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  • This on-demand program focuses on preliminary and pre-transaction considerations, including non-disclosure and exclusivity. Explore key transaction structuring considerations such as business organization/structure (joint venture vs. limited partnership vs. corporation) and tax considerations. This on-demand program was originally broadcasted as a webinar on September 13, 2021. Total running time is 1 hour, 13 minutes.
  • Identify, unpack, and intervene in systemic racism within legal institutions and your own practice. Moving beyond a diversity and inclusion lens, this session encourages members of the legal community to develop an anti-racist framework. This on-demand program was originally broadcasted as a webinar on September 9, 2021. Total running time is 1 hour, 54 minutes. This on-demand program is complimentary.
  • Surveying recent Alberta jurisprudence, this paper provides an update on parenting issues. Topics include: Practice Note 2 and clarification on what can and cannot occur in regular family chambers; how courts have addressed COVID-19 factors; mobility; shared parenting; supervised parenting; reversal of custody cases; and the stay of enforcement test for parenting decisions. This paper was presented at LESA’s Family Law Update Part 1 – Parenting and Children webinar on November 20, 2020.
  • This paper highlights important considerations for lawyers looking to grow their practice by focusing on the business of law. Through simple strategies provided and discussed, junior and mid-level lawyers can develop practices that are both financially healthy and sustainable.
  • While core concepts relating to the law of child support and spousal support may be straightforward, overlooking important considerations could impact clients in ways that family lawyers do not anticipate. This paper canvasses seven core fundamentals family counsel should keep in mind when analyzing their clients’ right to claim support or their respective liability for support.
  • This paper provides some background on the intersection of family violence and family law, particularly parenting issues, and your obligations to your client. It also highlights recent amendments to the Divorce Act that touch on family violence.
  • This paper reviews key factors and ethical issues that lawyers must consider when preparing, drafting, and advising clients on cohabitation agreements.
  • This paper surveys current court processes for family law matters at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Alberta Provincial Court (as of January 2021). It also provides a helpful overview of procedural requirements for various types of applications and court documents.
  • This template letter, written from the perspective of counsel for a purchaser, provides sample clauses that will assist practitioners in determining the scope and depth of due diligence inquiries. This paper was presented at LESA’s Due Diligence in M&A Transactions webinar on January 21, 2021.
  • This paper addresses specifically how “informal offers” of settlement have been treated and considered in contrast to “formal offers” by the Alberta Courts prior to the Rule 10.33(2) Amendment. This paper includes sample orders, Alberta Rules of Court Amendment Regulations, and excerpts from Rules of Court. This paper was presented at LESA’s To See or Not to See: The Impact of Without Prejudice Offers to Settle on Future Costs Awards webinar on November 19, 2020.
  • This paper will explore the substantive and procedural requirements that exist in Alberta that are required to obtain an order permitting the service of an action outside the geographical boundaries of Canada. In doing so, the applicable Rules governing service ex juris will be examined, as well as the test that Alberta Courts apply when deciding whether to permit service ex juris. For a webinar include this statement: This paper was presented at LESA’s Rules of Court 2020 webinar on November 4 & 5, 2020.
  • This paper sets out four principles for drafting pleadings strategically – pleading particulars; pleading adverse interests; pleading to inform the scope of document production; and pleading to inform the scope of questioning. Applying these principles will help to ensure pleadings adequately present the claim/defence, and obtain the evidence necessary to make one’s case. This paper was presented at LESA’s Rules of Court 2020 webinar on November 4 & 5, 2020.