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  • This paper identifies the different types of condominiums used in Alberta, including building condominium plans, bare land condominium plans, and hybrid condominium plans. It then comments on the most notable features of each type and attaches samples of plans to illustrate those features. This paper was drawn from materials presented at the Condominiums program held in May 2012.
  • This paper articulates the various circumstances under which you may be retained to draft a pre-nuptual or cohabitation agreement. The author discusses the importance of the steps leading up to drafting and offers practical suggestions for how to protect yourself and your client in these types of deals. Appended to the paper are helpful drafting tips prepared for a previous LESA program. This paper was drawn from materials presented at the Cohabitation and Pre-Nuptial Agreements program held in May 2012.
  • This paper focuses on two aspects of pre-nuptual agreements, cohabitation agreements and minutes of settlement, namely giving independent advice and the impact of the amendments to the Wills and Succession Act as they relate to the Matrimonial Property Act. The author offers a list of best practices for giving independent legal advice and discusses some of the unanticipated pitfalls for lawyers and clients arising from the interaction of these two pieces of legislation. This paper was drawn from materials presented at the Cohabitation and Pre-Nuptial Agreements program held in May 2012.
  • This paper looks at the points of cohabitation and pre-nuptual agreements that are most vulnerable to being challenged and the Alberta Courts’ treatment of these agreements. Failure to meet statutory requirements, inadequate financial disclosure, duress, and lack of independent legal advice all constitute bases for these agreements being challenged. This paper examines each through the lens of a comprehensive review of the case law. This paper was drawn from materials presented at the Cohabitation and Pre-Nuptial Agreements program held in May 2012.  
  • This paper distinguishes between pre-nuptial, post-nuptual and cohabitation agreements and offers the reader a primer on what you can and cannot achieve in these types of agreements. The author discusses the options available for addressing property division and spousal support, and clarifies the limitations of these agreements to address child issues such as support and custody and access. In particular, the author offers some practical considerations related to independent legal advice and disclosure requirements. This paper was drawn from materials presented at the Cohabitation and Pre-Nuptial Agreements program held in May 2012.
  • This paper was presented at our Immigration Law seminar in September of 2011. This paper addresses the rights of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their spouses, common law partners or conjugal partners for permanent residence in Canada. The author reviews the application procedure and how to file a successful application. This document is an electronic product in Adobe PDF format. Shortly after your purchase, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to download the complete PDF. Click here to view some sample pages.
  • This paper provides immigration law practitioners with an overview of the issues they are likely to encounter when assessing and addressing criminal and medical inadmissibility. The paper examines the circumstances in which a foreign national is barred from entry to Canada on the basis of criminality or health and provides an overview of the options for overcoming these inadmissibilities. This paper was presented at our Immigration Law program in September of 2011.
  • This paper focuses on the Economic Class under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The author addresses three possible avenues for skilled workers under the Economic Class to obtain Permanent Resident Status in Canada: the Federal Skilled Worker, the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Class. The paper outlines the different criteria and the advantages and disadvantages when applying under each class. This paper was presented at our Immigration Law program in September of 2011.
  • The authors address “Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Exempt” or “Confirmation Exempt” work permits. It provides an overview of the most common Confirmation Exempt Work Permit Categories and the Temporary Foreign Worker Units. Issues discussed include why you should consider an LMO exempt category as well as the legal and procedural requirements for LMO exempt applications. The authors conclude with a discussion on the options available for making these applications. This paper was presented at our Immigration Law progrsm in September of 2011.