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Browse our resources, including the Alberta Wills and Estates Practice Manual, Alberta Surrogate Formspapers, and on-demand programs on topics such as estate administration, drafting, surrogate forms, estate accounting, trusts, tax issues, and more.

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Notice to Articled Students – Requests for Bar Admission Ceremonies at the Court of King’s Bench (2024)
On May 1, 2024, the Court of King’s Bench will begin accepting 2024 bar admission requests. Requests for bar admissions for June, July, and August will not be processed until May 20, 2024 due to limited resources. Bar admission requests must be made by submitting the Bar Admission Booking Request ...
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Mental Health Awareness Week: Managing Mental Health as an Early Lawyer
In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada, the LESA blog spotlights our very own Legal Content Writer, Susan Emam. Susan graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law in 2022. She received admission to the British Columbia Bar in 2023 and is currently a Staff Lawyer at ...
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Wills and Estates
Access to Surrogate Forms Through LESA
The administration of an estate can be complex and is governed by various legislation. The Surrogate Rules, Alta Reg 130/1995 [Surrogate Rules], provides prescribed forms for the estate administration process. Amendments to the Surrogate Rules in 2022 created significant reform in the estate grant application process. These amendments replaced the ...
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Spotlight On: Estate Litigation – With Françoise Belzil
LESA’s upcoming estate litigation program is chaired by senior counsel at Biamonte Law, Françoise Belzil. For the last thirty years, Françoise has enjoyed the practice of law. Her practice is primarily focused on estate law and estate-related matters. She is motivated by helping clients reach resolutions to challenging family disputes ...
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New Program Alert | Practice Foundations: Adult Guardianships and Trusteeships
This program will address various applications – desk applications, applications by hearing, urgent applications, and accounting applications – as well as capacity issues. Program Details Date: May 28, 2024 Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Early Bird Price: $475 Early bird pricing expires April 29, 2024. Regular price: $525 Faculty Chair Victoria ...
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Alberta Court of King’s Bench Announcement: Changes in Filing for Wills and Testamentary Documents
The courts have announced that Wills and testamentary documents will no longer be accepted at the counter, in a surrogate drop box, at Judicial Centres other than Edmonton, or via delivery by courier or court runner. Effective April 8, 2024, Wills and testamentary documents for Surrogate Digital Service (“SDS”) must ...
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New Program Alert | Effective Legal Writing Skills
Written communication is integral to the practice of law. The ability to produce well-written legal documents will greatly benefit your practice. This webinar will provide strategies and best practices for legal writing in Alberta. Topics include: Essential elements of clear writing to maximize clarity How to effectively structure sentences Strategies ...
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New Program Alert | The Next Level: Elevating Your Practice in Estate Litigation
The nature of family dynamics and relationships affects estate litigation in ways that differ from other litigation matters. This program will delve into some of the unique aspects of estate litigation: the interplay between family law and the Wills and Succession Act, use of experts, the intersection with will drafting, ...
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