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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

B.C. law groups band together to support Access to Justice Robert Bauman

Over the next three years, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Foundation of BC will dedicate $150,000 for a grant to support Access to Justice BC. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Bonkalo report: Questions about paralegals for family cases | Nicholas Bala

The recently released Family Legal Services Review, authored by retired chief justice Annemarie Bonkalo, offers some sound recommendations addressing concerns related to the growing number of unrepresented family litigants, but also makes controversial proposals for allowing representation by paralegals in family cases. These proposals raise fundamental questions about the different roles of lawyers and paralegals. ... [read more]

Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:48 PM

Proposed bill boosts powers of Manitoba Children’s Advocate

A bill sitting before the Manitoba legislature will give the Office of the Children's Advocate more power to investigate and make public reports on services related to young people across the province. ... [read more]

Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 8:06 AM

Implementing a family law dispute settlement

Once the settlement in a family law dispute has been documented, it needs to be implemented. Where real property is to be transferred or secured, real estate counsel will have to prepare and register the necessary documents and obtain the consent of mortgagees, if required. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Social media postings creating a litigation 'gold mine'

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

Settling a family law dispute is only the first step, then comes the documentation

Once the parties have reached a settlement in a family law dispute, the next issue is how to document it.   ... [read more]

Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

In family law, jurisdiction where relationship ends more important than where it began | Sarah Boulby

One of the challenges that family lawyers face in advising clients is having to explain the many ways in which a client’s reasonable expectation about his or her rights when a marriage end differs from what the law provides.  This is true of many aspects of family law but can be most striking in multi-jurisdictional cases in which a family have moved during their relationship. Family law is location specific, not family specific. ... [read more]

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Expanding paralegals' services draws criticism from legal profession

This week's recommendation by the Family Legal Services Review that paralegals should be allowed to work some cases without the supervision of a lawyer has alarmed some in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

Drawing the fine line between zealous advocacy and incivility

Like American politics, the legal profession has suffered a decline in civility. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Hamilton council to vote on cutting edge transgender protection protocol

On March 8, Hamilton city council will vote on a protocol for gender identity and gender expression that will protect the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming persons in public spaces. ... [read more]