7th Annual Law & Practice Update Program Materials

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This 2-day program provides updates on a full spectrum of substantive law and practice management topics tailored to solo and small firm practitioners. It covers a range of subjects in multiple areas of law, including wills and estates, business, real estate, family law, and more.

This paper provides an overview of child support variation applications, including considerations to effectively apply for or defend against an application. It reviews the statutory jurisdiction of the court to vary child support, discusses procedural requirements to apply for or defend against an application to vary child support, and summarizes recent jurisprudence on varying child support in Alberta. The paper includes excerpts of legislation, practice notes, and other resources related to … Read More

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This paper provides an overview of the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association [ALIA], including what ALIA does and does not do. Topics discussed include how the deductible works, when a surcharge applies, how excess insurance operates, when you should report a claim, and how ALIA responds to claims. The paper also highlights ALIA’s top claim areas and provides tips for lawyers to avoid being sued.

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This paper discusses considerations for parties in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. It reviews key provisions under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, RSC 1985, c B-3 [BIA] and highlights 4 common bankruptcy options available under the BIA: summary administration, ordinary administration, division one proposals, and division two proposals (consumer proposals).

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As the number of seniors in Canada grows, so too does the prevalence of issues unique to seniors. This paper discusses some of those issues, including capacity, suspicious circumstances, undue influence, and elder abuse. It also provides practice tips to help you recognize and effectively deal with these issues and properly document your file.

This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s 7th Annual Law & Practice Update in Edmonton on October 20–21, 2017.

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This paper discusses succession planning for law firms. It highlights the objectives of and impediments to succession planning. It also summarizes some of the things that law firms can do now to start planning for the retirement of key senior members of a firm, including assessing risk, creating incentives, setting timelines, grooming successors, and creating alternate roles. The paper includes a sample senior associate professional services contract as an appendix.

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This paper provides tips to improve your courtroom practice from the perspective of the Bench. It includes a brief background on the workload and content facing the court, as well as judicial discretion. It also discusses best practices for lawyers appearing in court, including considering a cost/benefit analysis, utilizing the Rules of Court, following time limits, getting costs, and completing trials on time. As well, the paper looks briefly at potential future court issues and arrangements, … Read More

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This paper provides an overview of judicial dispute resolutions [JDRs]. It includes a background on the JDR process, highlighting the applicable Rules of Court provisions for JDRs. It also provides tips for the JDR brief and appearance. The paper includes a number of helpful appendices related to JDRs, including scheduling information, sample JDR-related correspondence, a sample JDR brief, and sample binding JDR matrimonial agreements.

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This paper is directed towards lawyers interested in becoming a principal of an articling student. It discusses how to connect with students looking for an articling position, what to expect as a principal, and why you should become a principal. It also includes articling-related forms from the Law Society of Alberta.

This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s 7th Annual Law & Practice Update in Edmonton on October 20–21, 2017.

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This paper focuses on broader estate-related issues that drafting lawyers should be aware of when estate planning. It discusses a testator’s legal and moral obligations under the legislation and case law. It also provides tips for preparing enduring powers of attorney and personal directives to minimize the risk of future litigation. In addition, the paper highlights the intestacy provisions under the Wills and Succession Act, SA 2010, c W-12.2.

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This paper highlights proposed changes to the Income Tax Act, RSC 1985, c 1 (5th Supp) [ITA] that would impact how lawyers and law firms deal with work in progress (WIP) on their firm taxable income. It discusses potential billing solutions to deal unbilled WIP and identifies other potential issues that may arise as a result of the proposed ITA changes.

This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s 7th Annual Law & Practice Update in Edmonton on October 20–21, 2017.

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