations the following year. She has been a registered trademark agent since 1996. She spent her formative years as an intellectual property practitioner with the Ottawa office of Osler before moving to Alberta in 2000. She was called to the Bar of Alberta in 2001. Read more

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Escape to the mountains for your Real Estate CPD

 

We are pleased to announce that Commercial Real Estate: Leasing (postponed from April of this year) will run on October 23, 2020 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The content for Commercial Real Estate: Leasing will be the same as previously planned, plus we are adding an optional second day titled Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability on October 24, 2020. Register for both programs and save $90 (discount will automatically apply when qualifying items are in your cart). Plus, registration includes access to the recordings.

Escape to the fresh mountain air while enjoying in-person learning, engaging in distanced networking, and growing in your continuing professional development.

The health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff is LESA’s top priority. In following provincial and local public health requirements and recommendations, LESA is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all. As such, we are limiting the number of spots available for each program to 60 people. For information on LESA’s response to COVID-19 and the protective measures in place for in-person programming, please click here.

We have greatly missed seeing you in person and look forward to greeting you from a distance in October.

Scroll below for details on each program and click on the links to register today!

Commercial Real Estate: Leasing

Date: October 23, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Price: $445 + GST (Register also for Residential Real Estate and save $90 off the combined price)
Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

Chair:
Bianca Kratt, Parlee McLaws LLP

Faculty:
Brittany Earl, Duncan Craig LLP
Sharon Ohayon, Witten LLP
Salima Shivji, Dentons Canada LLP
Stephanie Wanke, Thomson Reuters

Analyze the lifecycle of commercial leases, including offers to lease, lease negotiations, tenant financing, default and enforcement, and current trends.

Topics

  • Discuss offers to lease versus letters of intent.
  • Explore landlord and tenant lease negotiations, including clauses to consider, restoration clauses, and standard form leases versus customized leases.
  • Consider tenant financing and the interplay with landlord financing.
  • Examine tenant defaults and landlord enforcement rights and remedies, including distress, termination, and the legal procedures to follow.
  • Hear from our esteemed faculty regarding current trends in commercial leasing, including requests for rent relief, surrender, and more.

Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability

Date: October 24, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Price: $445 + GST (Register also for Commercial Real Estate and save $90 off the combined price)
Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

Chair:
Jeffrey V. Kahane, Kahane Law Office
Additional faculty information coming soon.

Unexpected issues can arise in seemingly straightforward real estate matters. Develop strategies to recognize common and less common pitfalls, identify points of potential conflict, and protect yourself from liability. Enhance your capacity to serve clients and move transactions along.

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Sneak peek into our fall lineup of webinars

September is just around the corner, and while we are not yet ready to say goodbye to summer, we are excited to give you a sneak peek into our fall lineup of webinars. More titles will continually be added, so be sure to bookmark and visit this page often.

 

 

Date: September 16, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Price: $89 + GST

Presenter: Christine E. Hicks, Hicks Intellectual Property

Whether your client is a large energy company actively involved in research and development, a start-up microbrewery, or a small business selling t-shirts online, your client owns intellectual property. Businesses can create value by adopting an IP strategy that includes identifying their IP assets, determining whether to register rights in their IP, creating a plan to commercialize their IP, and monitoring and enforcing their IP rights. It is also important that businesses conduct the necessary inquiries and searches to evaluate the risk of infringing third party IP rights.

This webinar will provide practical information so that you can understand the types of IP owned by your clients and the steps that can be taken to develop and implement an IP strategy. The webinar will also touch on the nature of the IP profession and some of the tools used by IP practitioners to assist their clients.

 

 

 

Date: September 24, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Price: $89 + GST

Presenter: Dr. Daren K. Heyland, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University and critical care doctor, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Discuss the role lawyers play regarding medical decisions that patients and their agents must make when facing serious illness, such as COVID-19. Assess the challenges of ill-prepared patients and their agents, and the opportunity for doctors and lawyers to work together to the betterment of their patients/clients. Explore the deficiencies in current medical decision-making related to serious illness, and how a free, online, decision support tool called Plan Well Guide can facilitate collaboration between the medical and legal professions.

 

 

 

Date: September 30, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Price: $195 + GST

Presenter: Karmen Masson, LL.B., CEC, Karmen Masson Professional Coaching + Consulting

Develop strategies and key skills for turning tough conversations, often experienced in the legal profession, into more effective ones. Learn practical techniques for managing emotionally charged situations and moving in a productive direction, even when there is disagreement. Employ a process that will leave you feeling more comfortable and equipped to manage your difficult conversations.

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Field Law providing local support towards community organizations affected by the pandemic

Perhaps more than ever, this year it’s important to share opportunities for outreach, as there are many organizations struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and celebrate those that are making a positive difference. On behalf of Field Law, with office locations in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, LESA is pleased to share the below press release announcing their annual community fund program. Applications from community groups and organizations are being accepted until August 11.

 

Field Law Community Fund Offering $60,000 in Community Grants

Local support towards community organizations struggling with COVID-19 pandemic

 

CALGARY – JULY 22, 2020 – Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, has opened applications for its Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program), which will distribute $60,000 in grant funding between Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Applicants from community associations and charity initiatives (registered and non-registered) in those markets are encouraged to share how they are making a difference in their communities, and where they need support.  Application entries close on August 11, 2020, at 5 p.m. MST.

This year, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on community services and resources, the need has never been greater. This Program is an opportunity for community organizations to have a measurable impact and increase collaboration in the community. Field Law puts an emphasis on causes that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, diversity, equality, community and sports, or arts and culture.

 

 

 

 

 

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers, Southern 2017 Winner | Photo credit: supplied by Field Law

“This is a year like no other, and with many events and activities being delayed or cancelled, we know that community groups are struggling like never before,” says Field Law’s Managing Partner, Jeremiah Kowalchuk. “The Community Fund Program is one way that Field can help organizations persevere in these challenging times.”

Giving back to the communities where Field Law operates is a core value of the Firm. To date, through the Community Fund, Field Law has donated a total of $550,000 to 96 organizations for their “pay-it-forward” ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Alberta Hospital Pet Healing Program, Northern 2018 Winner | Photo credit: supplied by Field Law

Of the $60,000 in funding available, with a total $24,000 available for Northern Alberta market applicants, $24,000 for Southern Alberta organizations and $12,000 for Northwest Territories. Fielders will vote on the projects submitted and winners will be announced online on September 8, 2020.

In 2019, Edmonton-based Lakeside Haven – Violence Recovery for Women and Children was awarded $18,000 to assist in offering its twice annual retreat for women and their children who have experienced family violence and are currently living in a second stage, long-term shelter through Wings of Providence. The retreat offers these families a safe, nurturing space to explore new activities, rebuild relationships, relax, and heal as a family.

Traditional Fiddling in our Communities, a Yellowknife-based nonprofit, was awarded $15,000 in 2019 to assist in their efforts of teaching fiddle and fiddle dance in remote communities. The organization’s volunteer board holds teaching tours three times a year in addition to weekend fiddle workshops.

The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter was awarded $5,000 in 2019 through the Field Law Community Fund Program to kick start the Caring Dads Program. This program encourages fathers to make healthier choices and aims to have men become aware of why they choose abusive behaviour. The pilot for the Caring Dads program through the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter ran from September 2019 to January 2020.

For a complete list of Field Law Community Fund Program winners and application details, visit fieldlawcommunityfund.com.

 

ABOUT FIELD LAW

Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 120 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services, tax and real estate transactions.

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NEW TITLES! Webinars on Demand you can watch anytime, anywhere

Missed a Webinar? Watch the Webinar on Demand!

Recordings for past live webinars are now available as Webinars on Demand. Scroll below and click on the links for details and to purchase.

Webinars on Demand are organized by most recent titles. We will continually add new titles to this page, so be sure to check back often.


Price: $125 + GST | Original Date: July 21 2020

Co-Presenters:
Ken Proudman, 
Barr Picard Law
Darryl R. Antel, Felesky Flynn LLP

Learn about basic tax concepts, how the Income Tax Act classifies different sources of income in order to identify when an asset should be discounted for tax, how to minimize taxes when structuring a transfer of land or business in your family property settlement, the difference between tax credits, benefits, deductions, and amounts, and how changing parenting arrangements during the pandemic could affect their calculation.

 

Price: $95 + GST | Original Date: July 14 2020

Co-Presenters:
Spencer Ord, MBA, CPA, CA, CBV, CFF,
National Deputy Leader, Disputes, Deloitte LLP
Richa Bhagrath, CBV, Senior Manager, Valuations & Modelling at Deloitte LLP

This Webinar on Demand explores how to identify irregularities in financial statements. Gain a better understanding of how to uncover transactions and balances that are “managed” or manipulated. Review examples of the typical hot spots and learn to uncover irregularities or build evidence to establish your client’s position.

 

Price: $95 + GST | Original Date: June 15, 2020

Co-Presenters:
Elizabeth Aspinall, Law Society of Alberta
Nathan Lee, CompuVision

Identify the risks and benefits associated with the use of technology in your practice. Explore the changes to the Law Society of Alberta’s Code of Conduct addressing technological competence. Consider cybersecurity issues and walk away with tools to help you stay up-to-date and in compliance with your professional obligations.

 

Price: $95 + GST | Original Date: June 11, 2020

Presenter: Gordon P. VanderLeek, VanderLeek Law

This Webinar on Demand will examine the rules under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act and the regulations relating to applications for a review of accounts. Review the statutory and fiduciary obligations of a trustee and options for informal accounting. Discuss the application process, including ‘when’ and ‘how’, common mistakes made on accounting applications, and what to expect when your application is disputed.

 

Price: $95 + GST | Original Date: June 10, 2020

Presenter: John-Paul E. Boyd QC, John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers

Child support for adult children was once limited to cases involving ill or disabled children and those attending full-time post-secondary education. Those limits have been steadily eroded over the past two decades. Discuss the case law expanding the entitlement of adult children. You can no longer assume that an adult child who isn’t ill, disabled, or a student has no entitlement to support.

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Are you, or is someone you know, an internationally trained lawyer?

LESA is pleased to host a webinar for internationally trained lawyers with the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist). If you, or someone you know, is internationally trained and new to the Alberta legal market, this webinar is a must-attend program.

Navigating the Alberta Legal Workplace takes place on August 12th, 2020 from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM. Presented by Jade C.G. Goh, B.A., LL.B. with guest speaker Angad Bedi, this webinar will deliver practical information and explore an overview of law firms, law firm billings, and terminology.

Internationally trained lawyers are presented with a wide range of challenges as they embark on their legal career in Alberta. Attendees will walk away with:

  • an increased ability to respond appropriately to legal workplace situations;
  • a greater understanding of the customs of working in an Alberta law office;
  • an increased knowledge of terminology, which will benefit them in an interview setting as well as within the legal workplace; and
  • best practices for communicating with clients, lawyers, and others within the legal profession.

Registration is now open! Click here to register, and please help us spread the word by directing interested lawyers to LESA.org/itl 


 

 

 

 

 

The LESA team is excited to once again collaborate with the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) to bring you this webinar. Designed for internationally trained lawyers, this webinar will deliver practical tips and strategies to help leverage new opportunities in your career as you transition to the Alberta legal market.

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What is CAMS? How will it affect your practice?

LESA is pleased to host a webinar with the Court of Appeal of Alberta to deliver training on the new Court of Appeal Management System (CAMS).

This half-day webinar will bring you up to speed and ensure you are prepared for the transition to this new system. Learn how each component will impact and benefit your appellate practice.

Court of Appeal E-Filing will broadcast live on August 19th, 2020 from 9:00 AM–12:00 PM. Did you know that webinar registration includes access to the recording? That means, even if you are unable to attend the live broadcast date, you will automatically receive access to the Webinar on Demand, with related materials, to watch and learn at your convenience.

Read on for details and click here to register today!

What is CAMS?

CAMS is a comprehensive case and document management system and an electronic filing system that provides registered users the ability to initiate an appeal, file materials, and pay applicable fees electronically. CAMS is designed to better serve the administration of justice, litigants, the Bar, and the public at large. It digitizes and automates many of the Court’s procedures and records.

The Court implemented electronic storage of, and internal electronic access to, court records in 2017. Since then, the Court has dedicated resources to implementing e-filing and e-access to court records. Most recently, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court has permitted litigants and lawyers to initiate an appeal, file materials and pay applicable fees, all online.

How will CAMS affect your appellate practice?

For litigants and lawyers, the benefits of CAMS include:

  • Increased accessibility to the Court;
  • The ability to file documents remotely from office or home at any time of the day or night, thereby eliminating the need for costs related to a physical visit to the courthouse, postage, courier or messenger fees;
  • The elimination of paper copies of all documents, which includes the appeal record, factum, case authorities and Extracts of Key Evidence, resulting in cost, time and resource savings;
  • The ability to access full case information at any time online and view the full text of all filed documents; and
  • The ability to electronically receive notices, correspondence, and judgments from the Court.

What is new about CAMS effective August 31, 2020?

As of August 31, 2020, litigants and their lawyers will have online access to all of their case materials and other information about their appeals including the full text of all filed documents, deadlines, hearing dates, outcomes, and more.

What topics will this webinar cover?

Account Setup
Learn how to become a CAMS registered user and discuss how to set up a law firm administrator account, which grants the ability to manage the creation of new accounts and share electronic access to appeals with other lawyers and staff across your firm.

Accessing “My Appeals”
Discover how to electronically access the entire contents of the court file along with information about the parties, counsel of record, the order, judgment or decision under appeal, hearing dates, outcomes, filing deadlines, and more.

Filing Electronic Documents & Online Payment of Filing Fees
Learn about the minimum hardware and software requirements in order to use CAMS. Discover how to initiate an appeal, file documents on existing appeals, and pay any applicable filing fees electronically. Hear how paper will be eliminated!

New Electronic Formatting Requirements
Consider the new formatting requirements for electronic documents, including page numbering, bookmarking, hyperlinking, coloured backgrounds, and more.

Attend this webinar to watch live demonstrations, interact with CAMS Project Team members in a live Q&A, and walk away with valuable information sheets delivering step-by-step instructions to benefit your appellate practice.

Register today!

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Coffee Chats in the Time of COVID

There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has had an affect our world. Yet, despite the uncertainty of these times, there are many who are choosing to get creative and are finding ways to navigate the global crisis with innovation, determination, and connection. One such initiative is the weekly virtual chat put on by the Canadian Bar Association coined, “Coffee in the Times of COVID“. These online gatherings create a supportive space for young lawyers and law students to meet and discuss topics of interest and the impact of COVID-19 on their lives, both personally and professionally. Enabling connection is at the forefront of this virtual coffee chat with topics that focus on professional challenges/opportunities, personal growth, and creative ways to maintain wellness in these unprecedented times.

1. THE LOST JOBS SERIES

The COVID-19 pandemic has had serious impacts both on our healthcare system and our economy. As a result, many Canadians have lost jobs or been laid off temporarily as their employers weather the financial storm. The legal profession has not been immune to these challenges, and as a result, many young lawyers and law students have lost jobs or upcoming opportunities. In this series, sessions will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on summer positions, articling, and associate jobs, and participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, resources, and tips with other young lawyers and law students from across Canada.

2. THE WELL-BEING SERIES

While physical distancing will keep Canadians safe from COVID-19, it has really turned everyone’s lives upside down. Whether you are stressed about your upcoming graduation being cancelled or cannot seem to figure out how to remain productive while working from home, the struggle is real. In this series, we will explore topics relating to promoting well-being during these strange times, while trying to come up with collective ideas on how to keep calm and carry on.

Anyone who is a member of the CBA can propose a topic, so long as it falls under one of the above noted streams. Gatherings are limited to nine participants to maintain intimacy and are about an hour long on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 11:00 AM EST.

Upcoming sessions include:

Inclusion in the Workplace
Friday, July 10, 2020

Balancing Home and Work Life During COVID-19
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

30 Years’ Perspective In Practice: There and Back Again
Friday, July 24, 2020

Grab yourself a coffee and check ’em out!

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Watch webinars at your convenience!

Did you know that webinar registration includes access to the recording? That means, that even if you are unable to make the live broadcast date, you will receive the Webinar on Demand to watch and learn at your convenience. Wherever your summer plans may take you, LESA is dedicated to providing you with continuing legal education that meets you where you are.

Whether you are watching on your laptop in the backyard or at your office, LESA webinars will ensure you stay up-to-date and current in your practice.

Scroll below for details on our upcoming titles or visit LESA.org/webinars

Financial Statement Shenanigans

Date: July 14, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Price: $95 + GST  $49 + GST

Presenter: Spencer Ord, MBA, CPA, CA, CBV, CFF, National Deputy Leader, Disputes, Deloitte

Attend this webinar to learn how to identify irregularities in financial statements. Gain a better understanding of how to uncover transactions and balances that are “managed” or manipulated. Review examples of the typical hot spots and walk away with increased knowledge of how you can uncover irregularities or build evidence to establish your client’s position.

IP Issues for Non-IP Lawyers: Understanding Your Client’s Intellectual Property and What to Do About It

Date: July 15, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Price: $95 + GST  $49 + GST

Presenter: Christine E. Hicks, Hicks Intellectual Property Law

Whether your client is a large energy company actively involved in research and development, a start-up microbrewery, or a small business selling t-shirts online, your client owns intellectual property. Businesses can create value by adopting an IP strategy that includes identifying their IP assets, determining whether to register rights in their IP, creating a plan to commercialize their IP, and monitoring and enforcing their IP rights. It is also important that businesses conduct the necessary inquiries and searches to evaluate the risk of infringing third party IP rights.

This webinar will provide practical information so that you can understand the types of IP owned by your clients and the steps that can be taken to develop and implement an IP strategy. The webinar will also touch on the nature of the IP profession and some of the tools used by IP practitioners to assist their clients.

Drafting Clauses: Common Amendments and Changes to Real Estate Contracts

Date: July 16, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:30 PM

Price: $125 + GST  $69 + GST

Presenter: Jeffrey V. Kahane, Kahane Law Office

Attend this webinar to explore common drafting errors made by real estate agents and lawyers alike. Gain a greater understanding of what goes into properly drafting a holdback clause, how to take simple things out of the contract (such as RPRs), and what to do when changing the “standard” terms of the AREA contract. Attendees will address commonly confused issues, and walk away with increased clarity surrounding basic principals of real estate contracts.

Tax for Family Law Lawyers Part 1: Tax Concepts and Planning

Date: July 21, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:15 PM

Price: $95 + GST  $49 + GST

Co-Presenters: Ken Proudman, Barr Picard Law and Darryl R. Antel, Felesky Flynn LLP

Learn about basic tax concepts, how the Income Tax Act classifies different sources of income in order to identify when an asset should be discounted for tax, how to minimize taxes when structuring a transfer of land or business in your family property settlement, the difference between tax credits, benefits, deductions, and amounts, and how changing parenting arrangements during the pandemic could affect their calculation.

Tax for Family Law Lawyers Part 2: Benefit and Credit Update

Date: July 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:15 PM

Price: $95 + GST  $49 + GST

Co-Presenters: Ken Proudman, Barr Picard Law and Radhika Gauthier, CPA, CA, Gauthier Professional Corporation

Review tax deductions, benefits, amounts, and credits as they relate to family law, with particular focus on support and legal fee deductions, child care expenses, and the Tax Court’s new approach to the Amount for Eligible Dependent.  Although some tax concepts will be briefly reviewed, attending Part 1 is recommended, especially for practitioners less familiar with these concepts.