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  • Familiarity with the language typically used in wills can lead to complacency and a lack of consideration of circumstances where changes to the usual forms might be warranted. This paper considers some of the issues that arise in the context of drafting wills. While not exhaustive, it is intended to provide a starting point for lawyers who may be new to estate planning or who do not regularly practice in this area. This paper was presented at LESA’s Estate Planning Fundamentals webinar on December 4, 2020.
  • 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary since the implementation of the Child Support Recalculation Program in Alberta. The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other economic factors have resulted in significant income decreases for many Canadians. Review recent case law and consider possible solutions to protect clients. This paper was presented at LESA’s Family Law Updates Part 2: Financial Affairs webinar on November 27, 2020.
  • This paper provides tools to negotiate through potential contentious real estate matters in the purchase contract. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability program in Lake Louise on October 24, 2020.
  • The cost incurred by a client to have legal counsel negotiate a settlement under threat of pending litigation can be substantial. This paper addresses important considerations for lawyers when making applications for costs in the context of family law in Alberta. It also addresses matters involving self-represented litigants who either advance claim for costs or have costs awarded against them. This paper was presented at LESA’s Family Law Updates Part 2: Financial Affairs webinar on November 27, 2020.
  • The bankruptcy regime and the matrimonial/family property and support regimes were not designed with each other in mind. There have been calls for reform, and the case law has attempted to fill the void. This paper provides a summary of the existing law in Alberta and a commentary on certain unresolved issues. This paper was presented at LESA’s Family Law Updates Part 2: Financial Affairs webinar on November 27, 2020.
  • This paper provides basic information on the Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association’s (“ALIA”) role in negligence claims within residential real estate transactions. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability program in Lake Louise on October 24, 2020.
  • Understanding how and when trust conditions are problematic requires understanding of what trust conditions are, how they arise, what their effect is, and what the Law Society of Alberta’s role is in regulating lawyer conduct vis-à-vis trust conditions. Learn what a trust condition is, what is required to establish a trust condition and what is the effect of a trust condition. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability program in Lake Louise on October 24, 2020.