Wills and Estates

Indigenous Leaders in the Alberta Legal Community Series | Justice Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay

This week, as part of our series highlighting the achievements of Indigenous members of the Alberta legal community, we would like to spotlight Justice Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay. Justice Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay is a Cree woman from the Kipohtakaw (Alexander) First Nation. She grew up on her First Nation with her community, parents, and family. She notes that …

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New Benefit for LESA Library Subscribers: 50% Off On-Demand Programs

We are happy to announce a new benefit for subscribers of the LESA Library. Whether you subscribe to one, two, or all six core areas of law, we are pleased to offer you 50% off our entire collection of on-demand programs. What are On-Demand Programs? LESA’s on-demand programs are recordings of past programs delivered live …

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Alberta Revises the Title of its Superior Trial Court

With the passing of the late Queen Elizabeth II, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the Royal Family. Her Majesty dedicated over 70 years of her life to public service – the longest reigning Monarch in British history. As Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty was a much loved and respected figure, tying …

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LESA Has Your Back: Surrogate Rules Amendments

On June 15, 2022, amendments made to Alberta’s Surrogate Rules, Alta Reg 130/1995, came into effect across the province. The key amendments replace the former Noncontentious (NC) forms with the new Grant Application (GA) forms, and introduce a new electronic application system called the Surrogate Digital Service. The new GA forms must be used for …

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What to Expect in Alberta Courts: Current COVID Landscape

In March of 2020, the full force of the global pandemic resulted in restricted access to all Canadian courthouses. With the shift to working remotely, lawyers began communicating with clients via email and video chat, and court proceedings were moved to Webex.[1] Reduced capacity was maintained in Alberta courtrooms into the spring of 2022. However, …

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LESA Refresher 2022 Papers Now Available

Papers are now available from LESA’s Refresher 2022: Wills and Estates. This past spring we hosted our annual LESA Refresher in the mountains. With a focus on wills and estates, attendees engaged in an in-depth exploration of estate planning, estate administration, and estate litigation issues. Topics included managing the court process, common and unique claims …

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Let’s Agree to Disagree: Differing Canadian Perspectives on the Presumption of Resulting Trust and Beneficiary Designations | Paper Summary

It can be very difficult to challenge beneficiary designations. Until recently, the law in Alberta on this issue was unsettled, and jurisprudence in other provinces remains divided. Michael Klaray and Jordan Achtymichuk’s paper, from LESA’s Refresher 2022: Wills and Estates, “Let’s Agree to Disagree: Differing Canadian Perspectives on the Presumption of Resulting Trust and Beneficiary …

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Notice of Discontinuance | LESA’s Alberta Surrogate Forms Publication

LESA’s Alberta Surrogate Forms publication will be discontinued as of June 15, 2022.   The Surrogate Rules, Alta Reg 130/1995, were recently amended to replace the existing NC forms with new GA forms and to permit electronic applications using a Surrogate Digital Service. Those amendments come into force on June 15, 2022. Effective June 15, 2022, …

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Meet the Faculty | AGTA for Legal Support Staff

Are you a legal support staff who is new to AGTA applications, or perhaps looking to brush up on the basics? If so, this program is for you. Join us for a full-day of engaging content and review common applications under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA), from desk applications to in-court ones. Identify issues that may …

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