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  • This paper seeks to address the following questions that challenge both junior family law counsel and senior practitioners: How can lawyers juggle various files while keeping their practice moving forward while, at the same time, minimizing stress and having a life outside of the office? Divided into sections, this paper discusses important topics such as planning a career, client service, and time management. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.  
  • This paper explains how technology can be used in settlement conferences to enhance and improve the way that the settlement conference is delivered to the clients. Technology in the boardroom not only helps lawyers prepare for meetings, but assists clients in following the progress of their matter from start to finish. Sample minutes are included. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.  
  • This paper overviews the types of financial-based decisions made in one’s law practice when dealing with clients, such as ensuring money is available to clients from another party and ensuring money is available to counsel from the client. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.  
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    This paper reviews the law in Alberta applicable to common law relationships. Divided in various sections, this paper begins with the historical development of property rights for common law individuals followed by a review of the most recent Supreme Court of Canada decision (Kerr) and its subsequent interpretation. Next, Walsh and more recent case law as well as legislative responses in the various provinces are discussed. The author also examines spousal support entitlement, the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act, and, finally, the entitlements under provincial, federal legislation, and private rules. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.  
  • This paper discusses considerations at each stage of conducting a family law hearing. The author overviews topics such as cloud technology and one’s practice, technology and the tort of privacy, electronic trials, and electronic hearings and Skype evidence. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.  
  • This paper presents a discussion of practice pointers and strategies that may be useful to effectively move family law litigation files to resolution, either as determined by the parties or by third parties (judges or arbitrators). The author stresses the importance that lawyers not litigate family law files unless no other option is available. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.
  • In dialogue with the increasing trend of self-represented litigants, the purposes of this paper are: to review recent data regarding the participation of SRL’s in the court system (both from the perspective of lawyers and court workers); to assist the family law lawyer in understanding the different issues which may arise when dealing with the SRL; and to suggest various strategies to more effectively deal with the different types of SRL’s (with a view of decreasing time, aggravation, and expense). This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.  
  • This paper addresses affinity, alignment, and estrangement with a focus on the concepts behind parental alienation, the warning signs that alienation might exist, and what lawyers and judges can do to address parental alienation. In its conclusion, this paper discusses the importance of identifying warning signs and symptoms of parental alienation as well as the best ways to treat and deal with these cases. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.
  • This paper provides a detailed overview of the valuation of pensions upon marriage breakdown. Some topics include defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, determining factors in a pension valuation, and determining the value of the matrimonial pension asset. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.  
  • Based on the intersection between family and immigration law, this paper highlights some of the immigration related issues that family lawyers may encounter. Written from the perspective of an immigration lawyer, this paper addresses numerous topics including sponsorship, international adoption, marriage fraud, foreign divorce, and custody and access when one parent has foreign status. This paper was presented at the 46th Annual Family Law Refresher in April of 2013.