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  • This paper discusses the implications of legalizing recreational cannabis on the commercial real estate industry. It includes considerations for cannabis retailers in leases, and highlights legislative and regulatory requirements with respect to cannabis retail space. It also provides tips for tenants to employ in offers to lease and negotiations. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Legalization of Marijuana program in Edmonton on May 17, 2018 and in Calgary on May 24, 2018.  
  • This paper examines changes in financing practice for lawyers acting for lenders and borrowers. It discusses regulatory requirements respecting anti-money laundering, requirements of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, and professional requirements to hold and protect private information. It also provides tips for enforceability opinions. This paper also focuses particular attention on real estate lending, discussing changes to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing corporation master loan insurance policy, environmental concerns, title insurance, and due diligence searches. A number of appendices, such as client identification requirements and beneficial ownership requirements, are also included. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s 51st Annual Refresher: Business program in Lake Louise from May 6–8, 2018.  
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    This paper provides tips for lawyers transitioning to the Alberta Land Titles Online (ALTO) system for real estate matters. The suggestions provided are based on the lessons learned from the author’s own transition to ALTO. The paper discusses implementing a pilot project prior to making a full transition to ALTO, planning for changes to lawyer involvement and processes, considering different technical options, understanding digital signatures, and more. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Real Estate Fundamentals program in Edmonton on April 17, 2018 and in Calgary on April 24, 2018.  
  • This paper provides a how-to guide for running a real estate file when acting for the buyer. It provides tips and information for handling a file from start to finish, including receiving the purchase contract, conducting searches, reviewing and preparing purchase and mortgage documents, meeting with and reporting to clients, and requesting funds and closing. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Real Estate Fundamentals program in Edmonton on April 17, 2018 and in Calgary on April 24, 2018.  
  • This paper provides a how-to guide for running a real estate file when acting for the seller. It provides tips for handling a file from start to finish, including information on title and tax searches, payout statements, Real Property Reports, trust letters, closings, and common problems and mistakes. It also includes recommended practice guides for Real Property Reports. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Real Estate Fundamentals program in Edmonton on April 17, 2018 and in Calgary on April 24, 2018.